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Jun 19, 2015

At least four dead as Tropical Depression Bill soaks central U.S.

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – At least four people have been killed by Tropical Depression Bill, which on Friday settled over Arkansas and Missouri, and led to flash flood watches in five states.

Bill, the second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to lose strength as it moves into the Ohio Valley, bringing about 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cms) of rain in places such southern Illinois and Indiana as well as western Kentucky, the U.S. National Weather Service said.

Jun 19, 2015

Texas Supreme Court allows same-sex divorce

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Texas Supreme Court on Friday upheld a divorce granted in a lower court for a same-sex couple, a precedent-setting decision in a state that has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The court ruled that state authorities, who tried to block the divorce, did not have appropriate standing in the matter and upheld the divorce of Angelique Naylor and Sabina Daly, who were married in Massachusetts in 2004.

Jun 18, 2015

Texas to execute man for bludgeoning mechanic to death in robbery

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set on Thursday to execute Gregory Russeau, 45, who was convicted of killing a 75-year-old auto mechanic in a 2001 robbery and driving off from the crime scene in the victim’s car.

Texas plans to put Russeau to death by lethal injection at its death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. CDT. There were no court petitions to halt the execution filed as of Wednesday afternoon, according to online records.

Jun 17, 2015

Tropical Depression Bill soaks Texas, kills one, brings flood worries

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Tropical Depression Bill drenched large parts of Texas on Wednesday, turning streets into lakes, raising flood worries and killing at least one person in the state where severe weather killed about 30 people last month.

There were scores of traffic accidents related to Bill, the second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. It was downgraded from a tropical storm on Wednesday as it lost power. It first came ashore on Tuesday and has taken a northern path into central Texas.

Jun 17, 2015

Tropical Depression Bill batters Texas, kills one

AUSTIN, Texas, June 17 (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Bill was
downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday as it moved
across Texas but still brought heavy rains that flooded streets
and left at least one person dead in the state where severe
weather killed about 30 people last month.

There were scores of traffic accidents related to Bill, the
second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane
season, which came ashore near the sportfishing town of
Matagorda on Tuesday and then took a path into central Texas.

Jun 17, 2015

Tropical Depression Bill batters Texas with torrential rain

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Bill was downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday as it moved across Texas, bringing heavy rains that flooded streets and snarled transportation in the state where severe weather killed about 30 people last month.

There were no reports of major damage or deaths from Bill, the second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, which came ashore near the sportfishing town of Matagorda on Tuesday and then took a path into central Texas.

Jun 15, 2015

Heavy rain on tap for Texas this week may trigger new flooding

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Storms are expected to pound Texas with heavy rain this week and could start a new round of flooding in the state, which is still recovering from floods in late May that killed about 30 people and caused widespread damage, according to U.S. weather officials.

Flash flood watches are in effect for central Texas and in the Houston area, regions where flooding last month turned streets into rivers, submerged thousands and vehicles and led to swollen rivers that ripped scores of houses off their foundations.

Jun 14, 2015

Waco gang fight killings cloud biker party in Texas capital

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A party for 50,000 bikers held under heavy police presence in the Texas capital of Austin ended without major incident on Sunday, an event drawing extra scrutiny after a fight among rival motorcycle gangs in Waco last month left 9 people dead.

The Republic of Texas Rally, which began on Thursday and was celebrating its 20 anniversary, was the first major gathering of bikers in the state since the deadly fight in Waco, about 100 miles to the north, where gangs attacked each other with guns, knives, chains and clubs.

Jun 10, 2015

Texas officer in video let ‘emotions get the better of him’: lawyer

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Dallas-area policeman seen in a viral video throwing a bikini-clad black teenager to the ground was emotionally fraught at the time after responding to two suicide calls, and was not targeting minorities, his attorney said on Wednesday.

McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt, who is white, resigned on Tuesday after being seen in a video responding to a disturbance at a pool party on Friday where he appeared to target black youths, an incident that has added to concerns about racial bias in U.S. policing.

Jun 10, 2015

Abortion rights groups file motion to halt key provisions in Texas law

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Several women’s health providers filed a motion on Wednesday seeking to halt a U.S. appeals court decision a day earlier allowing Texas to impose restrictions on abortions, and said they plan to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the main provisions of the 2013 Texas abortion law including one called an “ambulatory surgical center” requirement that mandates clinics have certain hospital-grade facilities, a regulatory hurdle critics said was designed to shut down abortion providers.