KILLEEN (AP) – A lawyer says the family of a missing soldier believes partial remains found in Central Texas are hers. Pfc. Vanessa Guillen was last seen April 22 at Fort Hood, where she was based. The U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command hasn’t officially identified the remains, which were found Tuesday. But Natalie Khawam, the Guillen family’s lawyer, said Wednesday that evidence connects the remains to the missing 20-year-old soldier. She didn’t specify the evidence. The Army says it has identified two suspects in Guillen’s disappearance, including a serviceman who killed himself early Wednesday and the civilian wife of a former Fort Hood soldier.
AUSTIN (AP) – Texas’ lieutenant governor is criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci as confirmed coronavirus cases in the state continue surging to record highs. Republican Dan Patrick said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday night that he doesn’t need Dr. Anthony Fauci’s advice anymore. Hours earlier, Texas reported that new infections skyrocketed to a single-day high of nearly 7,000 new cases and that hospitalizations continued soaring. Patrick has staunchly defended Texas’ reopening that was among the fastest in the nation. His newest comments were in response to Fauci telling senators Tuesday that he was concerned some states may be moving too fast.
DALLAS (AP) – Dallas police have announced a policy to release videos of police shootings and other incidents in which someone dies or is badly injured within three days. But it’s unclear whether the measure will lead to the prompt release of footage in all cases. Dallas police previously released video on a case-by-case basis. The department routinely withholds footage it says is exempt from public records law as part of an “ongoing investigation.” The policy announced Tuesday gives the police chief discretion over the release of video. A spokesman did not answer a question about how criminal cases will affect the policy.
HOUSTON (AP) – Houston area officials are criticizing a change in how local hospitals are reporting intensive care unit capacity during the coronavirus pandemic. But officials within the Texas Medical Center, a sprawling medical complex made up of Houston’s major hospitals, say the change was done to provide more accurate information and reassure the public that it was not running out of intensive care unit or ICU beds for patients. The change came after the medical center reported its normal intensive care unit, or ICU, capacity was at 100%. Officials with the medical center are reassuring the public and saying they have plenty of capacity.
AUSTIN (AP) – Austin City Limits has joined the ranks of major music festivals that have been canceled because of the coronavirus. Festival organizers said in a statement Wednesday that scrapping the three-day October event was “the only responsible solution.” The announcement comes as Texas reported a record daily high of nearly 7,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott urges people to stay home. The festival is one of the largest in the country. The Coachella music festival in California and Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee will also not take place this year.
HOUSTON (AP) – Prosecutors say the investigation of a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following a deadly 2019 drug raid has resulted in charges being filed against six ex-officers. They are accused of routinely using false information to get search warrants and of lying on police reports. The work of the narcotics unit has been under scrutiny following the January 2019 drug raid in which Dennis Tuttle, 59, and his wife, Rhogena Nicholas, 58, were killed. One officer had previously been charged with felony murder for the couple’s deaths. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg says the new charges were part of a pattern of crimes that eventually resulted in the deadly raid.
HOUSTON (AP) – The U.S. government said Wednesday that it should not have to release immigrant parents detained with their children – including some infants – even though a federal judge set a deadline for the children to be freed. Advocates warned that could lead to the renewed separation of families. In court papers, the Trump administration argued Judge Dolly Gee’s findings on Friday were “insufficient” to prove that it had to release all families from three detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Texas oil and gas company Sable Permian Resources has filed for bankruptcy. A news release says the company is seeking Chapter 11 protection in federal bankruptcy court in Houston. The Oklahoman reported Tuesday that Permian Resources was once part of American Energy Partners. That Oklahoma company was founded by Aubrey McClendon in 2013. American Energy announced it would close in 2016 and split up operations into separate companies, including Permian Resources. In 2017, it became Sable after the company reached a $1 billion deal with creditors to continue operating.