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Posted: Feb 24, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Feb 24, 2014 2:31 AM

(Information in the following story is from: The Beaumont Enterprise, http://beaumontenterprise.com)

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) This week marks 15 years since John William King was sentenced to die for the notorious Jasper dragging death but his punishment remains delayed in appeals. King was one of two white supremacists condemned for the slaying of James Byrd Jr. The 49-year-old black man was chained to the back of a pickup truck in 1998 and fatally dragged. King's case is before U.S. District Judge Richard Schell. King's attorney contends evidence showed King wasn't at the attack, that sandals with Byrd's blood didn't belong to King and that King had no intention of starting a racist group in Jasper.

(Information in the following story is from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com)

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) Authorities in the Texas Panhandle have seized more than $1 million in marijuana and arrested 11 people in six traffic stops this month. Department of Public Safety records show the seizures along Interstate 40 since Feb. 10 total about 615 pounds. None of the 11 people arrested is from the Panhandle area.

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

HOUSTON (AP) Houston city payroll records show almost 200 fire department employees over the past six years have collected checks of more than $100,000 when they retired or quit. The financial windfall known as termination pay includes payment for leave time not taken over the years. It's not illegal but the comes as Houston is suing the firefighter's pension fund to try to get negotiating power over future contributions. City officials also want to address a projected $8.5 million in unexpected fire department overtime.

(Information in the following story is from: The Eagle, http://www.theeagle.com)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Retired Texas Associated Press sports writer Denne Freeman has been inducted into the Texas A&M Former Journalism Students Association Hall of Honor. Freeman is a 1959 graduate of Texas A&M. He retired from the AP in 1999 as Dallas-based Texas sports editor after more than 30 years with the news cooperative.

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