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Mixed bag in Texas' court challenges of Obama's EPA

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nearly two dozen Texas challenges against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the current administration have yielded a mixed bag.

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Police: Dallas guard shoots wife after fight over infidelity

DALLAS (AP) — A security guard at a Dallas office tower is accused of murder after allegedly calling 911 and saying he shot his wife because he feared for his life.

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University of Texas removes Jefferson Davis statue

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from its pedestal Sunday on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, days after a court rejected an appeal from a Confederate heritage group.

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Texas lakes getting back to normal after spring flooding

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) — The parking lot at Joe Pool Lake's Lynn Creek Marina is now dry, but signs of flooding have been left behind.

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Texas News Briefs 08.27.15

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 Off-duty Dallas policeman helps catch alleged fake officer 

DALLAS (AP) — Police have nabbed a driver accused of flashing law enforcement-style red and blue lights behind a vehicle being driven by an off-duty Dallas officer.

Charles Troutman was charged Wednesday with impersonating a public servant and possession of marijuana.

Dallas County online jail records do not list the 22-year-old suspect as still in custody Thursday or information on an attorney or bond for him.

An off-duty Dallas officer was traveling in his personal vehicle on Interstate 30 before dawn Wednesday when a vehicle behind him flashed police-type lights. The officer became suspicious, pulled over and called 911.

The suspect's unmarked Chevrolet pickup truck drove by but was stopped by Mesquite police and Troutman was arrested.

Dallas police are seeking other drivers allegedly pulled over by Troutman.

 

Texas inmate wrongly released 2 years early back in custody 

LONDON, Texas (AP) — An inmate mistakenly released from the Jim Wells County jail two years early has been caught about 250 miles away at a Central Texas home.

Authorities say Jonathan Miser of Orange Grove was captured Wednesday at residence near London, about 125 miles northwest of Austin.

Miser was wrongly released from the jail in Alice on July 20 due to a paperwork error. He was sentenced in early June to about five weeks in custody for evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance and escape.

The erroneous release was discovered Aug. 3. Authorities say a corrections officer failed to submit paperwork that would have retained Miser for Aransas County, where he must serve two years in an unrelated case.

Two Jim Wells County jailers resigned following the mix-up.

 

Former IRS worker in Texas sentenced for fraud, ID theft 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former IRS employee in Texas has been sentenced to two years and a day in prison for stealing personal data to file more than 50 bogus tax returns.

Kenneth Goheen of Austin was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to repay nearly $120,000 that he illegally received.

The 57-year-old Goheen in June pleaded guilty in Austin to wire fraud and to aggravated identity theft.

Goheen was a tax examining technician with the IRS before the scam was discovered. Prosecutors say he stole identification information from individual tax ID number applicants.

Goheen used the information to file dozens of fraudulent tax returns between March 2013 and January 2015 to wrongly get tax refunds.

 

Kentucky trucker gets prison in Texas prostitution case 

WACO, Texas (AP) — A trucker from Kentucky must serve more than four years in federal prison for trying to transport prostitutes he planned to pick up in Texas.

Anthony Wayne Farrior of Paducah, Kentucky, was sentenced Wednesday in Waco. The 28-year-old trucker in July pleaded guilty to violating the Mann Act, which deals with prostitution and human trafficking.

Prosecutors say Farrior in February, with help from a cellphone, answered an Internet advertisement and stopped at a truck stop in Waco, seeking to have sex with women. The ad was placed by an undercover officer.

Authorities say Farrior agreed to transport women to work as prostitutes at truck stops around the country, in exchange for part of the cash earned.

Farrior was arrested March 6 in Waco.

 

Community pool site near Houston trashed during party 

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine who vandalized a community pool near Houston during a party where some revelers arrived by stretch limousine.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released security video in the burglary investigation in the Richmond area.

About 15 to 20 teens and young adults are seen wearing bathing suits and arriving at the pool in the Parkway Lakes Subdivision. Several vehicles, including a limo, pull up to the site.

Officials are trying to determine who was able to retrieve a key and an entry code to the pool complex. Authorities believe some partygoers splashed paint on the walls and floors of a building.

Deputies on Aug. 1 discovered the vandalism. A similar trashing occurred a week later.

Richmond is 20 miles southwest of Houston.

 

Greatbatch buying Lake Region Medical in $1.73B deal 

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Medical components maker Greatbatch is buying Lake Region Medical in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.73 billion.

The companies say the transaction will create one of the biggest medical device component suppliers in the world. It will serve the cardiac, neuromodulation, vascular, orthopaedics and advanced surgical markets. The business will have operations in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Greatbatch Inc. will pay about $478 million in cash, assume approximately $1 billion of Lake Region Medical Inc.'s debt and issue 5.1 million shares of common stock and options to Lake Region Medical's shareholders.

Greatbatch stockholders are expected to own about 83.4 percent of the combined company, with Lake Region Medical stockholders owning about 16.6 percent.

The combined company will have approximately $1.5 billion in revenue and more than 9,000 employees worldwide.

Both companies' boards unanimously approved the transaction, which is targeted to close in the fourth quarter.

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