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Texas House OKs online tracking system for sexual offense cases

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House has preliminarily approved a bill creating a statewide electronic tracking system for forensic evidence collected in sex offense cases.

The chamber used a voice vote Tuesday to pass Austin Democratic Rep. Donna How?ard's proposal, which would create an online system making cases easier to follow once physical evidence has been collected. It's expected to cost about $1.5 million during Texas' 2018-2019 budget cycle.

Howard says a sizeable rape kit testing backlog has made it difficult for victims to track their cases. She said the idea for the bill came from an assault victim who told of being frustrated with the lack of information about the progress of her case after evidence was collected.

A final vote, likely coming Wednesday, will send Howard's bill to the state Senate.


Branch Davidian TV series to start filming soon

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A six-part television series covering a deadly standoff between the federal government and the Branch Davidians spiritual sect more than two decades ago will be filmed in New Mexico.


Thousands march for immigrant rights Sunday in Dallas

DALLAS — Thousands of people marched and rallied in downtown Dallas on Sunday to call for an overhaul of the nation's immigration system and end to what organizers said is an aggressive deportation policy.


Body recovered from waters of San Antonio River Walk

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — San Antonio police are investigating the discovery of a man's body in the waters of the downtown San Antonio River Walk.


Man upset over take-out beer ban shoots at Houston officer

HOUSTON — A Houston police officer has avoided serious injury after an angry restaurant customer shot at him when he told the man he couldn't take his beer outside.

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