Posted: Mar 3, 2014 3:45 PM
Updated: Mar 3, 2014 3:45 PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The imminent primary elections will begin a major reshuffling of political power in Texas and could include surprises and runoffs. Tomorrow's statewide elections are considered competitive. That includes the one for lieutenant governor, where Republican David Dewhurst hasn't been able to separate from three prominent challengers. Cold weather and icy conditions tomorrow could make driving to the polls in the morning a bit difficult.
CONROE, Texas (AP) Prosecutors are trying to persuade a judge in Conroe (KAHN'-roh) that a man should face trial as an adult for a crime he's accused of committing at age 13. The cousin of 28-year-old Don Willburn Collins, who is accused of dousing a boy with gasoline as a teenager in 1998, says he confessed to her that he and another boy were responsible for the attack. Collins faces a murder charge in Robert Middleton's death. Authorities say he poured gasoline on Middleton and ignited him on Middleton's eighth birthday. Middleton survived but died in 2011 of skin cancer authorities blame on his burns.
DALLAS (AP) Interstate traffic in North and East Texas is moving slowly after sections were closed because of multiple accidents caused by icy conditions. That's according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Officials say the concern is the interstates refreezing as temperatures in North Texas are expected to fall into the 20s overnight. The hazardous driving could extend to the Austin and Houston areas as winter weather advisories have been issued from tonight into tomorrow.
WASHINGTON (AP) Two local governments' efforts to prevent some immigrants from renting apartments has been ended by the Supreme Court. The justices today declined to take up appeals from the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, Texas, or the city of Hazleton, Pa., of lower court rulings that blocked local ordinances regulating rental housing. Both were intended to keep people who are in the country illegally from finding housing in those jurisdictions.