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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.

May 20, 2015

Shopping area reopens after deadly Texas motorcycle gang fight

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The shopping center in the central Texas city of Waco shut after a weekend brawl between rival motorcycle gangs that left nine people dead will reopen on Wednesday, police said.

Authorities still are investigating the main crime scene, a Twin Peaks restaurant in the center where five biker gangs used guns, knives, clubs and chains in a Sunday fight that spilled out into two parking lots. The battle ended in a hail of bullets from police positioned outside in anticipation of violence.

May 19, 2015

High bail, prolonged jail for bikers in deadly Texas gang brawl

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The bail is beyond reach, the booking process is moving at a snail’s pace and the time in jail is likely to be lengthy for the 170 people arrested in connection with the motorcycle gang fight in the Texas city of Waco that left nine dead.

Law enforcement wants gang members to remain behind bars, legal experts said, as they try to find out who did what to whom in a fight among more than 100 bikers. It happened at a Twin Peaks restaurant and spilled into two parking lots, leaving behind a trail of evidence that included blood, guns, knives and chains.

May 17, 2015

Central U.S. hit by floods after tornadoes

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Thunderstorms and floods battered several central U.S. states on Sunday after a tornado series hit large parts of the area a day earlier, cutting power lines and damaging structures.

Parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kansas were either under a flash flood watch or flash flood warning on Sunday morning as thunderstorms battered several central states, the National Weather Service said.

May 15, 2015

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell hit by Listeria outbreak to lay off workers

AUSTIN, Texas, May 15 (Reuters) – Texas ice cream maker Blue
Bell Creameries said on Friday it plans to lay off 37 percent of
its employees as it tries to restart operations after a Listeria
outbreak that led to a recall of its products and a hit to its

“We have an obligation to do what is necessary to bring Blue
Bell back and ensure its viability in the future. This is a sad
day for all of us at Blue Bell, and for me personally,” Chief
Executive Officer and President Paul Kruse said.