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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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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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Sanitation Workers Before & After MLK’s Last Speech

Most people are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, but many don’t know the speech he delivered the night before his assassination was delivered to striking sanitation workers.

CBS 11–01/19/2015

The company's logo hangs over a RadioShack store on February 17, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.(credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Is Bankruptcy Next For RadioShack?

Reports the company will file for bankruptcy in February sent Radio Shack stock prices plummeting Thursday.

CBS 11–01/15/2015

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 10: Fans take photos during Media Day for the College Football Playoff National Championship at Dallas Convention Center on January 10, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Fans Converge On Arlington For College Championship Game

They are on the streets walking, flying flags from cars in snarled traffic and waiting in lines for tables at crowded restaurants.

01/12/2015

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School Tries To Help Cafeteria Worker Who Lost Home To Fire

Her cafeteria co-workers and Dagget Elementary School students are used to seeing Mary Sanchez smiling, but this week they understand if she isn’t so happy.

CBS 11–01/09/2015

roads clearing

Super Bowl Ice Memories Has TxDOT Pre-Treating Roads

With the potential for winter weather this weekend, before the college national football championship, there are signs the Texas Department of Transportation preparation game plan has changed.

CBS 11–01/08/2015

Arlington Life Shelter

Shelters In Need Of Blankets And Winter Coats

A mild winter has led to a cold, hard fact at many shelters; they lack the supplies they need to keep people warm.

01/07/2015

Forest-Hill-Fire

Forest Hill Family Loses Home, Several Pets In Fire

Forest Hills firefighters arrived at the 7100 block of Forest Hills Drive to see flames roaring high in the air from the front of the house there.

01/06/2015

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Winter Weather Fast Approaching In North Texas

All the signs are there of approaching winter weather; plummeting temperatures, cold north wind, people bundled up and businesses selling ways for people to stay warm.

12/30/2014

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Tarrant County Drivers Say Construction Is Road To Confusion

A traffic circle project that should have traffic flowing more smoothly through a busy Intersection in Colleyville temporarily has driver’s heads spinning as they navigate a confusing maze of barricades and signs.

CBS 11–12/29/2014

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