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Dallas’ Jordan Spieth Wins The Masters

Debby Wong
Jordan Spieth, in a 2013 picture, won the Masters over the weekend.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Jordan Spieth walks away with the green jacket; five people are killed and 12 are injured in a Fort Worth crash; more details on the Dallas Zoo’s baby giraffe; and more.

Dallas’ very own Jordan Spieth won the Masters and walked away with the green jacket. “Spieth finished off the first wire-to-wire victory at the Masters since 1976 with a dominating four-stroke triumph Sunday,” The Associated Press reports. “About the only thing that didn't go his way was the final hole, where he made a bogey to merely tie the tournament scoring record. Tiger Woods won his first green jacket in 1997 with an 18-under 270. Spieth matched that score with a closing 70. It was a thoroughly dominating performance from start to finish. Spieth seized control with an 8-under 64, the best opening round at the Masters in 19 years. He set Masters scoring records for both 36 holes (14-under 130) and 54 holes (16-under 210).” Here’s more from CBS Sports. [Associated Press]

  • Five people were killed and 12 were injured in a crash on Interstate 30 in Fort Worth early Sunday morning. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: “One of the victims of a fiery crash in Fort Worth on Sunday was headed home from an engagement party with her fiance when an 18-wheeler hit her and others standing in the road trying to help the victim of an earlier crash, police said Sunday. Fort Worth police officer Tamara Pena said the first crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when a westbound motorist drove into a concrete barrier in the center of I-30 near Oakland Boulevard. Police said they did not know what caused the initial crash.” [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

  • Hillary Clinton announced her presidential bid Sunday – and she has some connections to Texas. The Texas Tribune reports: “Texas is likely to play a significant role in the Democratic front-runner’s presidential bid, and Clinton could return the favor. Texas Democrats say the Clintons' strong connection to the state — which dates back to the couple's work on George McGovern's unsuccessful 1972 presidential campaign — could spur top-dollar donations and provide better political coattails for down-ballot candidates than past Democratic standard-bearers.” Clinton needs money – and there are many Democratic donors in Texas, the Tribune says. Meanwhile, Clinton could also help boost Hispanic turnout. Read more here. [Texas Tribune] 

  • As “Mad Men” wraps up its final episodes, star Jon Hamm is in the news for his role in a 1990 Texas fraternity hazing incident. The Associated Press reports: “‘Mad Men’ star Jon Hamm took part in a violent college hazing in 1990 at the University of Texas that led to criminal charges and to the fraternity chapter permanently disbanding, according to court and school records obtained Thursday. The Emmy-nominated actor had not previously been publicly linked to a lawsuit filed by a Sigma Nu pledge who said he was severely beaten, dragged by a hammer and had his pants lit on fire. In the 1991 lawsuit, the pledge said Hamm participated ‘till the very end.’ Criminal records show Hamm, now 44, was charged with hazing and received deferred adjudication, which under Texas law means he had to successfully complete probation but was never convicted. A separate charge of assault was dismissed. Representatives for Hamm and ‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner did not respond to requests for comment.” [Associated Press]

  • Did you hear about Katie, the Dallas Zoo giraffe that gave birth live via an Animal Planet live cam? She delivered a giraffe calf at 6 p.m. Friday. We’ve learned it’s a girl. But she has no name yet. She’s been testing out her new legs, running through Katie’s legs and nursing quite a bit, the zoo says. “The calf is active, nursing, running and playing, and left the maternity stall for a few minutes while zookeepers cleaned up and put out fresh grain and branches for Katie,” zoo officials say in a news release. “The calf also has nursed often, and Katie is remaining very calm and patient with the little one.” While the birth is over, the bonding continues – and you can watch it on the livestream here.

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Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.