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Oct 23, 2015

Rain lashes Texas as Hurricane Patricia raises flooding risks

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Heavy rains pelted Texas
on Friday, flooding Dallas streets and scrambling air transport
as the National Weather Service placed almost all of the state
of 27 million people under a flood watch, warning of torrential
downpours through the weekend.

Rains were expected to intensify over the weekend when
moisture from monster Hurricane Patricia, which is threatening
the Pacific coast of Mexico, meets with the storm system coming
from the west and over Texas, a forecaster with the U.S.
National Weather said.

Oct 23, 2015

Texas under flood warning due to storm bringing torrential rain

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The National Weather Service placed large parts of Texas that are home to more than 10 million people under a flash flood watch on Friday due to storms expected to drop as much as 15 inches of rain in some spots through the weekend.

The warning stretches from the border with Mexico through San Antonio and into the Dallas area, a region where heavy rains and flooding in May killed more than 20 people and caused massive damage.

Oct 22, 2015

Planned Parenthood says Texas launches politically charged document hunt

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Texas sent agents to
Planned Parenthood facilities on Thursday seeking documents, the
group said, calling it a “politically motivated” move that comes
on the heels of the state’s Republican leaders barring it from
receiving Medicaid money.

Members of the Texas Office of the Inspector General made
unannounced visits at Planned Parenthood health centers in
Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, staying in some cases for
several hours and giving Planned Parenthood 24 hours to deliver
thousands of pages of documents stored at its facilities across
the state, the organization said.

Oct 22, 2015

Texas raids several Planned Parenthood facilities, group says

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas officials raided several Planned Parenthood facilities on Thursday, the group said, in a move that comes days after the state’s Republicans leaders barred the women’s health group from receiving state Medicaid money.

The raids were carried out at Planned Parenthood health centers in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio by representatives from the Texas Office of the Inspector General.

Oct 21, 2015

Archives from literary giant García Márquez open for research in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A University of Texas library on Wednesday opened for research its collection of personal material from Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez, whose stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for readers around the world.

The collection spans more than 60 years and includes manuscripts, photographs, letters and other personal material from one of the giants of 20th century literature. It was acquired last year by the university’s Harry Ransom Center, one of the world’s largest collectors of humanities original source material.

Oct 21, 2015

Iowa taxidermist sentenced to 27 months for illegal rhino horn trade

By David Bailey and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – An Iowa taxidermist pleaded guilty to buying and
selling black rhino horns in violation of U.S. laws protecting
endangered species has been sentenced to 27 months in prison,
court records show.

James Hess of Maquoketa, Iowa, will also have three years of
supervised release after serving his prison term, according to
documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, for the sentence handed down on Tuesday.

Oct 20, 2015

Cattle rustling U.S.A., where ‘Rawhide’ meets ‘Breaking Bad’

By Jon Herskovitz and Heide Brandes

SEMINOLE, Okla. (Reuters) – Cattle rustling, a crime associated with the Wild West, is on the rebound in the heart of the U.S. cattle industry, driven largely by ranch hands stealing livestock to get money to feed their drug habits.

The crime has evolved from rustlers on horseback driving their plunder across the range, often portrayed in the early 1960s U.S. TV program “Rawhide,” to modern-day cowboys using pickup trucks and trailers to make off with cattle.

Oct 16, 2015

U.S. hunting clubs, rhino hunter sue Delta over trophy ban

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Hunting clubs and a man who paid $350,000 for a license to hunt a black rhino in Namibia have sued Delta Airlines, saying its ban on transporting some big game hunting trophies hurts conservation efforts and violates its global obligations.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Texas on Thursday, the hunter of the endangered black rhino, Corey Knowlton, along with the Dallas Safari Club, the Houston Safari Clubs and others said that the transport of the trophies is allowed under a strict systems of global permits and Delta must abide by its obligations.

Oct 16, 2015

Oklahoma deal halts executions until well into 2016 or longer

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Oklahoma reached a deal with three death row
inmates on Friday to put their executions on hold until well
into 2016 or even longer to investigate problems with death
chamber protocols after the wrong drug was provided last month
for use in one of the men’s scheduled lethal injection.

The announcement in a court filing came after an Oklahoma
court on Oct. 2 granted Oklahoma’s request to indefinitely
postpone the three upcoming executions so it could examine a
drug mix-up discovered just hours before inmate Richard Glossip
was to have been put to death in September.

Oct 15, 2015

Texas football coach denies ordering player to hit referee

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Texas high school football coach suspected of directing his players to blindside an official in a game denied he ordered the hit and told a investigative panel on Thursday he wants to clear his name.

John Jay High School secondary coach Mack Breed said he made comments that included profanities in anger about an official’s call in the game last month while on the sidelines but that they were not directed at any players on his team. A few plays later, two players on the team ran over the official.