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Posted: Oct 10, 2012 4:14 PM

Updated: Oct 10, 2012 4:14 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Witnesses say a man convicted of killing a North Texas pastor in his church strangled a mentally ill fellow Tarrant County Jail inmate to death. The testimony came as a Tarrant County jury heard testimony today in Fort Worth on whether 25-year-old Steven Nelson should receive the death penalty or serve life in prison without parole.

DALLAS (AP) A federal judge in Texas has sentenced a man to 23 years in prison and ordered him to pay $13 million in restitution over an investment scam he ran out of his home in California. Federal prosecutors said today that 37-year-old Bradley Stark, formerly of Riverside, California, was sentenced on seven counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud.

OWEGO, N.Y. (AP) A Texas company is drilling a vertical well to explore the potential of the Marcellus shale formation beneath New York State. Carizzo (kuh-REE'-zoh) Oil and Gas of Houston recently started digging its first well north of the Tioga County village of Owego. Horizontal high volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, isn't permitted in New York, but there are a dozen exploratory wells in the state.

HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) The Valley Morning Star in Harlingen has a new publisher and editor after the newspaper's recent sale to AIM Media Texas LLC. AIM Media Texas CEO Jeremy L. Halbreich announced today that Lilia Castillo Jones will take over as publisher and Marci Caltabiano-Ponce will be the editor of the Valley Morning Star.

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