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Two Hurt when Vintage Plane Crashes near Airport

BRECKENRIDGE (AP) – Authorities say two people were injured, one critically, when a Korean War-era plane crashed and its fuselage broke apart in West Texas. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says preliminary information indicates the single-engine Hawker Sea Fury lost power as it came in to land Tuesday morning at Stephens County Airport in Breckenridge, about 90 miles west of Fort Worth. Lunsford says the fuselage broke apart on impact. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Fred Biddle says the plane was on a test flight when it crash-landed about 1 mile from the airport. Biddle says one person was critically hurt, but didn’t say if that was the pilot or passenger. Both were taken to a Fort Worth hospital.

Prisoner Set to Die This Week Loses Two Appeals

HUNTSVILLE (AP) – Texas’ highest criminal court and a federal judge have refused to stop this week’s scheduled execution of the convicted killer of a woman in San Antonio in 2004. Taichin Preyor is set for lethal injection Thursday in Huntsville for killing 24-year-old Jami Tackett during a break-in at her apartment. Tackett is described in court documents as a drug dealer and the 46-year-old Preyor as a customer and dealer. Preyor’s attorneys contend his trial lawyers didn’t properly investigate and tell jurors about his abusive childhood and that an earlier inexperienced appeals attorney relied on a disbarred lawyer for guidance. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and U.S. District Judge Fred Biery in San Antonio rejected their appeals. Preyor’s attorneys said Tuesday they’re appealing to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Senate Votes to Compile Data on Complications from Abortions

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Senate has again voted to require hospitals and clinics to report complications from abortions performed statewide, and have health officials produce an annual report compiling that data. The proposal won preliminary approval late Monday 22-9 after lengthy debate. The Senate and state House both passed rules mandating reporting on abortion complications during the regular legislative session that ended in May. But those ultimately stalled. Gov. Greg Abbott revived the issue for the 30-day special session. Republican Sen. Donna Campbell’s bill mandates that doctors report complications within 72 hours, and gives facilities 30 days to report them to the state. Complications from abortion are rare. But conservatives say spotty reporting may be to blame. Democrats call the bill unnecessary, noting that pulling wisdom teeth results in far more complications.

Texas Activist Targeted, Beaten Amid “Bathroom Bill” Debate

AUSTIN (AP) – Police say a Texas transgender activist beaten in a carjacking was targeted because of her gender identity, further raising tensions as state lawmakers advance revived legislation critics call an anti-LGBT “bathroom bill.” Court documents filed Monday show 17-year-old Rayshad Deloach and his 26-year-old brother, Raymond, are charged with beating and pulling a gun on Stephanie Martinez before stealing her car in Austin last week. Raymond Deloach told police the brothers targeted Martinez because she was transgender. Martinez has vocally opposed a bill requiring transgender Texans to use public restrooms according to their birth-certificate gender that’s nearing passage in the Senate. It failed during Texas’ regular legislative session but was revived for an ongoing special session. The day after her attack, Martinez testified against the bill before a Texas Senate committee.

Smugglers Offer Crammed Big Rigs as “VIP Treatment” to US

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The gruesome discovery of a tractor-trailer full of dozens of dead and suffocating people outside a San Antonio Walmart this week drives home an unsettling truth: Smuggling people inside boxes not meant for animals works. Ten people died and dozens more were found suffering inside the trailer Sunday. The striking similarities with the discovery of 19 dead bodies in 2003 in a tractor-trailer that stopped in Victoria, Texas, shows that smugglers are relying on a durable business model. It involves carrying large groups – often in big rigs – in an elaborate network of foot guides, safe house operators and drivers. Tractor-trailers emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s amid a surge of U.S. border enforcement in San Diego and El Paso, Texas.

Tractor-Trailer Survivor Says Truck Had No Ventilation

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A Mexican laborer says he heard people crying and asking for water before he lost consciousness in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Texas Walmart. Adan Lara Vega says he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the U.S. would include air conditioning. But the 27-year-old told The Associated Press exclusively that he and his friends got into the back of the tractor-trailer with no ventilation. Vega spoke from a San Antonio hospital bed Monday. Vega says he boarded the rig in Laredo, Texas, after waiting nearly two weeks in a safe house. He says he was hoping for a construction job. Ten people found inside the tractor-trailer early Sunday died.

Fiancee: Driver in Truck Trafficking Case Helped People

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A long-haul truck driver charged in the deaths of 10 immigrants found inside his sweltering tractor-trailer called his fiancee Sunday from a jail more than 1,000 miles from home and briefly described the gruesome events. Darnisha Rose says James Matthew Bradley Jr., who she called a generous person, claimed he had no idea how so many people came to be crammed inside his trailer in the Texas heat. The 60-year-old Bradley, a diabetic whose criminal history includes a conviction in a felony domestic violence case, told Rose that he’d stopped his truck at a San Antonio Walmart and went inside to use the bathroom. He claimed that when he returned to his truck, he noticed the trailer rocking back and forth. He said he’d heard nothing before that.… Read More

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Two Hurt when Vintage Plane Crashes near Airport

Posted/updated on: July 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm

BRECKENRIDGE (AP) – Authorities say two people were injured, one critically, when a Korean War-era plane crashed and its fuselage broke apart in West Texas. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says preliminary information indicates the single-engine Hawker Sea Fury lost power as it came in to land Tuesday morning at Stephens County Airport in Breckenridge, about 90 miles west of Fort Worth. Lunsford says the fuselage broke apart on impact. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Fred Biddle says the plane was on a test flight when it crash-landed about 1 mile from the airport. Biddle says one person was critically hurt, but didn’t say if that was the pilot or passenger. Both were taken to a Fort Worth hospital.

Prisoner Set to Die This Week Loses Two Appeals

Posted/updated on: July 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm

HUNTSVILLE (AP) – Texas’ highest criminal court and a federal judge have refused to stop this week’s scheduled execution of the convicted killer of a woman in San Antonio in 2004. Taichin Preyor is set for lethal injection Thursday in Huntsville for killing 24-year-old Jami Tackett during a break-in at her apartment. Tackett is described in court documents as a drug dealer and the 46-year-old Preyor as a customer and dealer. Preyor’s attorneys contend his trial lawyers didn’t properly investigate and tell jurors about his abusive childhood and that an earlier inexperienced appeals attorney relied on a disbarred lawyer for guidance. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and U.S. District Judge Fred Biery in San Antonio rejected their appeals. Preyor’s attorneys said Tuesday they’re appealing to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Senate Votes to Compile Data on Complications from Abortions

Posted/updated on: July 25, 2017 at 11:12 am

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Senate has again voted to require hospitals and clinics to report complications from abortions performed statewide, and have health officials produce an annual report compiling that data. The proposal won preliminary approval late Monday 22-9 after lengthy debate. The Senate and state House both passed rules mandating reporting on abortion complications during the regular legislative session that ended in May. But those ultimately stalled. Gov. Greg Abbott revived the issue for the 30-day special session. Republican Sen. Donna Campbell’s bill mandates that doctors report complications within 72 hours, and gives facilities 30 days to report them to the state. Complications from abortion are rare. But conservatives say spotty reporting may be to blame. Democrats call the bill unnecessary, noting that pulling wisdom teeth results in far more complications.

Texas Activist Targeted, Beaten Amid “Bathroom Bill” Debate

Posted/updated on: July 25, 2017 at 11:12 am

AUSTIN (AP) – Police say a Texas transgender activist beaten in a carjacking was targeted because of her gender identity, further raising tensions as state lawmakers advance revived legislation critics call an anti-LGBT “bathroom bill.” Court documents filed Monday show 17-year-old Rayshad Deloach and his 26-year-old brother, Raymond, are charged with beating and pulling a gun on Stephanie Martinez before stealing her car in Austin last week. Raymond Deloach told police the brothers targeted Martinez because she was transgender. Martinez has vocally opposed a bill requiring transgender Texans to use public restrooms according to their birth-certificate gender that’s nearing passage in the Senate. It failed during Texas’ regular legislative session but was revived for an ongoing special session. The day after her attack, Martinez testified against the bill before a Texas Senate committee.

Smugglers Offer Crammed Big Rigs as “VIP Treatment” to US

Posted/updated on: July 25, 2017 at 11:13 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The gruesome discovery of a tractor-trailer full of dozens of dead and suffocating people outside a San Antonio Walmart this week drives home an unsettling truth: Smuggling people inside boxes not meant for animals works. Ten people died and dozens more were found suffering inside the trailer Sunday. The striking similarities with the discovery of 19 dead bodies in 2003 in a tractor-trailer that stopped in Victoria, Texas, shows that smugglers are relying on a durable business model. It involves carrying large groups – often in big rigs – in an elaborate network of foot guides, safe house operators and drivers. Tractor-trailers emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s amid a surge of U.S. border enforcement in San Diego and El Paso, Texas.

Tractor-Trailer Survivor Says Truck Had No Ventilation

Posted/updated on: July 25, 2017 at 11:13 am

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A Mexican laborer says he heard people crying and asking for water before he lost consciousness in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Texas Walmart. Adan Lara Vega says he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the U.S. would include air conditioning. But the 27-year-old told The Associated Press exclusively that he and his friends got into the back of the tractor-trailer with no ventilation. Vega spoke from a San Antonio hospital bed Monday. Vega says he boarded the rig in Laredo, Texas, after waiting nearly two weeks in a safe house. He says he was hoping for a construction job. Ten people found inside the tractor-trailer early Sunday died.

Fiancee: Driver in Truck Trafficking Case Helped People

Posted/updated on: July 25, 2017 at 11:14 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A long-haul truck driver charged in the deaths of 10 immigrants found inside his sweltering tractor-trailer called his fiancee Sunday from a jail more than 1,000 miles from home and briefly described the gruesome events. Darnisha Rose says James Matthew Bradley Jr., who she called a generous person, claimed he had no idea how so many people came to be crammed inside his trailer in the Texas heat. The 60-year-old Bradley, a diabetic whose criminal history includes a conviction in a felony domestic violence case, told Rose that he’d stopped his truck at a San Antonio Walmart and went inside to use the bathroom. He claimed that when he returned to his truck, he noticed the trailer rocking back and forth. He said he’d heard nothing before that.… Read More

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