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Police: Woman’s Body Found at Garbage Facility in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) – Police say they are investigating after a woman’s body was found in a garbage facility in Houston. Houston police Sgt. Chris Hassig said that workers at the Waste Management transfer facility on Sam Houston Parkway were sifting through trash when they discovered the body. Hassig said that the workers initially thought the body was a mannequin. Authorities say there is no obvious cause of death and the woman has not been identified. Police are going through facility logs to try and figure out which truck may have dumped the woman’s body at the facility, and where the woman was brought from.

Towery, Who Won ’55 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, Dies

AUSTIN (AP) – Ken Towery, a small-town Texas journalist who won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting at the tiny Cuero Daily Record, has died. He was 93. Lennie Gilroy of Austin said his father-in-law died at an Austin assisted living center early Monday after a lengthy period of declining health. Towery won the Pulitzer for a series of articles exposing corruption at the Texas Veterans Land Board that helped imprison longtime Land Commissioner James Bascom Giles. Before joining the Cuero Record, Towery had served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines. He was captured by Japanese troops overrunning the island fortress Corregidor in 1942 and spent the next 3{ years as a prisoner of war.

Houston Warehouse Fire: Pesticides, Petroleum Additives Found in Runoff

HOUSTON (AP) – Authorities have concluded that pesticides and petroleum additives have entered the runoff from fire-fighting efforts at a Houston warehouse complex. A Houston Fire Department statement says environmental contractors were containing the petroleum additives Thursday at several points along Spring Branch Creek. But the pesticides are water-soluble and cannot be contained or removed from the creek’s waters. The fire department statement says the waters in the creeks and bayous nearby are still high because of recent heavy rains and floods. Officials expect that will help dilute the pesticides and minimize their effects. In the meantime, officials are warning the public to avoid the affected areas of Spring Branch Creek and ditches, canals and culverts until further notice.

Jury Convicts Ron Paul Aides of Campaign Finance Violations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP/Staff) – A federal jury in Iowa has convicted campaign advisers to 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul on charges they conspired to cover up campaign payments to a former state senator. Federal prosecutors say it is illegal to cause a campaign to file inaccurate spending documents. They’ve pursued charges since July 2015 when a grand jury first indicted the men.… Read More

Three-Vehicle Traffic Crash in Central Texas Claims Four Lives

TEAGUE (AP) – A three-vehicle traffic accident in Central Texas has left four people dead and another person hurt. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the wreck happened late Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 84 just east of Teague. DPS says 76-year-old Linda Nicholas Huffman, 78-year-old Janice Sartor Turner and 30-year-old Michael James Jackson died at the scene. DPS says 80-year-old Martha Brown Turner died at a hospital. Authorities say 25-year-old Joshua Bradley Thompson was treated and released from a hospital. DPS says Jackson was driving an eastbound car that hit an oncoming SUV driven by Huffman. The Turners were passengers in the SUV. A pickup truck driven by Thompson then hit debris in the roadway. All four people who died were from Teague, about 50 miles east of Waco.

Officer’s Rape Conviction Set Aside after Accuser Admits Lie

DALLAS (AP) – A former Fort Worth police officer who served 21 years of a life sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl has been freed after his accuser admitted that she lied during his trial when she said she’d never had sex before. Brian Franklin was released Thursday on $10,000 bail, but Tarrant County prosecutors say they’ll retry the 56-year-old man for assaulting the girl in her father’s backyard. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled last month that Franklin did not receive a fair trial in 1995. His accuser testified two years ago that she lied in part of her testimony, but the woman, now in her 30s, is standing by her accusation that Franklin raped her. The court said the perjured testimony also led others to give false testimony.

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Police: Woman’s Body Found at Garbage Facility in Houston

Posted/updated on: May 6, 2016 at 11:59 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Police say they are investigating after a woman’s body was found in a garbage facility in Houston. Houston police Sgt. Chris Hassig said that workers at the Waste Management transfer facility on Sam Houston Parkway were sifting through trash when they discovered the body. Hassig said that the workers initially thought the body was a mannequin. Authorities say there is no obvious cause of death and the woman has not been identified. Police are going through facility logs to try and figure out which truck may have dumped the woman’s body at the facility, and where the woman was brought from.

Towery, Who Won ’55 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, Dies

Posted/updated on: May 6, 2016 at 11:59 am

AUSTIN (AP) – Ken Towery, a small-town Texas journalist who won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting at the tiny Cuero Daily Record, has died. He was 93. Lennie Gilroy of Austin said his father-in-law died at an Austin assisted living center early Monday after a lengthy period of declining health. Towery won the Pulitzer for a series of articles exposing corruption at the Texas Veterans Land Board that helped imprison longtime Land Commissioner James Bascom Giles. Before joining the Cuero Record, Towery had served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines. He was captured by Japanese troops overrunning the island fortress Corregidor in 1942 and spent the next 3{ years as a prisoner of war.

Houston Warehouse Fire: Pesticides, Petroleum Additives Found in Runoff

Posted/updated on: May 6, 2016 at 12:11 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – Authorities have concluded that pesticides and petroleum additives have entered the runoff from fire-fighting efforts at a Houston warehouse complex. A Houston Fire Department statement says environmental contractors were containing the petroleum additives Thursday at several points along Spring Branch Creek. But the pesticides are water-soluble and cannot be contained or removed from the creek’s waters. The fire department statement says the waters in the creeks and bayous nearby are still high because of recent heavy rains and floods. Officials expect that will help dilute the pesticides and minimize their effects. In the meantime, officials are warning the public to avoid the affected areas of Spring Branch Creek and ditches, canals and culverts until further notice.

Jury Convicts Ron Paul Aides of Campaign Finance Violations

Posted/updated on: May 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP/Staff) – A federal jury in Iowa has convicted campaign advisers to 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul on charges they conspired to cover up campaign payments to a former state senator. Federal prosecutors say it is illegal to cause a campaign to file inaccurate spending documents. They’ve pursued charges since July 2015 when a grand jury first indicted the men.… Read More

Three-Vehicle Traffic Crash in Central Texas Claims Four Lives

Posted/updated on: May 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm

TEAGUE (AP) – A three-vehicle traffic accident in Central Texas has left four people dead and another person hurt. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the wreck happened late Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 84 just east of Teague. DPS says 76-year-old Linda Nicholas Huffman, 78-year-old Janice Sartor Turner and 30-year-old Michael James Jackson died at the scene. DPS says 80-year-old Martha Brown Turner died at a hospital. Authorities say 25-year-old Joshua Bradley Thompson was treated and released from a hospital. DPS says Jackson was driving an eastbound car that hit an oncoming SUV driven by Huffman. The Turners were passengers in the SUV. A pickup truck driven by Thompson then hit debris in the roadway. All four people who died were from Teague, about 50 miles east of Waco.

Officer’s Rape Conviction Set Aside after Accuser Admits Lie

Posted/updated on: May 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm

DALLAS (AP) – A former Fort Worth police officer who served 21 years of a life sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl has been freed after his accuser admitted that she lied during his trial when she said she’d never had sex before. Brian Franklin was released Thursday on $10,000 bail, but Tarrant County prosecutors say they’ll retry the 56-year-old man for assaulting the girl in her father’s backyard. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled last month that Franklin did not receive a fair trial in 1995. His accuser testified two years ago that she lied in part of her testimony, but the woman, now in her 30s, is standing by her accusation that Franklin raped her. The court said the perjured testimony also led others to give false testimony.

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