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Sep 1, 2015

Man charged with killing Texas deputy had been in mental hospital

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The man charged with fatally shooting a Houston-area deputy in a hail of gunfire spent four months in a mental hospital in 2012 after being declared incompetent to stand trial in an aggravated assault case, court documents showed.

Shannon Miles, 30, has been charged with capital murder, a crime punishable by death in Texas. He is accused of emptying a 15-round handgun into Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday evening as the lawman fueled a patrol car at a Houston-area gas station.

Aug 27, 2015

Texas Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to fraud charges

By Marice Richter and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Tea Party
Republican, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to three felony
charges of securities fraud during his first court appearance in
a case that threatens his political career.

If convicted of first-degree felony, the state’s top lawman
could face up to 99 years in prison.

Aug 27, 2015

Policeman shot, two people stabbed in southwest Louisiana

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Police stormed a grocery market in a southwestern Louisiana town on Wednesday to arrest a man accused of stabbing two people and shooting an officer before barricading himself inside the store, the St. Landry Parish sheriff said.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was captured after police fired tear gas into the building about an hour after the violence began in the small town of Sunset, about 70 miles (112 km) west of the state capital, Baton Rouge.

Aug 26, 2015

Life Flight pioneer and celebrated Texas surgeon Duke dies at 86

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – James “Red” Duke, a celebrated Texas surgeon who helped develop the Life Flight helicopter emergency service and played a medical role during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died on Tuesday at the age of 86, officials said.

Duke, known for his Texas twang and thick mustache, was one of the best-known surgeons in the state who brought changes to emergency medicine that influenced the field globally, said the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where Duke had worked.

Aug 25, 2015

Texas court halts execution of Nicaraguan man planned for this week

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the planned Wednesday execution of Bernardo Tercero, a Nicaraguan man convicted of murder who human rights groups said had his rights to fair trial violated.

The court said on Tuesday lawyers for Tercero, 39, asserted that he was denied due legal process because the state presented false testimony at his trial. It stayed his execution to allow “a trial court to review the merits of the claim.”

Aug 25, 2015

U.S., Mexico to open first new rail link in over a century

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The United States and
Mexico, which have nearly $600 billion in annual trade, will
launch on Tuesday the first new rail link between the two
countries in more than a century, in the Texas border city of
Brownsville, officials said.

The West Rail Bypass International Bridge will connect
Brownsville with Matamoros, its neighboring city across the
border, and will carry freight between the two countries, the
U.S. Commerce Department said.

Aug 22, 2015

Novelist Ishiguro’s notes and works head to Texas library

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The sweeping archives of award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro will be heading to a University of Texas research library, including a discarded opening chapter for his best-known book, “The Remains of the Day,” the university said.

The novelist, who was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and has lived in Britain since he was a child, has kept extensive notes of his novels and multiple drafts of his works that include “Never Let Me Go” and “The Buried Giant.”

Aug 18, 2015

Texas launches jail safety study weeks after woman’s death in custody

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas will conduct a study on jail safety with the goal of preventing suicide in custody, officials said on Tuesday, weeks after the death of a black woman in a county jail renewed questions about racial bias in U.S. policing.

The announcement by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick comes a day after five special prosecutors were appointed to look into the death of Sandra Bland, 28. She was found hanged in her cell on July 13, three days after her arrest for a minor traffic offense in Waller County, about 50 miles northwest of Houston.

Aug 18, 2015

Texas launches jail safety study weeks after woman’s death in custody

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas will conduct a study on jail safety with the goal of preventing suicide in custody, officials said on Tuesday, weeks after the death of a black woman in a county jail renewed questions about racial bias in U.S. policing.

The announcement by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick comes a day after five special prosecutors were appointed to look into the death of Sandra Bland, 28. She was found hanged in her cell on July 13, three days after her arrest for a minor traffic offense in Waller County, about 50 miles northwest of Houston.

Aug 14, 2015

Battle over same-sex status on birth certificates in Texas and Arkansas

By Jon Herskovitz and Steve Barnes

AUSTIN, Texas/LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) – Two states that
had blocked gay marriage are in legal battles over granting
parenthood status to same-sex couples: Arkansas is trying to
throw out a suit from couples seeking the status and Texas is
saying it does not have forms ready.

The cases come as states that had barred same-sex marriage
grapple with changes brought by the landmark U.S. Supreme Court
decision in June that made gay marriage legal in the United
States.