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Widespread Power Outages Force Many North Texas Schools To Close

Paul Moseley
The Star-Telegram
Two TCU students grabbed plastic barrels to shield them from the rain. A sudden, fierce and short storm blew in to Fort Worth yesterday afternoon with heavy rain and hail.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: power outages shutter schools across North Texas, the Dallas hospital treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan release details, RadioShack reaches a refinancing deal, and more.

The severe thunderstorm that blew through parts of North Texas late yesterday afternoon has caused some schools to close. The Dallas Business Journal reports power outages are to blame. School closures include the following: the entire Arlington school district, UT Arlington, the University of North Texas at Dallas, 41 campuses in the Dallas school district and six campuses each at Richardson and Mesquite ISD. Here's a list of school closures.

Oncor told WFAA200,000 customers are still without power across North Texas, and there have also been reports of downed trees and power lines as well as damage to fences and roofs. (Photo by: Paul Moseley/The Star-Telegram)

  • Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan denied being exposed to someone with the disease when he first visited Texas Health Presbyterian, the hospital said in a statement. Duncan's neighbors in the Liberian capital of Monrovia told The Associated Press that he helped a 19-year-old pregnant woman who has since died of Ebola. Three siblings were pulled out of Wallace Elementary in Richardson and another person from a Plano school as a precaution after it was revealed that they may have had some form of contact with Duncan. None of the four have shown any symptoms, but authorities are being cautious. [Dallas Morning News]

  • Texas can continue enforcing the stricter abortion requirements for now, The Texas Tribune reports. The ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals means eight abortion clinics across the state will be allowed to stay open while the courts deliberate the constitutionality of the abortion bill. A hearing for the 5th Circuit has not been set.

  • Fort Worth-based RadioShack may have reached a refinancing deal, Bloomberg News reports. The $590 million refinancing agreement could keep the struggling electronics retailer afloat through the 2014 holiday season. RadioShack has had 10 straight quarters of losses, due in part to competition with electronics and online retailers.

  • The sixth season of Daytripper kicks off tomorrow on KERA TV. Host Chet Garner heads to the State Fair to check out the best that Texas has to offer. Tune in tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. to map out your trip – KERA Day at the Fair will be on Oct. 15.

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.