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San Antonio Police Fatally Shoot Man at Downtown Hotel

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Officers responding to a report of a suspicious person armed with a gun have shot and killed a man at a downtown San Antonio hotel. Bike patrol and other officers encountered the man early Tuesday on the seventh floor of an Embassy Suites. Lt. Ricky Lopez told the San Antonio Express-News that officers confronted the man and the situation escalated, resulting in officers firing on the man. It’s not clear what happened to prompt police to shoot, and authorities have not said whether the man was in fact armed. The investigation into the matter continues. The incident drew a heavy police presence downtown, with some blocks closed to traffic. No other details have been made available.

Judge Tosses GOP Challenge to 2018 Democratic Slate

DALLAS (AP) – A state district judge in Dallas has dismissed as frivolous a lawsuit the Dallas County Republican Party had filed to strike more than 80 Democrats from the November general election ballot. State District Judge Eric Moye tossed out the lawsuit filed before the March 6 primaries, seeking to disqualify 127 Democratic candidates because county Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Donovan didn’t sign the candidate applications. The lawsuit, filed by Dallas County GOP Chairwoman Missy Shorey, contends the signature is required to certify the candidates for election. The Democratic Party argued the lawsuit was a GOP attempt “to suppress the rights of voters.” Shorey, however, said it’s pointless to have a state election code “if the laws don’t apply to the Democrats.” She said there’s been no decision on appealing.

Minnesota Woman Suspected in 2 Killings Waives Extradition

BROWNSVILLE (AP) – It will be first come, first served for two states wanting to take custody of a Minnesota woman who is suspected in two killings. Lois Riess waived extradition Monday before a judge in Brownsville, Texas. The 56-year-old fugitive was the subject of a national hunt after her husband, David Riess, was found fatally shot last month at their home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. Authorities believe Lois Riess fled to Florida and killed Pamela Hutchinson to assume her identity. Hutchinson was found dead with gunshot wounds earlier this month in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Minnesota and Florida have 10 days to move Riess. The first state to send their authorities to retrieve her will get her.

Concert Promoter Sentenced for $1.7 Million Fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A concert promoter who bilked investors, performers and other promoters out of at least $1.7 million has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison. Gabriel Reed was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles. He pleaded guilty last fall to wire fraud. Reed, a former Malibu resident who now lives in McKinney, Texas, ran a company that promised to set up rock concerts and wrestling events using celebrities and musicians Reed claimed to know. Prosecutors say Reed even created phony artist contracts, bank statements and other documents to convince investors. But prosecutors say the concerts either didn’t take place, didn’t feature the celebrities or were cancelled, leaving musicians and promoters to face angry fans while Reed spent the money on himself.

Ex-Texas Official Questions Teen’s Harvard Acceptance

AUSTIN (AP) – A former Texas education official has tweeted at a biracial teen accepted to Harvard University asking if he was admitted based “on merit or quota.” The Dallas Morning News reports that former Texas Board of Education member George Clayton replied Friday to Drake Johnson’s tweet announcing he will be attending the Ivy League school. Clayton tweeted at the Marina, California, teen, “Congrats. Were you admitted on merit or quota?” Johnson responded with his accomplishments, including being valedictorian of his high school. Johnson says he wanted to “civilly defuse the situation” and clearly show he was accepted on merit. Johnson’s mother, Jeanie Johnson, says Clayton’s tweet was racist. On Monday, Clayton apologized on Twitter for his comments and said they were “totally wrong and hugely insensitive.”

Spokesman: George HW Bush is Eager to Get Well, Go to Maine

HOUSTON (AP) – A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is eager to get well so he can get to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Jim McGrath says the 93-year-old Bush is “the most goal-oriented person on this planet.” Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara. McGrath said Monday that Bush is “responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.” McGrath says he was admitted Sunday morning to Houston Methodist Hospital after an infection spread to his blood. He wouldn’t elaborate on the 41st president’s condition Monday night, saying updates will be issued “as events warrant.” Bush uses a wheelchair and an electric scooter for mobility after developing a form of Parkinson’s disease. Barbara Bush was laid to rest Saturday.

Parole Board, Appeals Court Won’t Stop Wednesday Execution

HUNTSVILLE (AP) – The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously has refused a clemency request from a Texas prisoner set for execution this week for the shooting deaths of a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother at a home in Fort Worth a decade ago. The six-member panel rejected convicted killer Erick Davila’s request for a 30-day reprieve from his scheduled Wednesday lethal injection and also refused to recommend his death sentence be commuted to life. Also Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow his attorneys to file a new appeal focusing on claims that Tarrant County prosecutors improperly withheld some evidence from Davila’s trial lawyers. That issue also is among several in an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court for the 31-year-old former Fort Worth street gang member.

Judge Asked to Reject Pipeline Protester’s Evidence Request

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to reject a request for evidence to be returned to a New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury in an explosion while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Prosecutors contend authorities properly obtained the shrapnel and clothing from Sophia Wilansky while she was hospitalized following her November 2016 injury. They also say the evidence could be key to a criminal investigation into the violent clash. Police maintain the explosion that injured Wilansky was caused by a propane canister demonstrators rigged to explode. Protesters contend it was caused by a police concussion grenade. Wilansky hopes having the shrapnel and clothing will bolster a civil rights lawsuit she plans to file. U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright has scheduled a May 24 hearing on the evidence dispute. The pipeline was built by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

Dems’ Chances May Rest on Flipping GOP Strongholds in Cities

DALLAS (AP) – If Republicans lose control of the House, the swing may be built on wins in places where until recently Democrats couldn’t even muster credible candidates, but which have slowly become younger, more diverse and well-educated. Now considered battlegrounds are exclusive Dallas and Houston neighborhoods, the oceanfront condos in Miami’s South Beach and the mountain-flanked California home of Ronald Reagan’s presidential library. Also possibly in play are a district north of Milwaukee that’s backed a Democrat for Congress just once since World War II, and one near Cincinnati that’s been Republican since native son William Howard Taft became president in 1909. The GOP remains strong in rural areas and among seniors, but may be slipping with women and college-educated voters – which could lead to surprises in the unlikeliest of places.

Houston Police: Woman Sets Car on Fire with Children Inside

HOUSTON (AP) – Authorities in Houston have taken a woman into custody after witnesses reported she set her car on fire as she sat inside with her three children. Houston police say 31-year-old Ana Segovia was at a car wash Sunday evening when she began repeatedly revving the engine to the point that it caught fire. Witnesses intervened and rescued Segovia’s three daughters, ages 9, 11 and 13. Witnesses told investigators that at one point she said, “We’re going to see Jesus.” She left on foot with the children but was later detained by a Harris County deputy constable. Segovia is charged with aggravated assault on a family member. A mental health evaluation is pending. The children are with relatives.Online records don’t indicate an attorney for Segovia.

Houston Woman Who Refused to Loan Phone Killed, Suspect Held

HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston man has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a woman after police say she refused to let him use her cellphone. Harris County records show 28-year-old Dondrick Flagg was being held without bond Monday. Flagg is charged in Saturday night’s slaying of 29-year-old Tiffany McKnight in the parking lot of her Houston apartment complex. McKnight returned home and was parking when Flagg approached and asked to use her cellphone. Police say McKnight refused, Flagg dragged her from her car, they struggled and he shot her. McKnight died at the scene. Officers located Flagg nearby, chased him and say he discarded a weapon before being caught. Police spokesman Keese Smith had no immediate additional details Monday. Court records didn’t list an attorney representing Flagg.

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San Antonio Police Fatally Shoot Man at Downtown Hotel

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 8:42 am

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Officers responding to a report of a suspicious person armed with a gun have shot and killed a man at a downtown San Antonio hotel. Bike patrol and other officers encountered the man early Tuesday on the seventh floor of an Embassy Suites. Lt. Ricky Lopez told the San Antonio Express-News that officers confronted the man and the situation escalated, resulting in officers firing on the man. It’s not clear what happened to prompt police to shoot, and authorities have not said whether the man was in fact armed. The investigation into the matter continues. The incident drew a heavy police presence downtown, with some blocks closed to traffic. No other details have been made available.

Judge Tosses GOP Challenge to 2018 Democratic Slate

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

DALLAS (AP) – A state district judge in Dallas has dismissed as frivolous a lawsuit the Dallas County Republican Party had filed to strike more than 80 Democrats from the November general election ballot. State District Judge Eric Moye tossed out the lawsuit filed before the March 6 primaries, seeking to disqualify 127 Democratic candidates because county Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Donovan didn’t sign the candidate applications. The lawsuit, filed by Dallas County GOP Chairwoman Missy Shorey, contends the signature is required to certify the candidates for election. The Democratic Party argued the lawsuit was a GOP attempt “to suppress the rights of voters.” Shorey, however, said it’s pointless to have a state election code “if the laws don’t apply to the Democrats.” She said there’s been no decision on appealing.

Minnesota Woman Suspected in 2 Killings Waives Extradition

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

BROWNSVILLE (AP) – It will be first come, first served for two states wanting to take custody of a Minnesota woman who is suspected in two killings. Lois Riess waived extradition Monday before a judge in Brownsville, Texas. The 56-year-old fugitive was the subject of a national hunt after her husband, David Riess, was found fatally shot last month at their home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. Authorities believe Lois Riess fled to Florida and killed Pamela Hutchinson to assume her identity. Hutchinson was found dead with gunshot wounds earlier this month in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Minnesota and Florida have 10 days to move Riess. The first state to send their authorities to retrieve her will get her.

Concert Promoter Sentenced for $1.7 Million Fraud

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A concert promoter who bilked investors, performers and other promoters out of at least $1.7 million has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison. Gabriel Reed was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles. He pleaded guilty last fall to wire fraud. Reed, a former Malibu resident who now lives in McKinney, Texas, ran a company that promised to set up rock concerts and wrestling events using celebrities and musicians Reed claimed to know. Prosecutors say Reed even created phony artist contracts, bank statements and other documents to convince investors. But prosecutors say the concerts either didn’t take place, didn’t feature the celebrities or were cancelled, leaving musicians and promoters to face angry fans while Reed spent the money on himself.

Ex-Texas Official Questions Teen’s Harvard Acceptance

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

AUSTIN (AP) – A former Texas education official has tweeted at a biracial teen accepted to Harvard University asking if he was admitted based “on merit or quota.” The Dallas Morning News reports that former Texas Board of Education member George Clayton replied Friday to Drake Johnson’s tweet announcing he will be attending the Ivy League school. Clayton tweeted at the Marina, California, teen, “Congrats. Were you admitted on merit or quota?” Johnson responded with his accomplishments, including being valedictorian of his high school. Johnson says he wanted to “civilly defuse the situation” and clearly show he was accepted on merit. Johnson’s mother, Jeanie Johnson, says Clayton’s tweet was racist. On Monday, Clayton apologized on Twitter for his comments and said they were “totally wrong and hugely insensitive.”

Spokesman: George HW Bush is Eager to Get Well, Go to Maine

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

HOUSTON (AP) – A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is eager to get well so he can get to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Jim McGrath says the 93-year-old Bush is “the most goal-oriented person on this planet.” Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara. McGrath said Monday that Bush is “responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.” McGrath says he was admitted Sunday morning to Houston Methodist Hospital after an infection spread to his blood. He wouldn’t elaborate on the 41st president’s condition Monday night, saying updates will be issued “as events warrant.” Bush uses a wheelchair and an electric scooter for mobility after developing a form of Parkinson’s disease. Barbara Bush was laid to rest Saturday.

Parole Board, Appeals Court Won’t Stop Wednesday Execution

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

HUNTSVILLE (AP) – The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously has refused a clemency request from a Texas prisoner set for execution this week for the shooting deaths of a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother at a home in Fort Worth a decade ago. The six-member panel rejected convicted killer Erick Davila’s request for a 30-day reprieve from his scheduled Wednesday lethal injection and also refused to recommend his death sentence be commuted to life. Also Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow his attorneys to file a new appeal focusing on claims that Tarrant County prosecutors improperly withheld some evidence from Davila’s trial lawyers. That issue also is among several in an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court for the 31-year-old former Fort Worth street gang member.

Judge Asked to Reject Pipeline Protester’s Evidence Request

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to reject a request for evidence to be returned to a New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury in an explosion while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Prosecutors contend authorities properly obtained the shrapnel and clothing from Sophia Wilansky while she was hospitalized following her November 2016 injury. They also say the evidence could be key to a criminal investigation into the violent clash. Police maintain the explosion that injured Wilansky was caused by a propane canister demonstrators rigged to explode. Protesters contend it was caused by a police concussion grenade. Wilansky hopes having the shrapnel and clothing will bolster a civil rights lawsuit she plans to file. U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright has scheduled a May 24 hearing on the evidence dispute. The pipeline was built by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

Dems’ Chances May Rest on Flipping GOP Strongholds in Cities

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

DALLAS (AP) – If Republicans lose control of the House, the swing may be built on wins in places where until recently Democrats couldn’t even muster credible candidates, but which have slowly become younger, more diverse and well-educated. Now considered battlegrounds are exclusive Dallas and Houston neighborhoods, the oceanfront condos in Miami’s South Beach and the mountain-flanked California home of Ronald Reagan’s presidential library. Also possibly in play are a district north of Milwaukee that’s backed a Democrat for Congress just once since World War II, and one near Cincinnati that’s been Republican since native son William Howard Taft became president in 1909. The GOP remains strong in rural areas and among seniors, but may be slipping with women and college-educated voters – which could lead to surprises in the unlikeliest of places.

Houston Police: Woman Sets Car on Fire with Children Inside

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Authorities in Houston have taken a woman into custody after witnesses reported she set her car on fire as she sat inside with her three children. Houston police say 31-year-old Ana Segovia was at a car wash Sunday evening when she began repeatedly revving the engine to the point that it caught fire. Witnesses intervened and rescued Segovia’s three daughters, ages 9, 11 and 13. Witnesses told investigators that at one point she said, “We’re going to see Jesus.” She left on foot with the children but was later detained by a Harris County deputy constable. Segovia is charged with aggravated assault on a family member. A mental health evaluation is pending. The children are with relatives.Online records don’t indicate an attorney for Segovia.

Houston Woman Who Refused to Loan Phone Killed, Suspect Held

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston man has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a woman after police say she refused to let him use her cellphone. Harris County records show 28-year-old Dondrick Flagg was being held without bond Monday. Flagg is charged in Saturday night’s slaying of 29-year-old Tiffany McKnight in the parking lot of her Houston apartment complex. McKnight returned home and was parking when Flagg approached and asked to use her cellphone. Police say McKnight refused, Flagg dragged her from her car, they struggled and he shot her. McKnight died at the scene. Officers located Flagg nearby, chased him and say he discarded a weapon before being caught. Police spokesman Keese Smith had no immediate additional details Monday. Court records didn’t list an attorney representing Flagg.

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