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Fatal police shooting in Texas City prompts heated demonstration

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — A police shooting that left a man dead prompted a demonstration outside a Houston-area police station where arguments among protesters became heated.

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Woman to plead guilty in Kaufman DA murder case

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KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — The estranged wife of a former justice of the peace in North Texas is expected to plead guilty to murder in connection with the 2013 slayings of a district attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor.

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Small boat flips off Corpus Christi, 1 missing

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — One of three people tossed into the water when their small boat flipped near a fishing pier off Corpus Christi's south side remains missing.

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Spokesman: George H.W. Bush to remain in hospital

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HOUSTON (AP) — A spokesman for George H.W. Bush says that the former president will remain in a Houston hospital for now but that news of a "possible discharge" could come soon.

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Dallas, river authority at odds over water bill

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DALLAS (AP) — The city of Dallas and a North Texas river authority are at odds over the price of lake water that could trickle down into a 15 percent rate hike for city customers.

The Dallas Morning News reports Dallas has asked the Texas Public Utility Commission to block the rate set by the state-created Sabine River Authority. The river authority decided to charge Dallas $24.1 million a year for water after six years of failed negotiations.

The city this year started drawing from Lake Fork, which provides about 13 percent of water coming out of Dallas faucets. Dallas officials say the price could be passed on to consumers, adding about $4 a month to the average residential water bill.

The nearly 28,000-acre reservoir is owned by the authority but was built by Dallas in the 1970s. The city paid $315 million to construct the lake and has underwritten 74 percent of the reservoir's operating costs every year since 1981.

City officials declined to say what a fair price of water would be, but are adamant that the price set by the authority is too high. Dallas has received a $2 million water bill from the authority for November, which is due before Dec. 31.

"This year, because we have not budgeted (it) ... we would have to defer some capital improvements" to meet the river authority's demands, said Terry Lowery, assistant director of business operations for Dallas Water Utilities. "In the future, it would be the imposition of a rate increase."

Ann Galassi, the Sabine River Authority's assistant general manager of administration, says the price is reasonable. The authority is charging Dallas 56 cents per 1,000 gallons.

"We set a rate we thought was fair because it was a rate they set for their customers," she said.

The commission has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 6 and will determine if it has jurisdiction in the dispute.

 
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