Posted: Oct 14, 2013 3:44 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2013 3:45 PM
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) A North Texas man convicted of fatally shooting his mother while she slept then draining her bank account has been sentence to life in prison without parole. Thomas Grady Layton of Granbury had been convicted of capital murder in the 2010 shooting of 64-year-old Grada Layton at her Plano home. Prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty against the 48-year-old, who investigators say was an only child who resented his mother and wanted more money.
DETROIT (AP) The Texas native who was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of Motown Records' artists during the Detroit label's 1960s heyday has died. Maxine Powell was 98. Motown Museum CEO Allen Rawls says Powell died Monday at a Michigan hospital. Powell directed the label's Artists Development Department, also known as "Motown's Finishing School." She guided many, including Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Jackson Five and the Supremes.
CHICAGO (AP) Houston-based Dynegy Inc. has received federal permission to buy five Illinois coal-fired plants from Ameren Corp. But the deal still hinges on a pollution-control waiver. Dynegy spokeswoman Katy Sullivan says federal approval is an important milestone, but the sale could unravel unless the company gets approval from the Illinois Pollution Control Board to delay installing soot-control equipment required by state rules.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A seven-member advisory panel to will help the University of Texas search for a new men's athletic director. Texas must replace longtime AD DeLoss Dodds, who is retiring in 2014 after 32 years. Texas has the nation's richest athletic department with an annual budget of nearly $170 million. The advisory group includes two current and regents, a former regent and a former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.