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Posted: Jul 8, 2014 6:01 AM

Updated: Jul 8, 2014 6:01 AM

NEDERLAND, Texas (AP) A Southeast Texas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty in the shooting death of his mother. Joseph Garrett Arredondo pleaded guilty yesterday to capital murder in the fatal shooting of his mother. Hollie Ann Arredondo was shot six times in her Nederland apartment in April 2013.

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) Officials in Pflugerville say more than a million gallons of untreated sewage flowed into a creek after a power outage disabled a city wastewater treatment plant. City officials expect the spill to be cleaned up by this afternoon. Pflugerville spokeswoman Terri Waggoner says the city hasn't determined what caused the outage.

WASHINGTON (AP) A Republican National Committee panel will decide whether Dallas or Cleveland will host the Republican Party's 2016 presidential convention today. A recommendation could come as soon as this afternoon. The full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) has insisted the host city not leave the central party picking up the tab.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jury selection is set to begin in former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the widow of slain "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. Ventura alleges that Kyle defamed him in his best-selling book. Kyle describes a 2006 bar fight in which Kyle says he punched a man later identified as Ventura. Ventura says the fight never happened.

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