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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Dallas.

Friday
Oct312014

First Texas Ebola Nurse to Be Reunited with Dog 

(DALLAS) -- The first person in history to contract Ebola in the United States after treating an infected man from West Africa will finally be reunited with her dog.

Nina Pham will be reunited with her beloved King Charles Spaniel on Saturday.

Both dog and owner have been through a difficult month. Pham, a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, contracted Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan. As Pham was undergoing treatment in Maryland, her dog Bentley was quarantined in Dallas as a precaution.

“We were very fortunate in finding a home-like environment for the dog, rather than a standard isolation facility,” Dallas Animal Services Director Jody Jones told ABC News.

Both Pham and Bentley have been declared Ebola-free and will be back together for the first time in nearly a month.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Arlington High School Bans Football Team from Wearing Shirt

(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- It's a change of wardrobe for the football team from Martin High School.

The team's t-shirt, designed by team members and printed by the booster club, featured a Jolly Roger pirate flag and the words "We take what we want. Shhhh. Just let it happen."

Jarred Osterman, editor of the newspaper at the Arlington, Texas high school, said that slogan hinted at rape.

"It's a stereotype that college football boys go to parties and take advantage of girls and why would you want to introduce that to high school football on a t-shirt," said Osterman.

Team representatives said the connotation was unintended, but senior Sherilyn Morales wrote an editorial in the school newspaper calling for the shirts to be banned.

The school district has now prohibited the Martin High Warriors from wearing the shirt.


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Wednesday
Oct292014

Second Dallas Nurse Ebola-Free, Thanks Hospital, Family and God 

(DALLAS) -- A second Dallas nurse undergoing treatment for Ebola was released Tuesday from Emory University Hospital after doctors said she had been cured from the deadly virus.

Nurse Amber Vinson, 29, was discharged after spending the last two weeks in Atlanta undergoing treatment in its biocontainment unit.

"I’m so grateful to be well," Vinson said Tuesday. "First and foremost, I want to thank God," she said, adding that God gave her the “hope and strength to fight” Ebola.

Vinson also thanked her mother, fiancé and extended family for visiting.

"Family played such an important role in my recovery," she said. "By being there every minute every day even though you couldn't be close."

She also thanked health workers who cared for her and stressed the importance of not losing "focus" on the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Before she left, Vinson hugged more than a dozen staff members, as they smiled, laughed and wished her a safe trip home to Texas.


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Tuesday
Oct282014

Second Dallas Nurse Will Be Discharged After Ebola Treatment

(DALLAS) -- A second Dallas nurse undergoing treatment for Ebola is being discharged from Emory University Hospital Tuesday and is Ebola-free, officials said.

In late September, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, had cared for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, who became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Duncan died on Oct. 8, and Vinson's colleague, Nina Pham, 26, was diagnosed with Ebola a few days later.

Vinson took a flight to Ohio and returned to Dallas in the days before she, too, was diagnosed with Ebola on Oct. 15. That evening, she was flown to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Passengers on both of Vinson's flights were notified about the ordeal.

"We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday [Oct. 21] evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body," the family said in the statement Oct. 22, adding that Vinson should be able to leave the isolation unit.


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Monday
Oct272014

Driver Dies in Crash After Driving Recklessly Through SMU Campus

(DALLAS) -- A pick-up truck driver died in a crash after driving recklessly through the SMU campus Sunday night.

The Dallas Police Department reports that SMU police were pursuing the driver of a 2001 Chevy pick-up truck for driving recklessly through campus just before 10 p.m.

The driver then reportedly crashed into another car. The driver was declared dead at the scene.


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