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Posted: May 7, 2014 4:01 AM

Updated: May 7, 2014 4:01 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A man will serve life in prison for fatally shooting a man coming to his aid after he started a deadly chain collision. Thomas Lester Harper slammed an SUV into the rear of a pickup truck at an Arlington intersection in December 2011. Najee Nasir (nah-JEE' nah-SEER') died in the crash before Harper fatally shot Clarence Robinson as Robinson approached to help.

HOUSTON (AP) A vehicle involved in a traffic accident careened into a Houston-area Cadillac dealership, struck a row of Escalades and triggered a fire that destroyed six of the pricey SUVs. The dealership's general manager says the loss of the SUVs is about $700,000. Authorities say the two motorists involved in the initial wreck suffered non-life threatening injuries.

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) Texas prison inmates hoping to get married to someone who isn't locked up are out of luck under a recent law designed to combat fraud. Proxy marriages had been common for state prisoners because the Texas prison system doesn't allow marriages performed in prison. Prison officials say they're not changing the policy despite other states allowing prison chaplains to perform marriages.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Travis County court officials are requesting state money to revamp the way the indigent are defended in court. County leaders say a growing caseload is proving overwhelming for state and county judges who assign lawyers to cases, determine payment for work and conduct other related work. The current system benefits fewer than 10 percent of attorneys eligible to represent the indigent.

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