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D/FW International Airport Ranks 1st In Firearms Seizures

Transportation Security Administration
Here are some of the guns confiscated at airports across the country.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: lots of guns are confiscated at Dallas-Fort Worth International; former President George W. Bush promotes his new book; Glenn Back has been in a lot of pain; and more.

More firearms have been discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport than any other airport in the country so far in 2014. That’s according to the Transportation Security Administration. D/FW leads the way with 104 firearms. Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta is No. 2 with 90. Phoenix Sky Harbor ranks third with 66. Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental is fourth with 62. Denver International rounds out the top five with 61 firearms. As of last week, 1,855 firearms had been discovered in carry-on bags at TSA checkpoints so far this year – that’s a record. With several weeks to go in 2014, this year’s total has surpassed the 2013 total by more than 40.  Nearly 80 percent of this year’s guns were loaded. (h/t The Dallas Morning News)

  • Attorneys who represent the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who died in Dallas after contracting Ebola in Liberia, say they’ve reached a resolution with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Duncan was ill when he showed up at Presbyterian in late September; the hospital sent him home. He returned a couple of days later via ambulance. Duncan died Oct. 8. A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning, WFAA-TV reports. Catch up on KERA’s Ebola coverage here. And explore this timeline of main Ebola events.

  • On Tuesday, former President George W. Bush promoted his new personal biography of his father with an event at his dad's presidential library center at Texas A&M University. While talking about "41: A Portrait of My Father,” George W. Bush cracked some jokes, saying he “surprised people in parts of our country that I can write, much less read,” according to The Washington Post. He also said his brother, Jeb, should run for president in 2016, The Texas Tribune reports. George W. Bush recently spoke with Morning Edition's David Greene on NPR. 

  • Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck has revealed he’s been in a lot of physical pain. Doctors discovered an autoimmune disorder and adrenal fatigue. He’s also experienced vocal cord paralysis and sleep issues. USA Today reports: “He says therapy and lifestyle changes have cured him. ‘After months of treatment and completely changing the way I eat, sleep, work and live, along with ongoing hormone treatment and intensive physical therapy, I have reversed the process. Some of the physical scars will be with me for the rest of my life … but my brain is back online in a big way,’ the conservative talk-show host said on TheBlaze, the online network he founded in 2011.” Read more on TheBlaze.

  • Dallas Police Chief David Brown will appear on “Think” at noon Wednesday. He’ll talk about how race factors into law enforcement ahead of the national Facing Race conference taking place in Dallas this weekend. That’s on KERA 90.1 FM or listen here. In August, following the protests in Ferguson, Mo., when a police officer shot and killed an unarmed man, Brown spoke with KERA about how he managed to avoid that kind of unrest in Dallas.