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2 detained after Texas Southern University shooting released

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police have released the two men detained after a student was killed at Texas Southern University, as police search for the suspected shooter.

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As face-lift eyed for Alamo, critics call for broader scope

DALLAS (AP) — As the Alamo prepares for a face-lift of at least $48 million, some critics say the landmark — one of the most recognizable in U.S. history — must be transformed from a one-dimensional attraction that's struggled to find its footing amid the clamor of downtown San Antonio.

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Baylor rescinds honorary 2003 degree awarded to Bill Cosby

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University has joined a growing list of schools rescinding honorary degrees conferred on Bill Cosby over the years.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the university's board of regents on Thursday voted to rescind an honorary doctorate awarded to Cosby in 2003.

Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said "acts of interpersonal and sexual violence" contradict the school's values.

The vote by regents comes days after Wilkes University in Pennsylvania revoked an honorary degree it granted Cosby in 2004.

Court documents unsealed in July show Cosby admitting in 2005 to carrying on extramarital relationships with several women, including some who accuse him of sexual assault.

He has not been charged with a crime.

Texas tops list in number of inmates set for early release

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Nearly 600 of the more than 5,500 federal inmates serving sentences for drug crimes and scheduled for early release from prison next month are in Texas, which is the most of any state.

The release is part of a cost-cutting measure intended to reduce the nation's huge prison population.

U.S. officials estimate that more prisoners sentenced in the federal judiciary's Western District of Texas are set for early release than any other region in the country, the San Antonio Express-News reported, citing figures provided by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Texas judicial districts likely have so many offenders affected by the new guidelines because of the large number of low-level drug smugglers caught at the border, said San Antonio defense attorney John Convery, who is a former federal prosecutor.

"It's a general recognition that the guidelines were inviting judges to sentence people too harshly," Convery told the newspaper.

The inmates set to go free in November are among the first of what could eventually be tens of thousands eligible for release.

The changes are part of an effort to rethink decades-long sentences for drug offenders.

 

State flag-desecration law ruled unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' ban on flag desecration is unconstitutional, a state court ruled Wednesday, invalidating a seldom-enforced ban that lawmakers enacted in 1989 after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down nearly identical legislation on First Amendment grounds.

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