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Jun 3, 2015

Texas set to execute man who has spent three decades on death row

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – One of the longest-serving inmates on Texas’ busy death row was set to be executed on Wednesday, more than three decades after being convicted of fatally shooting four people in 1983.

Lawyers for Lester Bower filed a last-minute appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court last week that faults the sentencing, seeking to prevent the execution by lethal injection scheduled for 6 p.m. at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville.

Jun 3, 2015

Quips, digs and movie worries in papers from Washington Post’s Bradlee

AUSTIN, Texas, June 3 (Reuters) – Former Washington Post
editor Ben Bradlee quarreled with a TV talk show host, wanted to
cool growth in local liquor stores and had doubts about whether
his name should be used in acclaimed Watergate movie “All the
President’s Men.”

This is according to a collection of nearly 70 boxes of
personal papers from Bradlee acquired by the Harry Ransom
Center, a University of Texas library specializing in original
source material.

Jun 2, 2015

After three decades on death row, Texas inmate set for execution

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set on Wednesday to execute Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on the state’s death row who says he was wrongly convicted of killing four men in 1983 and has spent three decades trying to halt his capital punishment.

Lawyers for Bower filed a last-minute appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court last week that faults the sentencing, seeking to prevent the execution by lethal injection scheduled for 6:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville.

Jun 1, 2015

Qatari couple charged in Texas with abusing household staff

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Qatari military official and his wife were charged by U.S. prosecutors in Texas on Monday with withholding wages from two of their housekeepers from Indonesia and Bangladesh, forcing them to live in squalor and preventing them from leaving.

Hassan Salem Al Homoud and his wife, Zainab Al Hosani, were charged with engaging in forced labor and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said.

Jun 1, 2015

Texas high school football stadium that cost $60 million to reopen after repairs

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – One of the most expensive U.S. high school football stadiums ever built is set to reopen this month after undergoing millions of dollars of repairs to fix structural problems that had made it unsafe, officials in the Dallas suburb of Allen said on Monday.

The Allen Eagle Stadium will be used for graduation ceremonies on Friday. The $60 million stadium, which opened in 2012, was closed in February 2014 after cracks were discovered in the concourse of the structure.

May 29, 2015

Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 16

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 16 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch on Thursday 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 on Thursday.

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.