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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The 2015 Miss Denton County, Jessica Zeller. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Keep Teen From Miss Texas Competition

Jessica Zeller is on her way to the Miss Texas competition and her first pageant was just four months ago. But Zeller isn’t just competing just for crowns. She took the stage to reveal a lifelong secret.

CBS 11–02/26/2015

Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, served as a Navy SEAL for eight years before stepping down to focus on his wife and children. (Credit: Daniel Penz, KTVT)

VIDEO: Inside “American Sniper” Murder Trial

For the first time, the public is able to hear audio from inside the so-called American Sniper murder trial.

02/25/2015

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Rebuttal Witnesses Testify In Routh Trial

The defense team rested its case on Thursday in the highly-publicized murder trial of Eddie Routh. But testimony is not over yet in the Stephenville courtroom.

02/20/2015

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Routh’s Sister Testifies In His Murder Trial

Wednesday was the first full day that the defense got to make their case in the Eddie Routh murder trial, and they called his sister and brother-in-law to the witness stand.

02/18/2015

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Routh’s Mother Testifies, Prosecution Rests

Eddie Routh’s mother testifies she did not know her son was going to a shooting range.

02/17/2015

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Routh Judge Refuses To Declare Mistrial

Defense attorneys for Eddie Routh began Tuesday by asking that the judge declare a mistrial. They claimed that a witness for the prosecution committed perjury last week.

02/17/2015

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‘American Sniper’ Jury Hears Killer’s Taped Confession

During Monday’s testimony, jurors saw Eddie Routh’s confession on the night of the killings, and heard him admit he knew what he did was wrong.

02/16/2015

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Official Testifies About Routh Arrest Scene

Eddie Routh was back in court on Friday for the third day of his murder trial. He has been accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield.

02/13/2015

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Ranger: ‘American Sniper’ Was Armed When He Was Killed

A Texas Ranger testifying at the murder trial of a former Marine charged with killing famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend said the two victims were armed when they were shot multiple times.

02/12/2015

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Hundreds Remember Texas K-9 Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty

It was not your usual funeral procession in Paradise, Texas. Dogs panted as they trotted into the church at the sides of their handlers. And the memorial service was often interrupted by a bark or growl.

CBS 11–02/04/2015

Alcee L. Hastings, US Congressman of the House of Representatives and co-chairman of the Helsinki Commission, is pictured during the London Conference on Combating Antisemitism at Lancaster House, London, on February 17, 2009. More than 100 parliamentarians from just under 40 countries met for the inaugral conference to discuss practical strategies on how to meet the the global threat of antisemitism. (credit: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Reaction To Florida Congressman’s “Crazy” Comments

Disparaging remarks during a congressional committee meeting are drawing the ire of many Texans tonight.

02/03/2015

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RadioShack May Shutter, Sprint To Get Half Of Chain

The NYSE has suspended trading RadioShack stock and was preparing to delist it as rumors of a major sell off for the electronic company loomed.

02/02/2015

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