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TX Fort Worth TX Zone Forecast for Wednesday, April 17, 2019 _____ 483 FPUS54 KFWD 172032 ZFPFWD Zone Forecast Product National Weather Service Fort Worth TX 332 PM CDT Wed Apr 17 2019 TXZ119-181000- Dallas- Including the city of Dallas 332 PM CDT Wed Apr 17 2019 .TONIGHT...Showers and thunderstorms this evening...then showers and thunderstorms likely after midnight. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 80 percent. .THURSDAY...Mostly cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning...then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Cooler. Less humid with highs around 70. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph becoming north 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. .THURSDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Cooler with lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. .FRIDAY...Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. .FRIDAY NIGHT...Clear. Lows around 50. North winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the south after midnight. .SATURDAY...Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. .SATURDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Not as cool with lows in the lower 60s. .SUNDAY...Mostly sunny. Highs around 80. .SUNDAY NIGHT...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. .MONDAY...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 70s. .MONDAY NIGHT...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. .TUESDAY...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in...

Man accused in Tennessee kidnapping apprehended in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - Federal authorities apprehended near Dallas a car salesman accused of kidnapping a paralyzed man in Tennessee and forcing him to hand over nearly $200,000 or risk his life and the lives of his family, police said Wednesday. The federal task force took 42-year-old Daniel Clayton Bryant into custody Sunday at a hotel in Cedar Hill, southwest of Dallas, Cedar Hill police Lt. Colin Chenault said. Bryant is charged with kidnapping, bank robbery and extortion. He was being held Wednesday at a federal prison outside Dallas. Authorities have not said when he will be returned to Tennessee. The victim, who has one leg and is paralyzed down one side, told police that Bryant offered to drive him home April 1 after he left his pickup for service at a dealership in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to a federal criminal complaint. The man said he had received a financial settlement after he suffered severe injuries at work, documents show. He said Bryant forced him to withdraw thousands in cashier's checks and cash over a two-day period from two Bank of America locations, and that Bryant threatened to kill him and his family if he didn't comply. Bryant then deposited $199,000 into his own bank accounts, the complaint said. Bryant also allegedly drove the man to a hotel near Atlanta, took the man's credit cards and forced him to smoke crack cocaine, the complaint said. No attorney has been identified to speak on Bryant's behalf.

Rise in suicide attempts in Texas prisons alarms advocates

DALLAS (AP) - Sawyer Letcher heard voices others couldn't. They told him to hurt himself. Trying to silence the clamor in his head, the 19-year-old would bang it against a prison wall in Texas until he bled. He tried to hang himself at least twice before eventually taking his life with bed sheets in his cell in May 2017. His attempts at suicide were warnings that prison staff neglected to address, according to a lawsuit filed by Letcher's mother, Keri Womack, against the state prison system and its public health care provider. Her attorney, Scott Medlock, said Letcher's death is reflective of a systemic issue plaguing Texas prisons, which he calls ill-equipped to protect people with mental illness. He said the environment is "kind of a powder keg for suicide attempts." "The big-picture problem is there are not enough in-patient beds to accommodate all the people" in the system who have severe mental illness, Medlock said. Suicides in Texas prisons hit a 10-year high of 40 in 2018, and a steady rise in suicide attempts in these state-run facilities alarms prisoner rights advocates. The number of suicide attempts among Texas inmates logged by authorities has nearly tripled in the last decade, climbing from less than 700 in 2009 to nearly 2,000 in 2018 even as the number of people imprisoned in the state has fallen by 10,000, according to documents The Associated Press obtained from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice last month through a public records request. Prisoner rights advocates say the rise supports their argument that the prisons in one of America's most heavily incarcerated states need more outside oversight. Corrections staff and some elected leaders, however, suggest the increase can be attributed to prison workers being more focused on monitoring a growing number of inmates with serious mental...

Euro swap for Mavs: Porzingis joins Doncic as Dirk moves on

DALLAS (AP) - Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are the Euro stars of the future for the Dallas Mavericks now that Dirk Nowitzki has retired after a record 21 seasons with the same franchise. The rookie sensation from Slovenia and the 7-foot-3 Latvian didn't get to play together in the two months after Dallas acquired Porzingis in a blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks. The decision to push the recovery past the one-year mark on Porzingis' knee injury was essentially an admission by the Mavericks that their focus was on 2019-20. And now that an emotional two-day send-off for the NBA's most decorated European player is over, Dallas can concentrate on ending a playoff drought that covered Nowitzki's final three seasons - the longest of the big German's career. The Mavericks didn't win a playoff series in eight seasons with Nowitzki after he led them to their only championship. "I cannot tell you what to expect," said Doncic, the overwhelming favorite for rookie of the year despite the second 33-49 record in three seasons for Dallas, with a 24-58 clunker in between. "All I can tell you is we're gonna fight, we're going to work hard, we're gonna try to get into the playoffs. I'm not promising that, but we'll try everything to do it." There is some business to take care of before the pairing of Porzingis with Doncic can become official. The 2018 All-Star is a restricted free agent with a $4.5 million qualifying offer. Owner Mark Cuban said during Porzingis' introductory news conference that the club wanted to sign him to a long-term deal. Rape allegations against Porzingis in New York and a counterclaim of extortion have surfaced since then, and the Mavericks aren't saying how that case affects their plans for signing him. "Based on the nature of that, I can't...

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