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Agency releases photos of damaged Southwest jet

DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials on Thursday released two photos of damage to a Southwest Airlines Co. jet that sprung a hole in the body during flight.

They plan to do metallurgical examination of the damaged section.

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11 horses die in Parker County from dehydration

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) ‚  Parker County authorities say 11 horses died of dehydration at a ranch near Weatherford.

Sheriff Larry Fowler says it appears a well had quit and an employee did not notice it.

Fowler told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that a ranch hand apparently failed to check a water well on the opposite side of the property from where the horses were being fed.

Fowler says the ranch hand is being prosecuted on misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

Ten horses were discovered dead earlier this month. Another had to be euthanized. More than two dozen others were removed and treated for dehydration.


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

 

 

Texas drought worsens since last week

LUBBOCK,Texas (AP) ‚  Texas continues to grow ever drier, and new data show the state has the most land in the worst stage of drought in nearly a decade.

The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows about 18 percent of the state to be in exceptional drought, up from just more than 14 percent last week.

Central and South Texas are hardest hit and are the only regions in the U.S. in extreme and exceptional drought. Ovenlike temperatures and no appreciable rain are the culprits.

Records on the drought monitor Web site show Texas hasn't had this much land in exceptional drought since at least January 2000. The previous high was in late August 2006, when about 16 percent was in the worst dryness stage.


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

 

Texas' Garrido gets 4 days in jail in DWI case

DALLAS (AP) ‚  Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido was sentenced Thursday to four days in jail for a drunken driving conviction, though he might not serve any time.

Garrido's attorney, Michael Burnett, said Travis County jail officials will decide how long to keep the winningest coach in Division I after he reports sometime before Aug. 15. Burnett said the 70-year-old Garrido received two days' credit when he was arrested and could earn the other two days simply by getting processed.

Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said any comment on how long Garrido will stay is "pure speculation" right now.

"We're waiting to get the judge's written order," Wade said. "When he gets here, he'll be classified just like anyone else would."

Garrido was fined $500 by County Court-at-Law Judge Elisabeth Earle and had his driver's license suspended for 90 days after the misdemeanor first-time offense.

Garrido was arrested in downtown Austin in January when police noticed he was driving without his headlights on. He pleaded guilty two weeks later.

Travis County Attorney David Escamilla said his office recommended a five-day sentence.

"From what I understand, the judge cited as a basis for her decision the fact that Mr. Garrido took responsibility for his actions," Escamilla said. "We certainly respect and appreciate that."

Garrido has 1,679 victories and five national championships, including two with the Longhorns. He fell a game short of another title last month when Texas lost the deciding game of a best-of-3 championship series to LSU.

Burnett said Garrido had completed an alcohol counseling program and a two-hour session with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.

"As he said from the beginning, when you do something wrong, you've got to pay the price and he's been willing to do that," Burnett said. "And he left it to others to determine what that price would be."


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

Final A&M report Friday on deadly sailboat sinking

 GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A final report is expected Friday on the 2008 capsizing of the Texas A&M racing sailboat Cynthia Woods that left one person dead.

Two lawyers for the school are expected to release the report to regents.

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