Articles by Jamie Stengle

NTSB: Deadly Dallas Natural Gas Explosion ‘Could Have Been Prevented’

A natural gas explosion at a Dallas home that killed a 12-year-old girl came after an energy company failed to find a damaged line despite two nearby homes being destroyed in gas-related fires on the two previous days, federal officials …

Missouri Won’t Shut Down Summer Camps Despite Virus Outbreaks

Missouri leaders knew the risk of convening thousands of kids at summer camps across the state during a pandemic, the state’s top health official said, and insisted that camp organizers have plans in place to keep an outbreak from happening. …

Update: Voice Recorder Found in Texas Plane Crash; Victims Identified

Federal investigators said that they have started analyzing the cockpit voice recorder from a small plane that struck a hangar after taking off from a suburban Dallas airport. Two crew members and eight passengers died when the Beechcraft BE-350 King …

Texas Ranch Didn’t Protect Boys from Sexual Abuse, Lawsuit Says

A young man and a teenage boy have filed a lawsuit accusing the staff at a Texas ranch for at-risk youth of not protecting them from sexual abuse by older residents, an advocate for child abuse victims says. In recent …

Family Files Suit Over Woman’s Death in Texas Hotel During Harvey

A woman whose body was found 11 days after she made a frantic cellphone call from a Houston hotel elevator as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey rushed in exited the elevator in the basement only to struggle against a strong waist-high …

Hackers Strike Dallas Emergency Siren System

Hackers struck the sirens Dallas uses to alert residents to take shelter from inclement weather, triggering intermittent false alarms for about an hour and a half until officials deactivated the system early Saturday morning. The person or people responsible were …

Texas Reports First Case of Locally Transmitted Zika

Texas on Nov. 28 reported its first case of Zika virus that likely came from a mosquito bite within the state. Florida is the only other state in the U.S. with locally spread Zika. Health officials say that the woman …

Bus in Fatal Texas Crash Had Seatbelts Only in First Row

Officials investigating a charter bus crash that killed eight people and injured 44 on a rain-slicked South Texas highway said that the vehicle had seat belts only in the first row. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Johnny Hernandez said …

Sexually-Transmitted Zika Virus Case Confirmed in Texas

Health officials on Feb. 2 reported that a person in Texas has become infected with the Zika virus through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America. …

Judge Fines Texas Guardrail Maker $663M over Design Changes

A federal judge ordered a Texas company to pay $663 million in damages for failing to tell the government about design changes to highway guardrails that critics say made the systems more dangerous. Trinity Industries Inc. said it would appeal. …