Five stories that have North Texas talking: Don Henley performs on “Austin City Limits;” Bernie Tiede is scheduled to appear in court; the governor sends the Dallas County sheriff a letter about immigration; and more.
Dallas’ Don Henley performs on “Austin City Limits” for the first time. And you can watch the performance tonight at 10 on KERA-TV, Channel 13. (Henley, of course, is a founding member of the Eagles.) “Cass County” is Henley’s first solo release in 15 years and it’s his first No. 1 solo album. “Named for the East Texas region where Henley grew up, the country-leaning ‘Cass County’ debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s top albums and country albums charts and features new originals written by the music superstar and longtime collaborators Stan Lynch and Steuart Smith,” “Austin City Limits” notes.
Don Henley: “Praying For Rain”
Don Henley and Trisha Yearwood: “Words Can Break Your Heart”
Or watch the entire episode:
- The man whose murder conviction inspired the dark comedy "Bernie" is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday in an effort to stay out of prison. Tuesday's hearing for Bernie Tiede in the East Texas town of Carthage is being held ahead of a trial scheduled for January. The Austin American-Statesman reports the trial will have a twofold purpose: a sentencing phase for his murder conviction and a trial on theft charges. Tiede served 17 years in prison for killing wealthy widow Marjorie Nugent and storing her body in a freezer. He was released last year after a prosecutor agreed that the former mortician was wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment. Nugent's family wants him returned to prison, and convicted of theft for spending about $618,000 of Nugent's money. [Associated Press]
- The widow of a man who was killed while running near White Rock Lake has apparently taken her own life. The Dallas Morning News reports Patti Stevens was found dead of suspected suicide at her home in Sunnyvale. Her husband, Dave, was killed Oct. 12. “Police said Thomas Linze Johnson, 21, a mentally ill former Texas A&M football player, randomly picked out Stevens and hacked him to death with a machete,” The News reports. Patti Stevens talked with The News about a week after his death: “Dave was the love of my life and I’m lost without him,” she told the newspaper Oct. 19. “People need to know that this was a wonderful person going out and doing what he loved to do.” [The Dallas Morning News]
- Gov. Greg Abbott sent a warning to the Dallas County sheriff. The Texas Tribune reports that Abbott told the sheriff that her “new and softer approach to dealing with undocumented immigrants who commit crimes ‘will no longer be tolerated in Texas,’ but his office said any reforms will have to wait until 2017. Abbott wrote a letter to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat, in the wake of reports that she planned to free some of the immigrants processed through the Dallas County jail rather than hand them over to federal authorities as requested. … In a statement issued through a spokesman to The Dallas Morning News, Valdez said that the new approach in her jail was ‘very similar’ to the new federal policy, announced last November, meant to prioritize the removal of immigrants who commit serious crimes over those convicted of minor offenses.’” [Texas Tribune]
- Orchestras in North Texas and across the country perform the national anthem to open concerts, and a local writer finds that odd. Scott Cantrell, who recently retired as the classical music critic for The Dallas Morning News, wrote an essay for The Washington Post. “The practice recently stirred controversy in Fort Worth,” Cantrell wrote. “There, at each performance of the local orchestra, an opening drumroll cues a spotlight on an American flag on the Bass Performance Hall stage. … A Dallas musician’s critical Facebook post, calling the ritual ‘an outrage,’ launched a new debate about the practice. Dallas Symphony cellist Theodore Harvey told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the anthem is ‘very jarring for the people who are there just for the music.’” [Washington Post]
The Associated Press contributed to this report.