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Crosses Part of Memorial for Texas School Shooting Victims

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

SANTA FE (AP) — Crosses and flowers are part of a memorial for 10 people slain this spring in a shooting at a Texas school. The Galveston County Daily News reports that dedication ceremonies were held Saturday at Maranatha Christian Center in Santa Fe, 30 miles southeast of Houston. About 40 people were present to remember those killed on May 18 at Santa Fe High School. A student was indicted in August and remains jailed on capital murder and other charges in the attack that also left 13 wounded. Pastor Alex Yovan says the memorial includes a landscaped pavilion that faces 10 white crosses with victims’ names. Donations from the church and businesses funded the memorial. Santa Fe Mayor Jason Tabor says the community is slowly healing “one moment at a time.”


Dallas Police Officer Critically Hurt when Hit at Wreck Site

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer has been critically hurt after investigators say he was hit by an SUV while placing flares on a highway following an unrelated traffic accident. The officer was struck shortly before dawn Sunday along westbound Interstate 20. The officer was transported to a hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition. Police say the 57-year-old SUV driver stopped and will be charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. Dallas police say the driver allegedly drove around a patrol car with its emergency lights on and struck the officer standing in the far right lane. Names of the officer and the suspect weren’t immediately released. Details on the original accident, described by police as a possible hit-and-run, weren’t immediately available.


Houston Company Recalls Salad with Chicken Products

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston company has recalled nearly 1,800 pounds of ready-to-eat salad with chicken products because a corn ingredient may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says GHSW recalled salads produced Oct. 1 through last Thursday, with “best by” or “best if sold” dates of Sunday or Monday. There are no reports of anyone getting sick. Salads with a “P-44056” USDA mark were shipped to Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The items include some products sold under the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s labels. Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Listeriosis can cause diarrhea, fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.


Non-Lawyer Represents Self in Texas Case, gets Life Term

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

BELTON (AP) — A Central Texas man who’s not a lawyer but insisted on representing himself in a 2016 custody and kidnapping case has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The Temple Daily Telegram reports 36-year-old Tutankhamun Holt of Kempner must serve 30 years before he’s eligible for parole. Jurors in Belton, 50 miles north of Austin, on Oct. 11 convicted Holt of aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors say a 7-year-old girl was abducted from her custodial father in November 2016 in Harker Heights. She was found safe, a day later, near Tuskegee, Alabama. Her mother, who allegedly was with Holt during the abduction, awaits trial. An attorney on standby to help, Michael White, says he told Holt the case was going badly. The defendant thought he’d win.


Official: 6 Shot Near Florida Stadium, Possibly Gang-Linked

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Six people have been wounded, some seriously, in what is being investigated as a possible gang-related shooting blocks from the NFL stadium in Florida where the Jacksonville Jaguars were hosting the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon. Ron Lendvay, director of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, said the shooting erupted near a laundromat at 12:35 p.m. Sunday and that five men and one woman ranging in age from their 20s to the 70s were rushed to the hospital. He reported no link to the game, which started at 1 p.m. and went on without incident. Speaking at an afternoon news briefing near the laundromat on a boulevard blocks away, Lendvay said, any fans parked near the shooting site were being escorted to their cars to retrieve them afterward and leave what he called an “active crime scene.” The Texans won their fourth consecutive game Sunday, defeating the Jaguars 20-7 to take a one-game lead in the AFC South at the stadium, TIAA Bank Field.


Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West Enter Country Music Hall of Fame

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:31 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs, singer Dottie West and fiddler Johnny Gimble are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The three artists were inducted Sunday at the Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in a ceremony featuring performances from Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Connie Smith and Dierks Bentley. West was the first woman to receive a Grammy for best female country performance in 1965 and Gimble, from Texas, was a skilled Western swing player who became an in-demand session musician. The Kentucky-bred Skaggs ended the night by playing a priceless mandolin owned by bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe that is normally held behind glass at the museum.


Texas Troopers to Ride Some School Buses for Safety Week

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas troopers will be riding in or following some school buses this week in an effort to make sure other drivers are obeying traffic laws related to transporting students. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the effort is part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs Monday through Friday. The Texas Education Agency reports more than 43,000 buses transport about 1.6 million children to school each day across the state. It’s illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal — either flashing red lights or a stop sign. Violators could face fines of up to $1,250. DPS figures show Texas troopers, since 2017, have issued 1,394 citations and 685 warnings for passing a stopped school bus.


Texas A&M Earns USDA Approval for Cottonseed Genetic Process

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

COLLEGE STATION (AP) — Scientists at Texas &M University have earned federal approval of a genetic process to unleash cottonseed as possibly one of the world’s leading sources of protein-rich food. The San Antonio Express-News reports the patent-pending process is known as “TAM66274.” The process this month won nonregulation status from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service. Officials with Texas A&M AgriLife Research say cottonseed possibly could become a food source for the world’s growing population, such as grinding seed into flour. Experts say it will take a couple of years before there’s enough seed for a commercial-scale run at a cottonseed oil mill. The Express-News reports an agreement will have to be reached with a seed company willing to market the trait for cotton farmers worldwide.



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Crosses Part of Memorial for Texas School Shooting Victims

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

SANTA FE (AP) — Crosses and flowers are part of a memorial for 10 people slain this spring in a shooting at a Texas school. The Galveston County Daily News reports that dedication ceremonies were held Saturday at Maranatha Christian Center in Santa Fe, 30 miles southeast of Houston. About 40 people were present to remember those killed on May 18 at Santa Fe High School. A student was indicted in August and remains jailed on capital murder and other charges in the attack that also left 13 wounded. Pastor Alex Yovan says the memorial includes a landscaped pavilion that faces 10 white crosses with victims’ names. Donations from the church and businesses funded the memorial. Santa Fe Mayor Jason Tabor says the community is slowly healing “one moment at a time.”


Dallas Police Officer Critically Hurt when Hit at Wreck Site

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer has been critically hurt after investigators say he was hit by an SUV while placing flares on a highway following an unrelated traffic accident. The officer was struck shortly before dawn Sunday along westbound Interstate 20. The officer was transported to a hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition. Police say the 57-year-old SUV driver stopped and will be charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. Dallas police say the driver allegedly drove around a patrol car with its emergency lights on and struck the officer standing in the far right lane. Names of the officer and the suspect weren’t immediately released. Details on the original accident, described by police as a possible hit-and-run, weren’t immediately available.


Houston Company Recalls Salad with Chicken Products

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston company has recalled nearly 1,800 pounds of ready-to-eat salad with chicken products because a corn ingredient may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says GHSW recalled salads produced Oct. 1 through last Thursday, with “best by” or “best if sold” dates of Sunday or Monday. There are no reports of anyone getting sick. Salads with a “P-44056” USDA mark were shipped to Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The items include some products sold under the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s labels. Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Listeriosis can cause diarrhea, fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.


Non-Lawyer Represents Self in Texas Case, gets Life Term

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

BELTON (AP) — A Central Texas man who’s not a lawyer but insisted on representing himself in a 2016 custody and kidnapping case has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The Temple Daily Telegram reports 36-year-old Tutankhamun Holt of Kempner must serve 30 years before he’s eligible for parole. Jurors in Belton, 50 miles north of Austin, on Oct. 11 convicted Holt of aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors say a 7-year-old girl was abducted from her custodial father in November 2016 in Harker Heights. She was found safe, a day later, near Tuskegee, Alabama. Her mother, who allegedly was with Holt during the abduction, awaits trial. An attorney on standby to help, Michael White, says he told Holt the case was going badly. The defendant thought he’d win.


Official: 6 Shot Near Florida Stadium, Possibly Gang-Linked

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Six people have been wounded, some seriously, in what is being investigated as a possible gang-related shooting blocks from the NFL stadium in Florida where the Jacksonville Jaguars were hosting the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon. Ron Lendvay, director of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, said the shooting erupted near a laundromat at 12:35 p.m. Sunday and that five men and one woman ranging in age from their 20s to the 70s were rushed to the hospital. He reported no link to the game, which started at 1 p.m. and went on without incident. Speaking at an afternoon news briefing near the laundromat on a boulevard blocks away, Lendvay said, any fans parked near the shooting site were being escorted to their cars to retrieve them afterward and leave what he called an “active crime scene.” The Texans won their fourth consecutive game Sunday, defeating the Jaguars 20-7 to take a one-game lead in the AFC South at the stadium, TIAA Bank Field.


Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West Enter Country Music Hall of Fame

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:31 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs, singer Dottie West and fiddler Johnny Gimble are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The three artists were inducted Sunday at the Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in a ceremony featuring performances from Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Connie Smith and Dierks Bentley. West was the first woman to receive a Grammy for best female country performance in 1965 and Gimble, from Texas, was a skilled Western swing player who became an in-demand session musician. The Kentucky-bred Skaggs ended the night by playing a priceless mandolin owned by bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe that is normally held behind glass at the museum.


Texas Troopers to Ride Some School Buses for Safety Week

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas troopers will be riding in or following some school buses this week in an effort to make sure other drivers are obeying traffic laws related to transporting students. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the effort is part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs Monday through Friday. The Texas Education Agency reports more than 43,000 buses transport about 1.6 million children to school each day across the state. It’s illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal — either flashing red lights or a stop sign. Violators could face fines of up to $1,250. DPS figures show Texas troopers, since 2017, have issued 1,394 citations and 685 warnings for passing a stopped school bus.


Texas A&M Earns USDA Approval for Cottonseed Genetic Process

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

COLLEGE STATION (AP) — Scientists at Texas &M University have earned federal approval of a genetic process to unleash cottonseed as possibly one of the world’s leading sources of protein-rich food. The San Antonio Express-News reports the patent-pending process is known as “TAM66274.” The process this month won nonregulation status from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service. Officials with Texas A&M AgriLife Research say cottonseed possibly could become a food source for the world’s growing population, such as grinding seed into flour. Experts say it will take a couple of years before there’s enough seed for a commercial-scale run at a cottonseed oil mill. The Express-News reports an agreement will have to be reached with a seed company willing to market the trait for cotton farmers worldwide.



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