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Dallas' Jordan Spieth Wins U.S. Open

Debby Wong
Jordan Spieth, in a 2013 picture, won the U.S. Open over the weekend.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Jordan Spieth wins the U.S. Open; more flooding in North Texas; Whataburger sells breakfast overnight again; and more.

Dallas’ very own Jordan Spieth scored a big win over the weekend. Spieth has followed his Masters win with a victory in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. The 21-year-old closed with a 1-under 69 that left him 5-under for the tournament, one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. Spieth withstood a wild three-hole finish to capture his second career major. He owned a three-stroke lead following his 25-foot birdie on the par-4 16th, and then gave it all back with a double-bogey on 17 before sinking a birdie putt on the par-5 18 to avoid a one-round playoff. Johnson three-putted for par on the final hole to narrowly miss his first major title. He was leading the tournament before carding bogeys on three of the first four holes of the back nine. Oosthuizen closed with a 67 to cap the best 54-hole performance of the tournament. He opened with a 7-over 77 before playing the final three rounds at minus-11. [Associated Press]

  • A North Texas woman has gotten quite a bit of publicity following a comment she wrote online about the deadly attack on a South Carolina church. The Dallas Morning News reports: “Home Depot was slammed on social media over the weekend after a Plano woman who claimed to be an employee posted on Facebook that she was ‘down for randomly killing white people’ in response to last week’s massacre of nine black people at a Charleston, S.C., church. But the woman, Patrice Pace, 23, who is black, says she doesn’t actually work for Home Depot and was just joking on her personal page among her friends. The national chain said it can’t find ‘any evidence’ that Pace has ever worked there.” Read more here. [The Dallas Morning News]

  • The Charleston church shooting was top of mind in churches across North Texas Sunday. WFAA-TV reports: “Many churches, including several in North Texas, used their Sunday morning sermons to remember the nine victims and to talk about how the faith community should respond after such an unimaginable act of violence. ‘Oh Lord, we declare and we decree that the doors of the church are still open!’ This litany was recited in African Methodist Episcopal churches nationwide, including Joy Tabernacle AME in Dallas. It was a reminder that the church embraces anyone who walks through the doors, the same way the members of Emanuel AME welcomed the lone gunman, never suspecting what would happen next.” Read more here. [WFAA-TV]

  • Rains that swept through North Texas has caused flooding that closed roads, seeped into homes and caused the collapse of a rural bridge. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford said that about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, a bridge over the South Sulphur River collapsed as a truck carrying a family was crossing. A Good Samaritan threw the family a rope, and they managed to climb back up the road. No one was injured. KXAS-TV (NBC 5) has more details on the rescue. High-water-rescues were also reported in Caddo Mills in Hunt County. According to a Collin County official, in addition to road closures there, water had seeped into some homes in the small town of Josephine. The National Weather Service says that 3 to 6 inches of rain fell across the already-saturated area Sunday. Meanwhile, transportation officials reopened part of U.S. Highway 69 connecting Oklahoma and Texas that was closed because of high water along the Red River. The bridge connects the states near Lake Texoma and was completely closed for more than an hour earlier in the day. [Associated Press/KXAS-TV]

  • Whataburger has resumed serving a full breakfast overnight after resolving egg shortages linked to the Midwest bird flu crisis. Corpus Christi-based Whataburger says its restaurants resumed 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. breakfast service Friday. Whataburger on June 1 began limiting its breakfast-serving hours. The company offered a breakfast menu from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays, plus 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends. Whataburger at the time said the changes would allow it to supply all of its locations. Chief operating officer Dino Del Nano says it's been a tough couple of weeks and thanked loyal customers as Whataburger built up its egg supply. [Associated Press]
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.