AUSTIN (AP) – Attorneys for nine people whom Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton blocked on Twitter say their clients can once again see the Republican’s posts. A lawsuit filed in Texas last month accused Paxton of blocking the nine after they criticized his policies. On Thursday, the ACLU and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University said their clients were no longer blocked. Courts have previously found that other government officials violated the First Amendment when they blocked critics to silence a viewpoint. Paxton’s office has not responded to requests for comment.
AUSTIN (AP) – The group that manages the grid that provides electric power to most of Texas assures that the grid will provide sufficient power to meet peak summer demand. In a Thursday statement, however, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it expects record-breaking demand for electric power that could mean tight reserve supply margins. ERCOT says it’s checking high-risk situations to prevent a recurrence of the February cold wave’s catastrophic grid collapse that left more than 100 dead. Many died of hypothermia or carbon monoxide poisoning. ERCOT also says it plans to inspect summer weatherization at selected power plants.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A police official in Texas says 29 people have been recovered from a big rig that was stopped near San Antonio, including one person who was taken to a hospital. Lt. Jesse Salame says a passerby called police to report a suspicious semitruck. An officer performed a traffic stop and as he was approaching the vehicle, the back door swung open and several people ran out. Police made contact with 29 of the people. One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for dehydration. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told KSAT-TV the stop is being investigated for possible human smuggling.
FORT WORTH (AP) – Prosecutors in Texas say they won’t seek the death penalty for a 78-year-old man arrested last year and accused of the 1974 abduction and slaying of a teen girl. The Tarrant County district attorney’s office said it had filed documents Thursday seeking life imprisonment without parole for Glen McCurley. He was arrested in September on a capital murder charge in the slaying of 17-year-old Carla Walker. Police had said the Fort Worth high school student was in a car with her boyfriend when a man pistol-whipped the boy and grabbed her. Walker’s body was found three days later.
AUSTIN (AP) – Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, has been found dead near the Austin campus. Police say officers responded to a call shortly after noon Thursday. Police did not detail how they found him, but said the death is not considered suspicious. No cause of death was immediately released. The 20-year-old had not played the last two seasons. Sam Ehlinger was drafted last week by the Indianapolis Colts. Their father, Ross, died in 2013 while competing in a San Francisco triathlon at age 46.