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Joel Thomas

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Joel is an Emmy Award winning journalist with more than 15 years of television experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. He enjoyed writing at an early age, and by junior high school decided to steer his future toward journalism. Joel wrote and shot photos for his hometown newspaper while in high school and focused his energy on broadcasting during his college years.

Over the years, Joel has worked in Bryan/College Station, Austin, New Orleans and Atlanta. During that time he’s covered a wide range of events, including the Branch Davidian stand-off, the Oklahoma City bombing, and President Clinton’s impeachment. His work has received numerous awards including more than a dozen from the Associated Press, a Texas Headliner’s Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy Award.

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Garage Explosion Kills 1, Injures Another

A huge explosion in the garage of an Arlington home rattled houses around it and left one man dead.

6 hours ago

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Arrow Through The Heart Kills Beloved Llama

Employees at the Cinnamon Creek Ranch archery range say someone intentionally shot their mascot through the heart with a blunt, target arrow.

08/28/2014

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Virtual Schools A Flexible Option For Students

Most students spend the first day of school finding their locker or their home room. But Tristin Thomas spent his first day of 8th grade at home, logging into his virtual classroom.

08/25/2014

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A Miraculous Recovery, Fort Worth Doctor Survives Ebola

Dr. Kent Brantly took the stage in Atlanta for a press conference as an Ebola survivor thankful to the staff of the hospital and relief agencies who came to his aid.

08/21/2014

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Cleaning Crew Finds More Ashes At Troubled Mortuary

A cleaning crew at the building once occupied by a mortuary where eight decaying and mummified bodies were found said they found ashes they believe are the cremated remains of a person.

08/20/2014

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Perry’s Attorney Calls Indictment ‘Banana Republic’ Politics

“This is nothing more than banana republic politics,” said Tony Buzbee, the lead attorney of the five lawyers Gov. Perry hired.

08/18/2014

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Volunteers Revamp Libraries; Encourage Reading

Volunteers are building comfortable reading spaces; encouraging students to step away from Facebook toward a thirst for knowledge found in books.

08/13/2014

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Tens Of Thousands Of North Texans Battle Depression Each Year

A North Texas woman says she understands first-hand what Robin Williams may have suffered through during bouts of depression.

CBS 11–08/12/2014

Remnants of an American Flag burned in Weatherford. (credit: CBS 11 NEWS/Joel Thomas)

American Flags Found Burned, Police Search For Vandals

Suspects have been taking down flags from outside of homes and burning them. The crimes continue to outrage homeowners in Weatherford. Now the hunt is on for the vandals responsible.

CBS 11–08/11/2014

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Cleburne Mom-And-Pop Shop Makes Famous Mascots

From Chuck E. Cheese characters seen in restaurants nationwide to the ‘Mavs Man’ and the Mavericks Champ, Cowan Costumes, Inc. characters are seen everywhere.

08/07/2014

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Amazon Now Offering Same-Day Delivery In DFW

If you were online before Noon today ordering something on Amazon.com odds are you became a part of history. Wednesday was the first day the website unveiled their new same-day delivery option.

CBS 11–08/06/2014

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Trinity River Reduced To Trickle For Toll Road Construction

It’s a startling sight for visitors to Fort Worth’s Trinity Park. The Trinity River is all but gone.

08/04/2014

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