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State Fair of Texas announces 8 finalists for new foods

DALLAS (AP) — Lobster, alligator and buffalo fried delicacies are among the eight finalists for this year's State Fair of Texas best tasting and most creative foods.

Fair officials in Dallas announced the finalists Tuesday. Winners will be chosen Aug. 30 by a panel of celebrity judges.

The other finalist foods include fried cowboy corn crunch, with sweet corn, jalapeno, cream cheese and a hint of smoky bacon.

Fernie's holy moly carrot cake roly has carrot cake coated with cream cheese.

The Lone star pork handle includes a marinated chop, dipped in batter and deep fried.

Pretzel-crusted pollo queso features shredded chicken, cheese and bacon rolled into a ball, crusted with pretzel breading and fried.

The smoky bacon margarita — is self-explanatory.

The State Fair of Texas runs Sept. 25 through Oct. 18.


South Texan gets nearly 5 years in prison over pipe bombs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A 21-year-old South Texas man has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for making pipe bombs.

Michael Anthony Keich  of D'Hanis was sentenced Monday in San Antonio.

Keich in May pleaded guilty to making a destructive device.

Nobody was hurt in the 2014 case that prosecutors say involved three pipe bombs, including two safely confiscated by officers. 

Inmate at Travis County jail dies after found unresponsive

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A female inmate in the Travis County Correctional Complex has died after being found unresponsive in the shower.

Investigators on Tuesday announced the death of 40-year-old Athena Covarrubias. Autopsy results are pending but investigators found no evidence of foul play.

No cause of death was immediately released for Covarrubias, who was discovered unresponsive Monday morning.

Austin police arrested the woman on Aug. 5 for three warrants out of Williamson County related to possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and driving with an invalid license. Covarrubias also faced one new count of possession of a controlled substance.

Texas district attorney out of jail after contempt violation

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas prosecutor has been released from jail after being found in contempt of court for violating a gag order in a 2009 murder case.

Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty was released Monday morning after beginning her sentence Friday. On Aug. 6, a judge cited Duty for violating a gag order in the case of Crispin Harmel, who is accused of strangling Jessica Kalaher. Duty was also fined $500.

Duty said she contacted a reporter to deny allegations that she withheld evidence, but she did not violate the order because she did not discuss the facts of the case. Duty was given a 10-day sentence, but she did not serve the full time because she received two days of credit for each day served.

Blue Bell to resume distributing ice cream to select markets

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries will resume distributing ice cream to select markets in Texas and Alabama this month after halting sales and production following listeria contamination.

The Brenham, Texas-based company said Monday that it plans to re-enter parts of 15 states in five phases. The first phase, which starts Aug. 31, will include the Brenham, Houston and Austin areas in Texas and the Birmingham and Montgomery areas in Alabama.

The Blue Bell production facility in Sylacauga, Alabama, began producing ice cream in July. Production facilities in Brenham and Broken Arrow, Okla., are still undergoing upgrades similar to those made at the Alabama plant.

Blue Bell in April voluntarily recalled all products after its treats were linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.

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