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May 28, 2015

Severe weather in Texas sets rain record, leaves 16 dead

AUSTIN, Texas, May 28 (Reuters) – Texas prepared for more
flooding on Thursday while still reeling from torrential rains
that killed at least 16 people, inundated major cities and set a
record for the wettest month in the state’s history.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch on
Thursday morning stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas,
through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an
additional six people, and into Kansas. Thunderstorms pelted
large parts of the affected region early on Thursday.

May 28, 2015

New flood warning for Texas, where storms have killed 16

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The National Weather Service issued a new flash flood watch on Thursday for large parts of Texas, where severe weather this week has left at least 16 people dead, damaged thousands of structures and flooded cities such as Houston and Austin.

The warning stretches from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas. Thunderstorms pelted large parts of the affected region on Thursday morning.

May 28, 2015

Hundreds evacuated in Texas after storms leave at least 15 dead

AUSTIN, Texas, May 27 (Reuters) – Hundreds of people were
ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas on Wednesday
as torrential rains battered the state, where at least 15 people
have been killed in weather-related incidents this week,
including six in Houston.

People were told to stay away from more than 200 homes in
Parker County where the Brazos River was poised to overflow its
banks about 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Worth on Wednesday
night, county officials said.

May 27, 2015

Heavy rains hit Texas as death toll rises from floods

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Storms dumped rain on parts of Texas of Wednesday, bringing more runoff to swollen waterways that spilled their banks this week in places such as Houston, where floods have left five people dead and caused chaos in the fourth most-populous U.S. city.

At least 18 people have been killed in Texas and Oklahoma from storms that started over the Memorial Day weekend and led to record floods, destroying hundreds of homes, sweeping away bridges and stranding more than 2,000 motorists on roads.

May 27, 2015

New flood warning for Houston as death toll rises

AUSTIN, Texas, May 27 (Reuters) – The National Weather
Service issued a new flash flood warning on Wednesday for
Houston where storms have left five people dead and turned
neighborhoods into lakes in the fourth most-populous U.S. city.

At least 18 people have been killed in Texas and Oklahoma
from storms on the Memorial Day weekend that caused record
floods, destroying hundreds of homes, sweeping away bridges and
stranding more than 2,000 motorists on roads.

May 26, 2015

More rain coming after storms kill six in Texas, Oklahoma

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Rescue workers searched on Tuesday for 12 people missing in Texas after torrential rains slammed the state and Oklahoma during the Memorial Day weekend, killing six people and causing floods and tornadoes that destroyed homes and swept away bridges.

More bad weather was expected with the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood warning on Tuesday morning for Houston, the nation’s fourth most-populous city, as a line of thunderstorms moved along the Gulf of Mexico coast from Texas toward Florida.

May 23, 2015

In chaos of deadly Texas gang fight, self-defense claims may abound

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas laws that offer a high degree of protection to those who act in self-defense may make it difficult to prosecute the 170 people jailed for a Sunday motorcycle gang fight that left nine dead, with hundreds of weapons seized by police.

Texas allows a person to use deadly force with legal arms in self-defense if they believe such force is immediately necessary to protect against someone using deadly force against them. The use of force, deadly or not, is not justified if a person provoked the encounter.

May 22, 2015

U.S. court denies motion to halt execution of long-serving Texas inmate

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A federal appeals court has denied an application to halt the June execution of Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on death row in Texas, for killing four men at an airport hangar in 1983.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday denied a petition from Bower’s lawyers, who said his planned execution on June 3 should be halted on grounds that his previous sentencing did not match U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

May 21, 2015

About 120 guns found at scene of deadly Texas gang fight

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found.

Gang members hid weapons in sacks of flour and bags of chips at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other in a fight that was likely set off by a smoldering turf battle, Waco Police said.

May 20, 2015

About 1,000 weapons found at scene of deadly Texas gang fight

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – About 1,000 weapons including firearms and knives have been recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, a police spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.

Gang members hid weapons in bags of potato chips and in bathrooms at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other with guns, knives, brass knuckles, clubs and chains, Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton said.