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Administration Cuts Space for Detaining Migrant Families

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2019 at 3:42 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s administration regularly complains about having to catch and release migrants. But at the same time, the administration has stopped using one of three family detention centers to hold parents and children. It also left almost 2,000 beds unused at the other two. Officials say they do not have the resources to transport migrants to the centers. Immigrant advocates accuse the administration of closing off family detention to further the perception of a crisis. They say the government acted for political reasons – to blame Democrats for refusing to change laws to allow for longer family detention and more deportations.


Ex-Texas Swimmer Sues over Allegedly Tainted Vitamins

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2019 at 3:58 pm

DALLAS (AP) — A world champion swimmer and former University of Texas athlete is suing a Dallas-based health company claiming that its multivitamins led to her suspension from international competition. Madisyn Cox sued Cooper Concepts on Monday in state court. She says the vitamins caused a failed drug test and a suspension handed down by the international swimming governing body. Last year, FINA suspended Cox after she tested positive for the stimulant trimetazidine. Cox was forced to miss several major events. Her lawsuit says Cox fought the suspension and eventually had a lab conduct testing. It found the banned substance in the Cooper vitamins she’d been taking. The company says it was “saddened and disappointed” for Cox and “immediately removed” the vitamins from its product line last year upon learning of the issue.


Four Sentenced for Using Helicopter for Sport Hunting in Texas

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2019 at 3:57 pm

LAREDO (AP) — A rancher and a pilot are among four men sentenced to one year of probation and fined for a 2017 South Texas trip using a helicopter to hunt and kill exotic animals. A federal judge in Laredo on Wednesday sentenced 36-year-old Cody Morganthaler of Oklahoma and three men from Laredo — 33-year-old Edelmiro Martinez, 39-year-old Eduardo Lopez and 56-year-old Inocente Sanchez. Prosecutors say Martinez owned Laredo Hunting Resort. Sanchez flies helicopters. Lopez helped organize the $12,000 hunt in which Morganthaler killed four antelope and sheep, on the ground and from the air. All pleaded guilty to violating federal law that bans using aircraft to shoot animals for sport or trophy hunting. Morganthaler, Martinez, and Lopez must pay $5,000 fines. The pilot was fined $2,500.


R.C. Slocum Named Interim Texas A&M Athletic Director

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm

COLLEGE STATION (AP) – Former Texas A&M football coach R.C. Slocum has been named the school’s interim athletic director. Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young announced the appointment in a statement Friday. The 74-year-old Slocum steps into the vacancy left by Scott Woodward, who resigned Thursday to take the LSU athletic director’s job. Slocum most recently has served as special assistant to Young. Slocum coached the Aggies from 1989 through the 2002 season, winning a school-record 143 games and never having a losing season. Under Slocum, the Aggies won four conference titles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2012. The Texas A&M statement said no deadline had been set for the hiring of a new athletic director.



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Administration Cuts Space for Detaining Migrant Families

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2019 at 3:42 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s administration regularly complains about having to catch and release migrants. But at the same time, the administration has stopped using one of three family detention centers to hold parents and children. It also left almost 2,000 beds unused at the other two. Officials say they do not have the resources to transport migrants to the centers. Immigrant advocates accuse the administration of closing off family detention to further the perception of a crisis. They say the government acted for political reasons – to blame Democrats for refusing to change laws to allow for longer family detention and more deportations.


Ex-Texas Swimmer Sues over Allegedly Tainted Vitamins

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2019 at 3:58 pm

DALLAS (AP) — A world champion swimmer and former University of Texas athlete is suing a Dallas-based health company claiming that its multivitamins led to her suspension from international competition. Madisyn Cox sued Cooper Concepts on Monday in state court. She says the vitamins caused a failed drug test and a suspension handed down by the international swimming governing body. Last year, FINA suspended Cox after she tested positive for the stimulant trimetazidine. Cox was forced to miss several major events. Her lawsuit says Cox fought the suspension and eventually had a lab conduct testing. It found the banned substance in the Cooper vitamins she’d been taking. The company says it was “saddened and disappointed” for Cox and “immediately removed” the vitamins from its product line last year upon learning of the issue.


Four Sentenced for Using Helicopter for Sport Hunting in Texas

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2019 at 3:57 pm

LAREDO (AP) — A rancher and a pilot are among four men sentenced to one year of probation and fined for a 2017 South Texas trip using a helicopter to hunt and kill exotic animals. A federal judge in Laredo on Wednesday sentenced 36-year-old Cody Morganthaler of Oklahoma and three men from Laredo — 33-year-old Edelmiro Martinez, 39-year-old Eduardo Lopez and 56-year-old Inocente Sanchez. Prosecutors say Martinez owned Laredo Hunting Resort. Sanchez flies helicopters. Lopez helped organize the $12,000 hunt in which Morganthaler killed four antelope and sheep, on the ground and from the air. All pleaded guilty to violating federal law that bans using aircraft to shoot animals for sport or trophy hunting. Morganthaler, Martinez, and Lopez must pay $5,000 fines. The pilot was fined $2,500.


R.C. Slocum Named Interim Texas A&M Athletic Director

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm

COLLEGE STATION (AP) – Former Texas A&M football coach R.C. Slocum has been named the school’s interim athletic director. Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young announced the appointment in a statement Friday. The 74-year-old Slocum steps into the vacancy left by Scott Woodward, who resigned Thursday to take the LSU athletic director’s job. Slocum most recently has served as special assistant to Young. Slocum coached the Aggies from 1989 through the 2002 season, winning a school-record 143 games and never having a losing season. Under Slocum, the Aggies won four conference titles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2012. The Texas A&M statement said no deadline had been set for the hiring of a new athletic director.



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