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Off And On Again: Dallas Cowboys' Elliott Granted Reprieve, Cleared To Play 49ers

Max Faulkner
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ezekiel Elliott avoids suspension again; update on the Texas hot air balloon disaster; Texas could lose 2,000 teachers if/when DACA ends; and more.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was granted another legal reprieve Tuesday night, putting on hold his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

A New York federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the NFL's suspension, allowing the 22 year-old to play against the San Francisco 49ers this weekend. The ruling came five days after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the league to reinstate the suspension.

The NFL was ordered to appear in court on or before Oct. 30 "to argue why the suspension should not be blocked by a preliminary injunction — the next step in the legal process — until the court can rule on challenges the players' union brought against the suspension," The Associated Press reported.

Elliott was suspended in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with his then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.

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  • Investigators say: The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed and killed 16 people in Central Texas in July 2016 flew with enough Benadryl in his system to match the blood-alcohol level of a drunken driver. [The Associated Press]

  • Empty seats: Trump nominated two Texans to fill vacancies at the 5th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. They have to get a sign off by the Senate Judiciary Committee before being confirmed. Vacancies strain the judicial system, and Texas currently has 13. [KERA News]

  • Consequences of DACA: Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program don’t know what the next few months will look like for them. If no legislation is passed to let them stay in the U.S., Texas stands to lose about 2,000 teachers. [The Dallas Morning News]

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Photo: Max Faulkner, Fort Worth Star-Telegram