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Gang Member Pleads Guilty In Officer Slaying, 4 Other Deaths

(AP) – A 38-year-old Texas Mexican Mafia leader has pleaded guilty to all federal charges against him, including charges related to the slaying of a San Antonio-area police officer and four other gang members.  San Antonio TV station WOAI reports that Ruben “Menace” Reyes admitted he ordered the 2014 slaying of Balcones Heights Police Officer […]

Appeal Rejected For Man On Death Row For Killing 11-Year-Old-Girl

(AP) – A federal appeals court has refused an appeal from a Texas death row inmate who was arrested nearly 19 years after an 11-year-old Fort Worth girl was raped and strangled in her home.  The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected claims from 53-year-old Juan Segundo that his lawyers at his […]

Texas Research Facility Fined For Deaths Of Primates

(AP) – Federal inspectors say a South Texas research facility where 13 primates died of hyperthermia in overheated rooms violated the Animal Welfare Act and has been fined.  Covance Research Products in Alice was fined $31,500 for four violations of the federal act following the 2014 deaths of the cynomolgus monkeys, a type of macaque […]

Man, 18, Arrested For Sex Trafficking Girls, 15

(AP) – Federal authorities in El Paso say an 18-year-old man believed from Africa is held without bond on a sex trafficking charge after he was arrested for bringing two 15-year-old girls from Phoenix and then prostituting them on an internet classified website.  FBI assistant special agent Keith Byers says authorities arrested Edema Missiadan after […]

Video Of Black Woman Thrown To Ground Sparks Review; See Video

(AP) – Austin’s police chief says his department’s chain of command needs to be reviewed in the wake of a video showing a white officer throwing a black Texas teacher to the ground during a traffic stop.  More than a year passed between the traffic stop in which Officer Bryan Richter nearly threw Breaion King […]

Suspended Starr County JP Denied Request For New Trial

Suspended Starr County Justice of the Peace Salvador Zarate has had his request for a new trial shot down. A judge this week rejected his attorney’s claims that prosecutors did not provide enough evidence to support a conviction. Zarate had been found guilty of bribery in April. The Precinct 3 Place 1 J-P was found […]

UPDATE: Clinton Thanks Sanders And Supporters

(AP)- Hillary Clinton says she’s heard the views of Bernie Sanders’ steadfast supporters and says their cause is her cause.  She’s giving her presidential acceptance speech at the Democratic convention after a hard-fought race with the Vermont senator.  She’s praising Sanders for putting economic and social justice issues “front and center” – where she says […]

UPDATE: Clinton Accepts Nomination

(AP) – Hillary Clinton says she accepts the Democratic presidential nomination with “humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise.”  Clinton says the slogan “stronger together” that’s been featured in her campaign is a guiding principle for the country.  She says it’ll help define a future with a healthy economy “for everyone, not just those […]

Police Save Robbery Suspect From Burning Car After Chase

(AP) – Police officers saved an armed robbery suspect from a burning car after a chase ended in a crash in an episode caught on police body camera video.  The incident happened in south Fort Worth earlier this month when officers were advised to watch for a car with three men wanted for a reported […]

GPS Tells Driver To Turn Around; Car Ends Up Almost Vertical

(AP) – Police in Vermont say a car ended up almost vertical when the driver swerved quickly in response to her GPS ordering her to “turn around.”  The car was suspended almost vertically on guy wires attached to a utility pole in Mendon on Wednesday night. Police say 30-year-old Nabila Altahan of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was […]