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North Texas Flu Numbers on the Rise — Dallas County Health and Human Services now reports 1,274 confirmed cases of the flu this season, with one death, according to the latest numbers released. And with the number of flu cases increasing, it has been very busy at CityDoc Urgent Care. "We are probably seeing 10 to 15 cases a day," said Dr. Staci Benson.

Man Suspected of Using Cloned Card at North Texas ATMs — McKinney police are asking for the public's help identifying a man they believe used a cloned credit card. Police believe the man went to several ATMs in Arlington, Plano, Dallas and Irving between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3.

Tarrant County Proclaims Dec. 9 Kent Brantly Day — Dr. Kent Brantly was honored Tuesday at the Tarrant County Commissioner's Court, as county leaders proclaimed Dec. 9 Dr. Kent Brantly Day. The Fort Worth doctor was recognized for the work he has done in fighting Ebola, which he contracted himself while treating patients in West Africa.

No Shortage of Flu Meds in Texas — Texas now ranks as the number two state in flu activity, according to newly launched Walgreens Flu Index. And on Monday, a spokesperson for Tarrant County Public Health says they are seeing flu surveillance numbers showing three weeks ahead of where they were the last two years at this time.

Southwest Airlines Employees Picket at Dallas Love Field — Southwest Airlines ramp workers picketed outside Dallas Love Field Airport on Tuesday over the slow progress of contract talks with the Dallas-based airline. Members of Transport Workers Union 555, which represents the ground workers for Southwest, said the union has not had a contract since 2011.

Red Cross and Fire Departments Busy This Winter — The American Red Cross Disaster Services team has been extra busy this month helping North Texas families affected by fires. This past week alone, the team has responded to 41 fires, including Monday morning on North Story Road, where Nicole Hayes and her son were able to escape the flames after firefighters pounded on her door.

Fire at a Dallas Middle School — Firefighters were called to Browne Middle School on Sprague Drive in Dallas Thursday morning. A spokesperson for Dallas Fire-Rescue tells NBC 5 that an employee noticed smoke coming from a window-mounted heating/air conditioning unit. A spokesperson for the district says there were no students in that portable classroom.

Dallas City Workers Rescue Truck Driver in Creek — Two Dallas city employees were among a group of people who came to the rescue of a co-worker whose truck ended up in White Rock Creek after an apparent medical emergency Tuesday morning. The driver lost control of his city truck near Lanshire Drive and Goforth Road and careened into the water.

'Happy to Be Alive': Tire Slams into Car on North Texas Highway — A driver and his wife escaped serious injury Sunday after a tire came crashing into their car on U.S. Route 75 in McKinney. Russ and Linda Ellis were near the exit for the Sam Rayburn Tollway when the tire suddenly bounced into their Toyota Prius.

Demand Up for Gear to Protect Health Care Workers — A North Texas company that makes protective gear in the fight against Ebola and other communicable diseases is working to keep up with the ever-increasing demand. Prestige Ameritech in North Richland Hills produces face shields, respirators, surgical masks and other items worn by health care workers who treat patients with Ebola.
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