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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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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AA Mechanics Sue Over Pressure To Commit Fraud

A union local representing American Airlines mechanics has filed a suit asking a judge to stop intimidation by management in an effort to delay needed repairs on aircraft.

CBS 11–01/23/2015

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School Program Helps Teen With Rare Brain Disorder

Kaitlynn Curtner is a musically gifted Haslet teen with a collection of guitars and a voice as good as any recording artist.

01/21/2015

Brian Luenser and his collection letter for a 12 year old City of Fort Worth parking ticket. (credit: Tom Riehm/CBS 11 NEWS)

Texas Man Surprised By Notice For 12 Year Old Parking Ticket

When Brian Luenser got a letter from a collection company for a parking ticket, he thought surely it was a mistake. He always pays his tickets promptly. “But then I looked a little closer and I saw that it was January 7 of 2003,” he said.

CBS 11–01/20/2015

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