US Border Patrol rescues 2 men from Texas heat
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have rescued two men near the Texas border who were in danger because of extreme heat.
Agents say that on Sunday they rescued a man who was abandoned by a human smuggler and got lost in the brush near La Grulla. He called 911 and Starr County dispatchers told agents where to find him. They dropped water and took him to another location to be treated for dehydration.
On Monday, 911 dispatchers in Brooks County told agents where to find a man who was in distress. Agents used a search-and-rescue K-9 to find the man, who was severely dehydrated.
Border patrol agents say that since Oct. 1, agents from the Rio Valley Grande Sector have rescued more than 300 people who had medical issues while trying to cross the border.
Famed two-headed turtle dies at San Antonio Zoo
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio Zoo officials say Thelma and Louise, a two-headed turtle that drew broad attention and had her own Facebook page, has died.
Officials said Tuesday in a release that Thelma and Louise was just over a year old.
They say the turtle, named for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning movie, had been doing well but in recent months had stopped growing. The cause of death is not clear.
Thelma and Louise's two heads made her stand out, but officials say the trait is not uncommon for turtles and snakes.
A recent birthday included cards created by hundreds of children.
The zoo is no stranger to two-headed reptiles. The facility was home to a two-headed Texas rat snake named Janus from 1978 until the creature's death to 1995.
Man gets death for Houston-area officer's death
HOUSTON (AP) - A jury has returned a death sentence for a man convicted of capital murder in the deaths of a Houston-area police officer and an auto body shop owner.
The Harris County jury deliberated about 12 hours over two days before reaching its sentence Tuesday for 23-year-old Harlem Lewis III.
The jury found Lewis guilty last week of capital murder in the Christmas Eve killings two years ago of Bellaire police Officer Jimmie Norman and auto body shop owner Terry Taylor.
Defense attorneys had warned jurors that, as attorney Tyronne Moncriffe said, "killing puts a stain on you." He told jurors, "You don't have to put that stain on yourself."
Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, a figure that's up 14 points since May.
Fifty-one percent of Americans support changing U.S. law so that all children apprehended when entering the country illegally are treated the same as those from Mexico or Canada, who can be sent back to their home countries by Border Patrol agents without going through a deportation hearing.
More than 57,000 unaccompanied immigrant children have entered the U.S. illegally since October, drawing the nation's attention back to immigration.
Attempts last year and earlier this year to pass comprehensive immigration reform foundered. But a majority of Americans still say they support a path to citizenship for those already living in the U.S. illegally.
Lawmakers: Is beefed-up border security worth it?
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A legislative panel is questioning what Texas will ultimately have to show for the $4.2 million per week it's spending on beefed-up border security amid a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children.
Gov. Rick Perry is deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border at a weekly cost of $3 million. The state was already spending an additional $1.2 million weekly on border security.
Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw told a Texas House hearing Tuesday in Austin that while children aren't criminals, they're crossing the border with smuggling gangs.
McCraw says federal authorities have been overwhelmed, causing other crime to spike.
But committee Democrats wondered what would constitute success, since Texas is trying to stop crime and illegal border crossings that were common before the current immigration spike.
Texas bingo operators win suit to lobby lawmakers
HOUSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court ruling allows charitable bingo operators to use proceeds from their games to lobby Texas lawmakers on a variety of issues, including gambling.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling strikes down a provision of the Texas Bingo Enabling Act, on the books for more than three decades. The ruling late Monday says the law violates free speech rights of nonprofit organizations that hold bingo licenses.
About a dozen AMVETS and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, Elks lodges and other nonprofit groups from around the state filed suit in 2010 against the Texas Lottery Commission and its commissioners.
The suit contended for-profit gambling interests like horse and dog racing firms were allowed to use revenues "to influence the political process" but nonprofit groups were not.
US bars Kurdish oil from entering Texas port
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered the seizure of a vessel carrying about 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude oil about 60 miles off the Galveston coast.
The order follows a complaint filed by the Iraqi government, claiming the oil was smuggled out of Kurdistan without its permission. The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) have squabbled over oil rights for years.
Amid a Sunni military offensive in Iraq, the Kurds have pushed into disputed territories including the oil-rich area of Kirkuk, fueling a decades-old dream of independence.
An Iraqi Oil Ministry spokesman says the government welcomes the judge's order.
The U.S. has discouraged companies from buying oil directly from the Kurds In an effort to support Iraq's fragile central government.
MISSING BOATERS-COAST GUARD
Coast Guard finds missing boaters off Texas shore
HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it has found a missing charter boat with four people aboard about 40 miles off the Texas coast.
A Coast Guard air crew spotted the boat Tuesday morning in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials say all four people are in good condition and have had food and water.
Family members of the missing boaters had reported them missing to the Coast Guard on Monday night after waiting many hours for them to return.
The charter boat left Galveston Yacht Basin and was headed toward Clay Pile Bank early Monday.
New law speeds closure of troubled charter schools
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The number of troubled charter schools that are forced to close is accelerating because of a new state law that makes it easier to shutter poorly performing ones.
The Texas Education Agency has revoked the license of five charter schools since February. The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1tWKanq ) that three others, including one co-founded by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, have appeals pending.
If the three appeals are unsuccessful, it would result in the most revocations of a charter's license in a single year.
A recent ruling by a state appeals court determined the TEA can still revoke the license of a school while court action is pending.
The law enacted last year requires the TEA to close charters after three consecutive years of poor academic or financial performance.
CASS COUNTY-OFFICER SHOOTING
Texas deputy injured in fatal shooting of suspect
BLOOMBURG, Texas (AP) - An East Texas sheriff's deputy was trying to serve assault warrants issued more than 500 miles away in Ward County when he fatally shot the suspect.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said Deputy Johnny Bailey continues to recover from minor injuries suffered in the incident near Bloomburg.
Cass County Chief Deputy Roy Barker says Bailey was treated for unspecified injuries following Sunday's shooting that left Charles Alver Jones Jr. dead. Autopsy results are pending. Jones was from the Bloomburg area.
Barker says Bailey was trying to serve warrants for assault with a deadly weapon and for an assault-related family violence charge. The charges involved alleged incidents in the Monahans area. Further details weren't immediately available Tuesday.
Bailey remains on paid administrative leave amid the investigation.
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