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Posted: Dec 19, 2013 2:30 AM

Updated: Dec 19, 2013 2:31 AM

PENITAS, Texas (AP) The U.S. Border Patrol continues testing aerostats along the Texas-Mexico border that were originally used for surveillance by the Department of Defense. The Border Patrol plans to demonstrate the helium-filled balloons, which are outfitted with cameras and sensors, to mediatoday in Penitas, about 15 miles west of McAllen. An aerostat tethered 2,500 feet above the ground can easily made out the make, model and color of vehicles a couple of miles away. Many of the devices were previously used in Iraq and Afghanistan to provide security around bases.

(Information in the following story is from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The family of a San Antonio police officer shot in the head by fleeing robbery suspects says there is nothing more doctors can do. The family of 31-year-old Robert Deckard says it was time to begin letting him go. They are proud he was doing what he loved, protecting citizens, when he was wounded Dec. 8. Police arrested 28-year-old Jenevieve Ramos and 32-year-old Shawn Ruiz Puente in the shooting, which occurred during a high-speed chase on Dec. 8.

(Information in the following story is from: Waco Tribune-Herald, http://www.wacotrib.com)

WACO, Texas (AP) Authorities say a McLennan County sheriff's lieutenant has been shot in the leg by a kidnapping suspect near the campus of Baylor University. Authorities say Lieutenant Johnny Spillman was shot during an exchange of gunfire near campus yesterday afternoon. Twenty-five-year-old Michael Alvarado was arrested in the shooting.

(Information in the following story is from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com)

CONROE, Texas (AP) Public health officials in East Texas say an illness that may have sickened at least eight people, including four deaths, has been attributed in one case to the H1N1 virus. Montgomery County Hospital District and Public Health District officials say none of the four patients who died had received a flu shot, which protects against the H1N1 virus. Among the others, two patients tested negative for all flu viruses and one was diagnosed with H1N1.

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