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Winter Weather Advisory Continues Until This Evening

National Weather Service
A wintry mix is possible later today, with temperatures hovering in the low 30s.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: the winter weather continues, a wildlife shelter bounces back from canine distemper, DFW Airport launches automated passport kiosks, and more.

The winter weather advisory will remain in effect for North Texas until 6 p.m. today.  Some of the overnight freezing drizzle left slick spots on bridges and side roads, and a wintry mix is possible throughout the day. DFW Airport has canceled about 150 morning departures.

  • The wintry mix has already claimed the lives of several people, including a Dallas firefighter. William Scott Tanksley died last night after slipping off of an icy overpass. He was responding to a wreck on the Spur 408 bridge when he fell onto Interstate 20.

  • The In-Sync Wildlife Rescue Center has taken in new cats for the first time since an outbreak of canine distemper last summer killed seven animals at the shelter. In-Sync founder and owner Vicky Keahey told the Dallas Morning News that summer had been rough. “I lost the love of my life,” she said, referring to the first cat she rescued at the shelter, which was one of the last victims of distemper, “Every time we thought we were getting through it, something else happened.”

  • DFW Airport officially unveiled its new automated passport kiosks yesterday, which promise to cut to down on long customs lines for folks coming back into the country. Martha Young, a passenger who opted to use the kiosk, told KERA’s Bill Zeeble that the entire process took less than a minute.

  • High schoolers will show that scrap material can be beautiful in a special exhibit at the Mary Tomas Gallery. The exhibit will feature the winning metal sculptures from sculpture students at Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts. The show runs through Saturday.
Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.