Five stories that have North Texas talking: rain keeps falling; a shootout in Waco left nine members of biker gangs dead; a 16-year-old graduates from Texas A&M; and more.
Rain keeps falling across North Texas. Today, though, should be partly sunny for Dallas-Fort Worth – we’ll see highs in the lower 80s. The National Weather Service says there’s a chance of storms to the south of Dallas-Fort Worth – from Lampasas to Hillsboro to Canton. There’s a chance of rain all week long. The best chance for rain is Tuesday, the weather service says. “Some severe storms will be possible and flooding rains will also be possible, especially since the soils are already very saturated in many areas,” the weather service says. The Associated Press reports: National Weather Service senior meteorologist Eric Martello said that parts of Dallas-Fort Worth received up to 5 inches of rain Saturday night and Sunday morning. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport so far this year has received nearly 21 inches of rain, some 6 inches above normal. Areas south of Fort Worth received 5 to 8 inches. Meanwhile, last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced Texas was no longer in an "exceptional drought." [Associated Press/KERA]
- A shootout in Waco left nine members of biker gangs dead. The Associated Press reports: Authorities say the nine people killed in a shootout at a Waco restaurant were all members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says 18 other gang members were taken to hospitals Sunday for injuries suffered in the violence at a Twin Peaks restaurant along Interstate 35 shortly after noon. Swanton says the gangs had arranged to meet to discuss differences when a fistfight began and quickly escalated to include knives and firearms. He says there were "hundreds" of gang members and a small number of other patrons in the restaurant. Swanton says as many as five rival gangs attended the gathering. He says past tensions among the groups have focused on turf and recruitment efforts. [Associated Press]
- A 16-year-old Fort Worth native graduated from Texas A&M over the weekend. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: “Sixteen-year-old Noel Jett earned her college degree at Texas A&M University on Saturday. Now, she said, it’s time to work on being a typical teenager. Her summer plans: ‘I’m going to be sleeping for the most part,’ she said. ‘I should also focus on learning how to drive.’ Jett, a Fort Worth native, completed her undergraduate studies this month after taking 21 spring semester hours. She started at Texas A&M at 14 after taking classes at Tarrant County College. Next fall, she heads to the University of North Texas in Denton to work on Ph.D. studies in gifted and talented educational psychology.” [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- Watch researchers put together a historic ship. Texas Standard reports: “At the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, researchers have nearly finished piecing together a Texas mystery three centuries in the making. They’re rebuilding the La Belle, a ship that the French explorer La Salle wrecked along the Texas coast in 1685, ruining his chance of conquering Texas for France in the process. Louis XIV, the Sun King, sent La Salle to find silver mines, but things didn’t much work out for the explorer, which is why visitors to the museum are now watching the La Belle being rebuilt from the bottom up.” Learn more here.
- Explore Hillary Clinton’s trip to Texas in 1972. The Texas Tribune has the details: “Thanks to several books — including the Clintons' own memoirs — their short few months in Texas have become a part of Austin lore. The couple worked on the failed Texas campaign for McGovern, a liberal U.S. senator from South Dakota. During their few months in Austin, San Antonio and elsewhere, Clinton and Rodham befriended several allies who would help Bill Clinton’s political ascent in Arkansas and on to the White House. And as Hillary Clinton makes a second run for the White House, some of those bonds forged in Texas are poised to help again.” [Texas Tribune]