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Northeast Texas woman charged with killing former son-in-law

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A Northeast Texas woman has been charged in the fatal shooting of her former son-in-law at a car dealership where he worked as a manager.

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Billionaire Walton selling cutting horses from Texas ranch

MILLSAP, Texas (AP) — Billionaire Alice Walton plans to sell all of the cutting horses from her North Texas ranch as she gets out of the breeding business.

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Country singer Norwood dies in Hereford apartment, no foul play

HEREFORD, Texas (AP) — Police say country singer Daron Norwood has been found dead in his Texas apartment.

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Texas News Briefs 07.22.15

South Texas officer accused of stealing drugs from a home 

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A criminal complaint unsealed this week accuses a South Texas police officer of stealing cocaine from a home in 2012 and then trying to cover up the theft by claiming he found the drugs in a car that he seized.

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Texas News Briefs 07.21.18

AP election polling project wins Knight Foundation grant 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Associated Press has won a $250,000 grant to conduct voter surveys designed to be cheaper and more accurate than traditional exit polls.

Announced Tuesday in Austin, the grant comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The AP is combining state exit polls and telephone polls to better survey Election Day voters and a growing number of people casting early or absentee ballots.

"The Next Generation Beyond Exit Polls" project hopes to gauge real-time preferences of more voters in more cost efficient ways. It is headed by Sally Buzbee, chief of AP's Washington bureau, and AP's Washington News Editor David Pace.

The grant is part of $3.2 million being awarded to 22 projects better informing voters and increasing "civic participation before, during and after elections."

 

Vandals deface North Texas Confederate monument 

DENTON, Texas (AP) — Authorities are searching for three people who they say defaced a Confederate monument in North Texas with the words, "This is racist."

Surveillance video provided Monday by the Denton County sheriff's office shows two figures scaling the monument to spray-paint the words in red before fleeing with a third person.

The monument in Denton is an archway over a path leading to a city park. It's topped by a statue of a soldier and includes the words, "Our Confederate soldiers."

Authorities believe the vandalism occurred late Sunday or early Monday. Workers have cleaned the monument but a red stain remains.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reports that the Denton County Office of History and Culture says damage could exceed $50,000.

 

Heavy rains bring flooding to parts of West Texas

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Heavy rains in West Texas have brought flooding to parts of the region, including Amarillo and El Paso.

Parts of major arteries through Amarillo were closed to motorists due to standing water and emergency crews responded to high-water rescues Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood warning for the city until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Up to 3 inches of rain quickly fell on some areas.

The El Paso Times reports the National Weather Service had issued a flood advisory for El Paso after more than an inch of rain fell.

 

Many factors led to deaths of 4 Houston firefighters

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal report says several factors contributed to the deaths of four Houston firefighters battling a fire in 2013, including the building's construction and an inadequate sprinkler system.

Thirty-five-year-old Capt. Matthew Renaud, 41-year-old engineer operator Robert Bebee, 29-year-old firefighter Robert Garner and 24-year-old firefighter Anne Sullivan were killed in the fire at a Houston restaurant in May 2013.

The report released by the Centers for Disease Control's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says other factors that contributed to their deaths included heavy winds, personnel accountability and communication problems.

The national institute's report comes after an internal Houston Fire Department inquiry and a report from the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire department said it reviewed the report with families of the fallen firefighters last week.

 

Man charged in beating death of his boyfriend in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder in the beating death of his boyfriend in Austin following a fight.

According to an arrest affidavit, Bryan Canchola was charged in the death Friday of 18-year-old Stephen Sylvester. Canchola remains in Travis County jail on $500,000 bond. Jail records don't list an attorney.

The affidavit says the men's roommate told police the couple had been fighting since about 4:15 a.m. after coming home from drinking. The roommate drove Sylvester, who was bleeding from the head, to the hospital but called police at 5:50 a.m. to tell them Sylvester disappeared.

About a half-hour later, Canchola called 911 from their apartment saying that Sylvester was unconscious and bleeding.

An autopsy showed that Sylvester, who had injuries common with strangulation, died from head trauma.

 
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