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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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High-Tech, 220-Ton, Cancer-Fighting Machine Arrives In Irving

Workers were busy Wednesday moving and installing a huge, high-tech piece of cancer fighting equipment at the new Center for Proton Therapy.

CBS 11–07/02/2014

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Soccer At AT&T Stadium Equals Christmas In July For Businesses

The World Cup watch party at AT&T Stadium had ideal conditions to create Christmas in July for businesses in the shadow of the stadium. Retail stores and restaurants in Arlington are racking in major profits.

CBS 11–07/01/2014

We eyed this creepy crawler on the upstairs patio of the CBS 11 newsroom. (credit: Annie Potasznik)

Pest Control Business Booming After Recent Rains

If it flies, crawls, bites, buzzes or stings, chances are it’s thriving after recent rains.

06/26/2014

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Tarrant Co. Flooding Damaging Homes, Closing Businesses

Many homeowners say they have flooded the city with complaints for years about poor drainage in the area but still fear flooding when heavy rain storms hit.

06/25/2014

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Bumpy Ride For Drivers During I-30 Repaving Project

A re-paving project on I-30 is proving to be a traffic hazard for North Texas commuters.

06/24/2014

Whether you live there, visit its attractions or just pass through, you're going to see the effects of city wide road construction in Arlington. (credit: Joel Thomas, CBS 11 News)

Arlington Road Construction Taking Toll On Businesses

Road construction in Arlington is set to increase. Increasing difficulty for some businesses.

06/23/2014

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Students Use 3-D Printer To Make Patient A Prosthetic Hand

A 3-D printer can model in plastic anything drawn on a computer. With that in mind, three Mansfield High School students decided they’d use a 3-D printer to give someone a hand — literally.

CBS 11–06/18/2014

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Used Car Buyers Beware After Massive Ignition Switch Recalls

Earlier this week, General Motors announced the recall of more than 3 million vehicles. The recall is for ignition problems dating back to 2000, which means used car buyers should beware.

CBS 11–06/17/2014

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North Texas Prisoner Garden Changing Lives & Boosting Budgets

Hill County’s new garden by the jail is saving thousands of dollars in prison grocery costs. The first harvest isn’t yet complete, but the vegetables harvested so far have saved nearly $2,000.

CBS 11–06/16/2014

cliff house remains

Owners Of Lake Whitney Cliffhanger House Devastated

A luxury house dangling over a fractured Lake Whitney cliff that fascinated people nation-wide is now a smoldering pile of rubble.

06/13/2014

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Home Teetering On Cliff May Be Demolished

The luxury home that has been teetering on the edge of a cliff over Lake Whitney could be destroyed — possibly burned down — before it falls into the water below.

06/12/2014

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Fort Worth Looking To Expand, Build Convention & Visitor Spaces

Nearly a million people attend events in and around the Fort Worth Convention Center every year. Now, event planners say they’re running out of room for them all.

CBS 11–06/10/2014

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