KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com State News State News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:07:50 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Texas Wildlife Employee at Fish Hatchery Dies http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-wildlife-employee-at-fish-hatchery-dies/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-wildlife-employee-at-fish-hatchery-dies/ State News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 8:09:12 AM Texas Wildlife Employee at Fish Hatchery Dies

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) - A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employee has died after working in a confined space at a state fish hatchery.

San Marcos police on Tuesday afternoon responded to a report of an unconscious worker. Investigators say the man was in a chamber about 20 to 30 feet underground and apparently operating a gasoline-powered pump when he collapsed.

Police have not released the man's name as the investigation continues into his death.

The hatchery opened in 1949 and specializes in rearing fingerling fish for more than 300 Texas reservoirs.

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Texas Regents Pick New Chancellor http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-regents-pick-new-chancellor/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-regents-pick-new-chancellor/ State News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 8:38:40 PM Associated Press Texas Regents Pick New Chancellor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor, overseeing the system's 15 campuses and $14 billion budget.

Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, has been credited with spearheading the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in Pakistan in 2011.

"Admiral McRaven is a nationally and internationally respected leader and a true American hero," Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster said after the unanimous vote to approve McRaven.

McRaven, 58, cannot be formally hired for 21 days. He would replace Francisco Cigarroa, the first Hispanic person to serve as Texas system chancellor, who is stepping down after five years.

Contract terms, including McRaven's salary, were not finalized, Foster said.

With nine academic and six health campuses, the Texas system has more than 215,000 students, about 90,000 employees. The chancellor's duties include representing the system in legislative matters, advocating higher education causes and raising money.

McRaven, who had previously announced his plans to retire in late August after 37 years in the military, would come to the chancellor's job with no professional academic experience. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and earned a master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Foster said the regents discussed McRaven's lack of higher education experience but decided he didn't need it. Foster said McRaven showed a "passion" for higher education and added that the regents decided "the chancellor's role was more one of management than academia."

What the regents will get, once McRaven's appointment is formalized in a final vote, is a military leader who since 2011 has commanded and overseen a 67,000-person, $10 billion operation and who has experience dealing with Congress and the White House.

McRaven, a four-star admiral, was also at the helm when Army Delta forces secured the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in May as part of an exchange for five Afghan detainees from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center.

The son of an Air Force pilot and grandson of an Army doctor, McRaven grew up in San Antonio.

"I thank the regents for their trust and confidence in my leadership, and I look forward to this extraordinary responsibility with enthusiasm and pride," McRaven said in a statement released by the board.

Cigarroa announced in February he would return to his previous career a pediatric transplant surgeon at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he was president for eight years before being name chancellor.

Cigarroa's tenure was notable for creation of the new University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, a merger of the campus in Brownsville and Edinburg, which will include a medical school, and a new medical school at the University of Texas at Austin.

It was also marked by tension between him and Austin flagship campus President Bill Powers, who also clashed with several regents. Powers recently agreed to step down in June 2015 under a warning from Cigarroa that he could be fired.

Cigarroa's clashes with Powers and the turmoil between the regents and lawmakers have created a volatile atmosphere for the new chancellor.

Prominent alumni and donors had rallied behind Powers, who also enjoyed considerable support from lawmakers who set public university budgets.

And in a recent hearing before a state House panel, Foster told state lawmakers he considered it "offensive" for lawmakers to try to directly influence personnel decisions such as the hiring and firing of campus presidents.

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, which includes many of the top donors and alumni who supported Powers and clashed with regents, applauded the selection of McRaven.

"McRaven is a proven leader with a strong backbone and the courage of his convictions who will stand up for what is right and in the best interests of the people of Texas," the coalition said in a statement.

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ID Pending on Body in Blanket, Dumped Near Houston http://www.kristv.com/news/id-pending-on-body-in-blanket-dumped-near-houston/ http://www.kristv.com/news/id-pending-on-body-in-blanket-dumped-near-houston/ State News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 7:01:42 AM ID Pending on Body in Blanket, Dumped Near Houston

HOUSTON (AP) - Investigators are trying to identify a body found wrapped in a blanket and dumped in some woods near Houston.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says a man walking along a bayou Monday afternoon noticed an odor and found the body.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Messages left Tuesday with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences weren't immediately returned.

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Tens of Thousands of Pot Plants Found http://www.kristv.com/news/tens-of-thousands-of-pot-plants-found/ http://www.kristv.com/news/tens-of-thousands-of-pot-plants-found/ State News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 6:04:35 AM Tens of Thousands of Pot Plants Found

TEXAS - It may be the biggest marijuana bust in Texas history.

Cops found 44,000 pot plants and counting in a Polk County field.

The discovery actually happened back on Saturday when a hunter stumbled across vast fields of what he called suspicious plants.

This was in Goodrich, Texas off I-35.

The hunter called police and they've had their hands full ever since.

That includes this morning, as they're still continuing to search for more plants using helicopters and officers on foot, they've spotted 16 more fields that could also be pot.

They're uprooting the thousands of plants from 10 different fields.

Already there's one suspect in custody.

 


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Deadly Car Wreck Sparks House Fire http://www.kristv.com/news/deadly-car-wreck-sparks-house-fire/ http://www.kristv.com/news/deadly-car-wreck-sparks-house-fire/ State News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 8:44:53 AM Deadly Car Wreck Sparks House Fire

HOUSTON (AP) - A driver has died in a Houston-area car wreck that started an unoccupied house on fire.

The Harris County Constable's Office says the driver allegedly ran a stop sign early Monday, the car clipped a parked vehicle and then plowed into the house. The car burst into flames and set the home on fire.

Authorities say the driver died at the scene. Further details on the person weren't immediately released.

Investigators believe the homeowners are on vacation and the residence in northwest Harris County was empty during the accident.

Firefighters extinguished the two-alarm blaze that also spread to a tree. Officials didn't immediately release a damage estimate.

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Teenager Stabbed To Death http://www.kristv.com/news/teenager-stabbed-to-death/ http://www.kristv.com/news/teenager-stabbed-to-death/ State News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 5:13:36 AM Teenager Stabbed To Death

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - West Texas police say a teenager has died and a person has been injured in a stabbing near Abilene Christian University.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge says a 19-year-old was killed early Sunday morning at a housing complex near the university. He says another man was stabbed and is expected to recover.

Police did not release the men's names or say if they were students.

Standridge says police have identified a suspect and have obtained a capital murder warrant.

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Texan Pleads Guilty in Oil, Gas Investment Scam http://www.kristv.com/news/texan-pleads-guilty-in-oil-gas-investment-scam/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texan-pleads-guilty-in-oil-gas-investment-scam/ State News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 7:21:36 AM Texan Pleads Guilty in Oil, Gas Investment Scam

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas man faces up to 20 years in prison in an oil and gas Ponzi scheme that attracted nearly $6 million in investments before he fled to Oregon.

Jeffrey Watts of Fort Worth pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud.

The 41-year-old Watts was charged in March and arrested in May in Eugene, Oregon. He faces sentencing later this year in Fort Worth.

Investigators say Watts since 2011 ran a scheme to defraud oil and gas investors. He presented himself as founder of a company named Blue Alpha Energy and claimed making investments with another legitimate firm, but instead funneled the money to sham accounts and businesses.

Prosecutors say Watts received nearly $5.8 million from about 45 investors before several learned that no legitimate energy deals existed.

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House Committee Scrutinizing Texas Foster Care http://www.kristv.com/news/house-committee-scrutinizing-texas-foster-care/ http://www.kristv.com/news/house-committee-scrutinizing-texas-foster-care/ State News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 5:47:52 AM Associated Press House Committee Scrutinizing Texas Foster Care

AUSTIN (AP) - A legislative committee examining ways to better-protect youngsters in Texas foster care will convene for the first time since two foster children drowned over July Fourth weekend.

The House Select Committee on Child Protection meets Thursday in Austin.

The state's 17,000-child foster system has been under scrutiny since seven children died of abuse or neglect in fiscal year 2013. This year, only one such youngster has died. But officials are still investigating two siblings, ages 4 and 6, who drowned July 6 in Lake Georgetown.

The hearing is the fifth of its kind this year on foster care and the Department of Family and Protective Services.

A recent outside review found that child protective caseworkers statewide only spend 26 percent of their job meeting with youngsters and families.

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Bizarre Charge: Peeing On Candy http://www.kristv.com/news/bizarre-charge-peeing-on-candy/ http://www.kristv.com/news/bizarre-charge-peeing-on-candy/ State News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 4:38:48 AM Bizarre Charge: Peeing On Candy

HOUSTON - The Houston Police Department has released new details regarding a bizarre incident involving a Manhattan real estate heir.

Robert Durst, once acquitted of murder in Galveston County, is now accused of urinating on a rack of candy at a Houston drug store.

Houston police were called to a CVS around 12:15 p.m. Sunday. The manager reported that a man, who he recognized a regular customer, had exposed himself and then urinated on a cash register and candy before walking away from the store.

Police responded but Durst was gone by the time officers arrived at the scene. Police say they identified Durst after reviewing surveillance video.

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3 Adults, 1 Toddler Died in Car Wreck http://www.kristv.com/news/3-adults-1-toddler-died-in-car-wreck/ http://www.kristv.com/news/3-adults-1-toddler-died-in-car-wreck/ State News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 4:02:24 AM 3 Adults, 1 Toddler Died in Car Wreck

PERRYTON, Texas (AP) - Police say three adults and one toddler have died in a Texas Panhandle car wreck.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says two vehicles crashed on a highway about 25 miles south of the Oklahoma border Tuesday evening.

Police say the vehicles hit head-on and both caught fire after they landed in the ditch.

One driver, his wife and their 2-year-old daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. A 19-year-old passenger in the other vehicle was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the other driver was able to escape the vehicle before it caught fire. He was taken to the Ochiltree General Hospital in Perryton.

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Beretta Moving from Maryland to Tennessee http://www.kristv.com/news/beretta-moving-from-maryland-to-tennessee/ http://www.kristv.com/news/beretta-moving-from-maryland-to-tennessee/ State News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 6:03:34 PM Associated Press Beretta Moving from Maryland to Tennessee

ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) - Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.

The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015.

Beretta general manager Jeff Cooper said that a sweeping gun-control measure that was passed last year initially contained provisions that would have prohibited the Italian gun maker from being able to produce, store or even import into Maryland the products that the company sells around the world. While the legislation was changed to remove some of those provisions, Cooper said the possibility that such restrictions could be reinstated left the company worried about maintaining a firearm-making factory in Maryland.

"While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland product lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility," Cooper said in a news release announcing the move.

The company anticipates the plant in more gun-friendly Tennessee will involve a $45 million investment in building and equipment and employ about 300 people during the next five years. Beretta said it has no plans to relocate its office, administrative and executive support functions from Accokeek, Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley pushed for the legislation last year in response to the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The law, which went into effect last fall, includes a ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun magazines to 10 bullets. It also contains a variety of other provisions, including a licensing requirement for handgun purchasers to submit fingerprints to the state police.

"We're disappointed with this decision, but the common-sense gun safety law we passed, which includes licenses for handgun purchases, is keeping schools, communities and law enforcement personnel safe," said Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman.

Beretta has operated in Italy since 1526. The family-owned company makes a variety of firearms, ranging from hunting shotguns to pistols for the U.S. Armed Forces. Beretta started operations in Maryland in the late 1970s. The plant in Accokeek makes finished pistols from raw materials for the military, law enforcement, and civilian markets.

Beretta said the transition from Maryland to Tennessee will be managed so as not to disrupt deliveries to Beretta customers.

The company noted that production of the U.S. Armed Forces M9 9 mm Beretta pistol will continue at Accokeek until all current orders from the U.S. Armed Forces have been filled. Cooper said no Maryland employee will be impacted for many months, and the company will meet with employees to discuss their interest in taking a position in Tennessee.

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Large Explosion Destroys Home North of Houston http://www.kristv.com/news/large-explosion-destroys-home-north-of-houston/ http://www.kristv.com/news/large-explosion-destroys-home-north-of-houston/ State News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 7:01:07 AM Sara Donchey Large Explosion Destroys Home North of Houston

WILLIS (KRPC) - There appears to be nothing left of a home that Montgomery County officials confirms exploded early Tuesday morning.

Lifeflight dispatchers said as many as three injured patients were transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment.

They said at least one patient was in critical condition.

The explosion happened after fire broke out at the home on Mandy Lane near Rogers Road in the Willis area.

The house was shredded as pieces of wood and debris were scattered around. Neighbors reported hearing the explosion and feeling the boom around 5 a.m.

Brad Trentham lives about five miles away.

"I heard a loud boom. I went out to the living room, I thought a car hit the wall, the whole wall moved," he said.

He went outside to see what had happened, and he was shocked at what he saw.

"There was nothing in my yard, but a bunch of my other neighbors were outside with flashlights looking around," Trentham said.

 

 


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Man's Body Found Decomposing in Cornfield http://www.kristv.com/news/man-s-body-found-decomposing-in-cornfield/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-s-body-found-decomposing-in-cornfield/ State News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 5:00:24 AM Man's Body Found Decomposing in Cornfield

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a car in a cornfield.

The man was found Monday morning in the backseat of a small white sedan on the southwest side of the city. Police say the body was in the advanced stages of decomposition.

Police say they have identified the man based on information in the car but have not released his name.

Police say they haven't determined the cause of death or how the body came to be in the cornfield.

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Perry Sending National Guard to Texas Border http://www.kristv.com/news/perry-sending-national-guard-to-texas-border/ http://www.kristv.com/news/perry-sending-national-guard-to-texas-border/ State News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:23:07 AM Associated Press Perry Sending National Guard to Texas Border

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.

Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border crisis who is himself mulling a second presidential run, said the state has a responsibility to act after "lip service and empty promises" from Washington.

"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor," the governor said.

The deployment of National Guard troops, which may act in a law enforcement capacity under state authority, will cost Texas an estimated $12 million per month. They will simply be "referring and deterring" immigrants and not detaining people, Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said. But he added that the National Guard could take people into custody if need be.

"We think they'll come to us and say, 'Please take us to a Border Patrol station," Nichols said.

Messages seeking comment were left with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Perry bristled at suggestions from some Democratic state lawmakers and business groups that his move means Texas is militarizing is southern border.

Still, Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said he didn't know if troops would be coming to his part of the border and questioned what good they would do if they did.

"Those people are trained for warfare, not for law enforcement," said Lucio, whose county includes Brownsville. "I think the money would be better spent if they would give it to the local law enforcement that is close to the border."

More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents currently work in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, but Perry had repeatedly asked Obama to send the National Guard to the border amid an influx of immigrants.

Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers have entered the U.S. illegally - more than double compared to the same period a year earlier. Most have been from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, where rampant gang violence and intense poverty have driven tens of thousands of people outside their borders.

Obama administration officials have said that the flood has slowed in recent weeks, with Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley finding fewer than 500 children last week compared to as many as 2,000 a week last month.

Perry, though, said that, for years, the federal government failed to secure the border and suggested that criminal gangs could be exploiting the recent surge to make things worse. He said more than 200,000 criminals in the country illegally had been booked into Texas jails since 2008, many for drug-related offenses but also for homicides and sexual assaults.

As governor, Perry can deploy National Guard troops, but that means Texas has to pay for it. An order by Obama would have meant Washington paid. Still, Perry and other top Texas conservatives said they expect the federal government to eventually reimburse the state.

"Texans are willing to put the boots on the ground, but we expect Washington to foot the bill," said Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is favored to replace Perry in November.

Perry isn't seeking re-election but hasn't ruled out a 2016 presidential campaign after his short-lived 2012 run - and he's used the immigration issue to repeatedly hammer Obama for what he called inaction.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that Perry wanted to "make a symbolic statement to the people of Central America that the border is closed."

"He thinks that the best way to do that is to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border," Earnest said. "It seems to me that a much more powerful symbol would be the bipartisan passage of legislation that would actually make a historic investment in border security and send an additional 20,000 personnel to the border."

That refers to the U.S. Senate's passage of comprehensive immigration reform that stalled in the House. Earnest also said the White House hasn't received the kind of "formal communication" from Perry's office that usually accompanies such deployments.

The Texas Democratic Party accused Perry, who spent part of the weekend in Iowa, of "continuing his routine of photo-op politics to further his presidential aspirations" rather than seeking long-term border solutions.

Eduardo Campirano, chairman of the Rio South Texas Economic Council said "adding a military presence to our communities will only create an inaccurate image that our safe and viable border region in the Rio Grande Valley is dangerous."

President George W. Bush sent 6,000 National Guard troops to the border in 2006, and Obama eventually extended that deployment while ordering a second wave to Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico in 2010.

On previous border deployments, National Guard soldiers have served in support roles - administrative, intelligence gathering. Some troops already participate in counter-drug operations on the border, though they don't have arrest powers.

Perry had announced last month that Texas would give $1.3 million per week to the Department of Public Safety to assist in border security through at least the end of the year. He said the state has already spent $500 million on border security but "as all of the Texans who have fallen victim to the crime at the hands of these criminal aliens will attest to, the price of inaction is too high for Texans to pay."

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Sherman reported from McAllen, Texas. Associated Press Writer Nedra Picker in Washington contributed to this report.

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Grandfather Drowns While Swimming With Grandchildren http://www.kristv.com/news/grandfather-drowns-while-swimming-with-grandchildren/ http://www.kristv.com/news/grandfather-drowns-while-swimming-with-grandchildren/ State News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 4:33:18 AM Grandfather Drowns While Swimming With Grandchildren

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A Houston-area man drowned Sunday evening while swimming with his grandchildren in Galveston.

The Galveston County Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/Woh8SL ) police say the swimmer is 66-year-old Aleksandar Momcilovic of Pearland.

They say Momcilovic was on a boogie board with his grandchildren in the water off the seawall. His grandchildren noticed Momcilovic bobbing up and down with his fist on his chest and thought he was playing.

The grandchildren ran out of the water to get their mother when they realized he was unresponsive.

Police say Momcilovic was a good swimmer but had a history of medical issues. The exact cause of the drowning is unclear.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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Officials Say US-Israeli Soldier Killed in Gaza From Texas http://www.kristv.com/news/officials-say-us-israeli-soldier-killed-in-gaza-from-texas/ http://www.kristv.com/news/officials-say-us-israeli-soldier-killed-in-gaza-from-texas/ State News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 4:29:44 AM Officials Say US-Israeli Soldier Killed in Gaza From Texas

HOUSTON (AP) - The Israeli Consulate in Houston says an Israeli-American citizen from Texas has been killed during fighting in Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces issued a statement Sunday saying 21-year-old Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli was killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Deputy Consul General Maya Kadosh says Carmeli was from South Padre Island, Texas, and moved to Israel four year ago. Kadosh says the consulate helped Carmeli's family get a flight to Israel Sunday.

Carmeli was among 13 Israeli soldiers and 65 Palestinians killed Sunday during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Rabbi Asher Hect of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley says he has been a friend of the family for years. He says Carmeli joined the Israeli army after high school.

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Karnes County Detention Center to House Immigrant Families http://www.kristv.com/news/karnes-county-detention-center-to-house-immigrant-families/ http://www.kristv.com/news/karnes-county-detention-center-to-house-immigrant-families/ State News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 5:21:22 PM Karnes County Detention Center to House Immigrant Families

KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is converting a South Texas detention center for male immigrants to instead house women who entered the United State illegally with their children.

In a statement Friday, ICE said it had modified its contract for the Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Karnes City to begin holding families in expedited removal proceedings. They are expected to begin arriving in several weeks.

Illegal immigration in South Texas has surged in recent months, especially children travelling alone and parents bringing their children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Lacking family detention centers, the government has been releasing so-called "family units" with notices to appear before immigration authorities when they arrive at their destinations.

Karnes City is about 50 miles southeast of San Antonio.

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Texas Search Group Says It Will Resume Drone Use http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-search-group-says-it-will-resume-drone-use/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-search-group-says-it-will-resume-drone-use/ State News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 5:19:52 PM Associated Press Texas Search Group Says It Will Resume Drone Use

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation says it will resume using drones in its work after an appeals court ruled a warning the group received to stop using them didn't have any legal consequences.

Texas EquuSearch had sued the Federal Aviation Administration, seeking to overturn what the group described as an order sent in February by email prohibiting the nonprofit organization from using drones.

A three-judge panel for a federal appeals court Washington, D.C., on Friday dismissed the lawsuit, ruling it can't review the case because the email didn't represent the FAA's final conclusion on the use of drones. Final rules on drone use are expected next year.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the agency would issue a statement on the ruling later Friday.

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Killer of Medical Student in Houston Loses Appeal http://www.kristv.com/news/killer-of-medical-student-in-houston-loses-appeal/ http://www.kristv.com/news/killer-of-medical-student-in-houston-loses-appeal/ State News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:25:31 AM Killer of Medical Student in Houston Loses Appeal

HOUSTON (AP) - A 33-year-old Houston man sent to death row for abducting and killing a medical student who was returning a movie to a video store near the Houston medical center 14 years ago has lost a federal court appeal.

Attorneys for Perry Williams had argued to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he had deficient legal help at his trial for the slaying of 22-year-old Matthew Carter.

Williams testified at his trial that Carter begged for his life before he shot the victim in the head. Court documents show Williams contended the slaying was accidental as Carter tried to flee from the car. Prosecutors said the shooting was intentional.

Evidence showed Williams and three accomplices split $40 they took from Carter.

Williams doesn't yet have an execution date.

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Waitress Accused of Drugging Customer, Stealing Credit Cards http://www.kristv.com/news/waitress-accused-of-drugging-customer-stealing-credit-cards/ http://www.kristv.com/news/waitress-accused-of-drugging-customer-stealing-credit-cards/ State News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 3:50:07 AM Waitress Accused of Drugging Customer, Stealing Credit Cards

HOUSTON (KPRC) Dish Society is a trendy new restaurant in the 5700 block of San Felipe, not far from The Galleria area. A waitress who worked at the restaurant is now under investigation by the Houston Police Department, accused of stealing two customers' credit cards and going on a shopping spree at Target and I-Hop.

One customer claims before the theft, something was slipped into her drink -- something that made her dizzy and vomit.

Dish Society's owner, Aaron Lyons, told Local 2 surveillance video from inside the restaurant shows the waitress slip the stolen credit cards into her apron. He said he notified police as soon as he learned about the incident.

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