ARLINGTON (AP) – The city of Arlington will pay $850,000 to the family of an unarmed black college football player who was shot and killed by a white police officer responding to an August 2015 burglary call at a car dealership. An Arlington City Council report obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram indicates the payment will settle a claim filed by the family of 19-year-old Christian Taylor. Taylor was seen in security footage vandalizing cars at the dealership and then crashing a car into the showroom. He was shot by rookie officer Brad Miller, who claimed Taylor was advancing toward him. Police Chief Will Johnson fired Miller days later, saying he used poor judgment. A grand jury last June declined to indict Miller. Taylor played football at Angelo State University in San Angelo.
BROWNSVILLE (AP) – A convicted human smuggler from Mexico must serve nearly seven years in a U.S. prison over the 2015 death of an immigrant struck by a Coast Guard boat as she tried to reach Texas. Galdino Jose Ruiz-Hernandez of Oaxaca, Mexico, was sentenced Monday in Brownsville. The 38-year-old Ruiz-Hernandez was convicted of human smuggling leading to death. Ruiz-Hernandez received 80 months for smuggling and 24 months for illegally re-entering the U.S, with the sentences concurrent. The Mexican later faces deportation. Authorities say Ruiz-Hernandez was in the water guiding the woman through the Brownsville Ship Channel when she was hit by a Coast Guard patrol boat. Ruiz-Hernandez was arrested after reporting that a friend told him he saw a woman’s body in the channel. Officials later determined Ruiz-Hernandez was the smuggler.
GALVESTON (AP) – A Southeast Texas man says he and his family had left a memorial service for his mother and were en route to a cemetery to bury her when he learned an unknown body was found in the family plot. Mike Lamb told The Galveston County Daily News a headstone has been in place for decades marking the plot as the burial site for his mother, who died May 11. Lamb says about 200 people were heading toward Mainland Memorial Cemetery near Galveston when the family learned of the problem. The body of Marguerite Jules Lamb was returned to the funeral home in the interim.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Trump administration has filed court papers in an effort to have a judge reconsider his ruling blocking the president’s order to cut funding from “sanctuary cities” that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice asked U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick on Monday for permission to file documents asking the judge to reconsider or clarify his ruling in light of a new memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The memo reasserts the department’s position that Trump’s executive order applies to a relatively small amount of money. Orrick rejected that argument in a ruling in April that blocked the executive order.… Read More
AUSTIN (AP) – Texas lawmakers are reviving efforts to prohibit coverage of abortion by some health insurance plans with just a week left to deliver the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The Texas Senate on Monday night once again sent the measure back to the House, where the original bill never received a vote. A similar effort also collapsed in 2015. The proposal bars health insurance plans offered through the Obama administration’s health care law from covering abortions unless supplemental coverage is purchased. Opponents call it another effort by Texas Republicans to make abortion less accessible. Texas never established health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, but state policies are offered via federal exchanges. Twenty-five states already restrict abortion coverage in plans purchased through exchanges. The legislature adjourns May 29.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nearly three hundred pounds of marijuana seized by police in Tennessee from the vehicle of a Texas father and son has led to the pair being charged. WSMV-TV reports Tomball, Texas residents 53-year-old David Smith and 26-year-old Steven Smith were arrested on Monday. Nashville police say the Smiths were transporting 270 pounds (122.47 kilograms) marijuana in a camper pulled by a pickup truck. The men have been charged with marijuana possession for resale. It’s unclear if they have lawyers.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is touting the roles of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as central to the country’s national defense and economic development goals. Perry said Monday that he will fight to keep jobs and boost funding for the 17 national laboratories such as Oak Ridge and other Department of Energy facilities. The secretary’s comments appeared at odds with President Donald Trump’s budget priorities released in March that outlined $900 million in cuts to the department’s Office of Science, which oversees 10 national labs including Oak Ridge. Perry, a former Texas governor, likened the budget proposal to an opening offer that he expects to see significantly changed in Congress. In Perry’s words: “This is not my first rodeo when it comes budgeting.”
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a stabbing suspect who was fatally shot during a pursuit in northwestern Arizona. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials on Monday announced that 41-year-old David Jay Juarez of Texas died at the scene of the May 14 shooting in the Kingman area. Juarez’s hometown wasn’t immediately released. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office says Juarez stabbed two people before fleeing in a pickup truck. Sheriff’s officials asked DPS for assistance with the pursuit if it reached Interstate 40. Authorities say Juarez made erratic lane changes and then a U-turn and was driving the wrong way on I-40 before a Kingman police officer and a DPS trooper fired shots at the suspect. DPS says it is conducting both an administrative and criminal investigation of the incident.