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Man Found Slain at Fort Worth Tax Preparation Business

FORT WORTH (AP) – Investigators say a man has been found shot to death at a tax preparation business in North Texas. Fort Worth police did not immediately announce any arrests in the slaying Tuesday morning. The gunfire happened at Flores Income Tax Services. MedStar EMS spokesman Matt Zavadsky says ambulance personnel were dispatched shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday to a mainly residential area, where the tax business is located. Zavadsky says ambulance personnel declared one man dead at the scene. No one else was hurt. Fort Worth police didn’t immediately provide additional details.

Experts: N.C. Case Unaffected by Texas Transgender Ruling

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legal experts say a ruling by a federal judge in Texas – that the Obama administration can’t force schools to allow transgender students to choose their bathrooms – won’t effect litigation over a North Carolina transgender bathroom law. Law professors Jane Wettach of Duke and Kari Hong of Boston College said Tuesday that Texas and North Carolina cases involve different parts of federal civil rights law. The U.S. Justice Department and others are challenging the North Carolina law, House Bill 2, which requires transgender people to use public restrooms matching their birth certificates instead of their gender identity. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder in Winston-Salem could rule soon. Opponents say the state law violates federal employment and education statutes. Supporters argue that it protects privacy and safety.

Body of Man, 87, Found Near Lake

TEMPLE (AP) – Police are trying to determine a cause of death for an elderly man whose body was found at the base of a more than 50-foot cliff near a Central Texas lake. Temple police on Tuesday identified the man as 87-year-old Robert James McClure of Belton. Autopsy results are pending. Police continue to investigate the circumstances of McClure’s death after his body was discovered Monday near Belton Lake. Officer Shawana Neely says some boaters spotted the body and called 911.

Texas 10 Most Wanted List Offender Captured in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A prison gang member on the Texas 10 Most Wanted list who served time for attacking a guard has been arrested on parole violation and kidnapping charges. The Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday announced Johnny Garcia of Kirby was captured in San Antonio. The 35-year-old Garcia was caught Friday at a residence. Records show Garcia’s criminal history includes convictions for assault, weapons offenses and drugs. Garcia in 2009 was convicted of assaulting a prison guard three years earlier. He was sentenced to eight years behind bars, then paroled in 2014. Investigators say Garcia was sought in Bexar County in a kidnapping case in which a female associate was abducted. Further details on that case weren’t immediately released. Garcia had been wanted since April.

Ex-School Finance Official Accused of $600K Theft

DALLAS (AP) – An ex-chief financial officer for a Dallas-area school district has been charged with stealing more than $600,000 from a vault. Prosecutors say 61-year-old Carolyn Foster of Lewisville was indicted for federal program theft from the Grand Prairie Independent School District. The time frame was October 2014 to July 2015. A Grand Prairie ISD statement Tuesday says two finance workers uncovered the alleged theft the day after Foster left the district, which has since changed the way it handles cash. Foster was arrested Monday as a contract worker for International Leadership of Texas in Richardson. A statement Tuesday from International Leadership says Foster was fired following her arrest. No attorney could immediately be located to speak for Foster, who’s free on bond. She faces a maximum 10-year prison term if convicted.

Texas Fines Testing Vendor $5.7M, Demands $15M in Upgrades

AUSTIN (AP) – Texas is fining the company that administers statewide standardized tests $5.7 million – and ordering it to invest $15 million in future safeguards – after computer glitches caused problems for students and school districts last academic year. Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Tuesday that the $5.7 million fine against New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service would cover damages from issues with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test. The company must spend the rest improving things like its online enrollment and testing, and exam scoring. Students must pass STAAR to advance to middle school and high school, and passing five standardized exams in core subjects is required to earn a high school diploma. Educational Testing Services won a 2015 contract worth $280 million to administer STAAR.

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Man Found Slain at Fort Worth Tax Preparation Business

Posted/updated on: August 24, 2016 at 2:40 am

FORT WORTH (AP) – Investigators say a man has been found shot to death at a tax preparation business in North Texas. Fort Worth police did not immediately announce any arrests in the slaying Tuesday morning. The gunfire happened at Flores Income Tax Services. MedStar EMS spokesman Matt Zavadsky says ambulance personnel were dispatched shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday to a mainly residential area, where the tax business is located. Zavadsky says ambulance personnel declared one man dead at the scene. No one else was hurt. Fort Worth police didn’t immediately provide additional details.

Experts: N.C. Case Unaffected by Texas Transgender Ruling

Posted/updated on: August 24, 2016 at 2:40 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legal experts say a ruling by a federal judge in Texas – that the Obama administration can’t force schools to allow transgender students to choose their bathrooms – won’t effect litigation over a North Carolina transgender bathroom law. Law professors Jane Wettach of Duke and Kari Hong of Boston College said Tuesday that Texas and North Carolina cases involve different parts of federal civil rights law. The U.S. Justice Department and others are challenging the North Carolina law, House Bill 2, which requires transgender people to use public restrooms matching their birth certificates instead of their gender identity. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder in Winston-Salem could rule soon. Opponents say the state law violates federal employment and education statutes. Supporters argue that it protects privacy and safety.

Body of Man, 87, Found Near Lake

Posted/updated on: August 24, 2016 at 2:40 am

TEMPLE (AP) – Police are trying to determine a cause of death for an elderly man whose body was found at the base of a more than 50-foot cliff near a Central Texas lake. Temple police on Tuesday identified the man as 87-year-old Robert James McClure of Belton. Autopsy results are pending. Police continue to investigate the circumstances of McClure’s death after his body was discovered Monday near Belton Lake. Officer Shawana Neely says some boaters spotted the body and called 911.

Texas 10 Most Wanted List Offender Captured in San Antonio

Posted/updated on: August 24, 2016 at 2:40 am

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A prison gang member on the Texas 10 Most Wanted list who served time for attacking a guard has been arrested on parole violation and kidnapping charges. The Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday announced Johnny Garcia of Kirby was captured in San Antonio. The 35-year-old Garcia was caught Friday at a residence. Records show Garcia’s criminal history includes convictions for assault, weapons offenses and drugs. Garcia in 2009 was convicted of assaulting a prison guard three years earlier. He was sentenced to eight years behind bars, then paroled in 2014. Investigators say Garcia was sought in Bexar County in a kidnapping case in which a female associate was abducted. Further details on that case weren’t immediately released. Garcia had been wanted since April.

Ex-School Finance Official Accused of $600K Theft

Posted/updated on: August 24, 2016 at 2:40 am

DALLAS (AP) – An ex-chief financial officer for a Dallas-area school district has been charged with stealing more than $600,000 from a vault. Prosecutors say 61-year-old Carolyn Foster of Lewisville was indicted for federal program theft from the Grand Prairie Independent School District. The time frame was October 2014 to July 2015. A Grand Prairie ISD statement Tuesday says two finance workers uncovered the alleged theft the day after Foster left the district, which has since changed the way it handles cash. Foster was arrested Monday as a contract worker for International Leadership of Texas in Richardson. A statement Tuesday from International Leadership says Foster was fired following her arrest. No attorney could immediately be located to speak for Foster, who’s free on bond. She faces a maximum 10-year prison term if convicted.

Texas Fines Testing Vendor $5.7M, Demands $15M in Upgrades

Posted/updated on: August 24, 2016 at 2:40 am

AUSTIN (AP) – Texas is fining the company that administers statewide standardized tests $5.7 million – and ordering it to invest $15 million in future safeguards – after computer glitches caused problems for students and school districts last academic year. Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Tuesday that the $5.7 million fine against New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service would cover damages from issues with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test. The company must spend the rest improving things like its online enrollment and testing, and exam scoring. Students must pass STAAR to advance to middle school and high school, and passing five standardized exams in core subjects is required to earn a high school diploma. Educational Testing Services won a 2015 contract worth $280 million to administer STAAR.

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