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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 2:54 AM

Updated: Dec 9, 2012 2:54 AM


Snow possible in Texas with artic front Sunday

HOUSTON (AP) After flirting with or setting record high temperatures so far in December, winter is arriving in Texas with a vengeance.

Forecasts even are calling for some areas of the state to get snow.

The National Weather Service on Saturday said a strong cold front is bringing the coldest air of the season to the South Plains Sunday and then dash through much of the state by the start of the week.

Light snow with accumulations of up to an inch was possible for Parmer, Castro and Bailey counties along the Texas-New Mexico border west of Lubbock.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, where temperatures Saturday were in the 70s, there's a chance a dusting of snow with some minor accumulations,


Cowboy charged after player dies in auto accident

IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after a one-vehicle accident that killed linebacker Jerry Brown, a member of the team's practice squad.

Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the Dallas suburb. Argumaniz says Brent was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once.

Argumaniz says Brown was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead at a hospital.

The police spokesman says officers conducted a field sobriety test on Brent and arrested him. The charge was upgraded after Brown was pronounced dead.

The Cowboys didn't immediately respond to an email request for comment. The two players were teammates at the University of Illinois from 2007 to 2009. Brent had a prior arrest and was convicted for DUI at UI-Champaigne.


Cowboys' Scandrick on IR; defensive lineman added

IRVING, Texas (AP) The Cowboys have placed cornerback Orlando Scandrick on season-ending injured reserve and signed defensive tackle Rob Callaway off the practice squad.

The addition of Callaway came after nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested on an intoxication manslaughter charge Saturday in the death of teammate Jerry Brown in a car accident. Brown, a linebacker, was on the practice squad.

Police in the Dallas suburb of Irving say Brent was speeding when the vehicle struck a curb and flipped. He wasn't in Cincinnati for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Scandrick, the primary defensive back in nickel coverage, injured his left hand and wrist in the Thanksgiving loss to Washington and later had surgery.

Callaway signed as undrafted free agent with Detroit two years ago, and the Cowboys picked him up last season.


1 dead, 3 wounded at teen's birthday party

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

SAN ANTONIO (AP) One person is dead and three more wounded after gunfire erupted at a teenager's birthday party south of San Antonio in Bexar (bayr) County.

Sheriff's deputies tell the San Antonio Express-News the shootings occurred after 3 a.m. Saturday as a man tried to break a fight involving two women. Another man who may be the boyfriend of one of the women fatally shot the man trying to break up the fight.

Bexar Sheriff's Sergeant Raymond Pollard says the gunman fired again toward the house, hitting a 13-year-old girl in the head and person another in the shoulder. The third injured person was hit in the head with the weapon.

Names of the people involved were not immediately released.

The gunman fled and is being sought.


At least 13 die in clashes in northern Mexico

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) Mexican authorities say gunmen rampaged through a town in the northern border state of Chihuahua, killing at least six people, including a child.

State prosecutors say the attack happened late Friday in the town of Guadalupe y Calvo. They say six bodies were found in three different neighborhoods. A house also was burned.

In the Mexican border state of Coahuila, officials say seven suspected organized crime members died during two clashes with the military early Saturday.

Four were killed when marines fought with an armed group before dawn in the town of Morelos. Three others died minutes later in a battle between army special forces soldiers and gunmen 37 miles to the north (60 kilometers) in the border town of Piedras Negras, which is next to Eagle Pass, Texas.


Travel trailer fire kills Southeast Texas boy, 3

(Information in the following story is from: KTRK-TV, http://abclocal.go.com)

MAGNOLIA, Texas (AP) A 3-year-old Southeast Texas boy has died in a fire in a travel trailer.

The Montgomery County fire marshal's office identified the victim of the Saturday morning blaze west of Magnolia as Dakota Myers. His body was found in a back room.

A 10-year-old cousin also in the mobile home was able to flee. He and another adult have been treated for smoke inhalation.

An assistant fire marshal, Scott Burlin, tells Houston TV station KTRK relatives and neighbors and then firefighters tried to reach the child's room but the flames were too intense.

Cause for the blaze hasn't been determined yet but authorities say the place did not have working smoke detectors.

Magnolia is about 40 miles northwest of Houston.


Murder charge dropped; man free after year in jail

(Information in the following story is from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) A 47-year-old man is free after more than a year in jail awaiting trial on a murder charge that prosecutors now have dropped.

Trial was scheduled in another week for Patric Fairs, who was accused of strangling his 33-year-old girlfriend, Philise Lateria Estes, in 2006 at their home in Round Rock, just north of Austin.

Williamson County court documents show prosecutors moved to dismiss the case "in the interest of justice pending further investigation."

Fairs walked out of jail Friday.

One of his lawyers says additional testing is needed on evidence and Fairs harbors no anger toward prosecutors. Prosecutors say results of testing could return the case to grand jurors.

Fairs played basketball for the University of Texas in the 1980s and later played in Australia.


Drugs, fraud, mental health top legislative issues

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) If the Texas Legislature is in session, there must be a fight about Medicaid going on.

The health care program for the disabled, the elderly poor and the impoverished raises hackles every two years, mostly because the number in need keeps rising alongside health care costs. Texas lawmakers also regularly underfund the joint state-federal program to pass a so-called balanced budget, creating a budget deficit when they return to Austin.

In the 2013 legislative session lawmakers must pass a supplemental spending bill to cover the $4.7 billion hole they left in 2011. The expense is non-negotiable since the federal government requires states to put in $1 to get about $2.

Failure to appropriate the money would shut down Texas Medicaid in March, leaving one in seven Texans without health care.


No timeline for ex-President Bush leaving hospital

HOUSTON (AP) Former President George H.W. Bush remains in stable condition more than two weeks after entering a Houston hospital for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough.

Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik (koh-VAH'-chik) said Saturday the 88-year-old Bush continues to improve, but doctors are being cautious with his care.

Kovacik says physicians have provided no timeline for when the 41st president will be discharged. Bush was admitted to the hospital the day after Thanksgiving. He had a weeklong stay for the same illness earlier in November.

Bush and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between their residences in Houston and Kennebunkport, Maine.


Manziel is first freshman Heisman Trophy winner

NEW YORK (AP) Texas A and M quarterback Johnny Manziel has won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first freshman to win college football's most prized individual award.

The redshirt freshman beat out Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.

A few days after turning 20, Manziel became the most inexperienced player to win the Heisman. Adrian Peterson had come closest as a freshman, finishing second to Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart in 2004.

Manziel is the second player from Texas A&M to win the Heisman, and first since John David Crow 1957.

Manziel broke 2010 Heisman winner Cam Netwon's Southeastern Conference record with 4,600 total yards this season, led the Aggies to a 10-2 in their first SEC season and orchestrated an upset at top-ranked Alabama in November.

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