Posted: Feb 10, 2013 3:06 AM
Updated: Feb 10, 2013 3:06 AM
GAS PLANT FIRE
1 killed, 1 hurt in explosion at Texas gas plant
(Information in the following story is from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com)
LA PORTE, Texas (AP) Authorities say one person has been killed and another seriously injured after a gas plant explosion in southeast Texas.
The Houston Chronicle reports that one employee was flown to a hospital after the incident Saturday morning in La Porte, 25 miles southeast of Houston. Another worker was missing.
The newspaper says crews found a body after searching for about 12 hours, but couldn't confirm the victim's identity Saturday night.
The explosion happened at the Air Liquide plant. The company's website describes itself as "the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment."
A spokeswoman says the facility houses a mix of industrial gases such as nitrogen and hydrogen that are used in the processing of food, beverages and electronics.
Authorities say air monitoring shows no dangerous substances.
Police release info on procession for SEAL sniper
MIDLOTHIAN, Texas (AP) Police have released details about the 200-mile procession planned for a former Navy SEAL sniper who was killed at a Texas shooting range.
In a news release Saturday, Midlothian Police Chief Carl Smith said the procession for Chris Kyle will begin at about 8 a.m. Tuesday at the local school district's multi-purpose stadium. It will end at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. The procession will take U.S. 297 to Interstate 35E.
Police say military personnel, first responders and the Patriot Guard will escort the procession.
Kyle earned a reputation as one of the military's most lethal snipers during four tours of duty in Iraq. His wartime account, "American Sniper," was a best-seller.
An Iraq War veteran is accused of fatally shooting Kyle and a friend on February 2nd.
MALL PARKING LOT-FATAL SHOOTING
1 dead in shooting in Tyler mall parking lot
TYLER, Texas (AP) Police say one man is dead and his alleged killer charged in the slaying after an argument in a Tyler mall spilled into the parking lot.
Tyler police spokesman Don Martin said 23-year-old Chris Mass of Tyler died Saturday morning outside the Broadway Square Mall.
Martin says a 25-year-old from Henderson, Ricky Neal Junior, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with first-degree murder.
Mass died, Martin said, after going to the parking lot with two other men who had argued with Neal inside the mall.
He said preliminary investigation shows that Mass died at the scene from two gunshot wounds to his chest and neck
Martin was not aware that Neal had an attorney yet.
The mall remained open after the shooting.
Teen accused in teacher death to stay in hospital
(Information in the following story is from: Tyler Morning Telegraph, http://www.tylerpaper.com)
TYLER, Texas (AP) The teenager accused of stabbing an East Texas high teacher to death in 2009 has been committed to a state hospital for one more year.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports that the commitment hearing in district court took place Friday morning.
Judge Christi Kennedy found the teen, now 19, incompetent to stand trial and ordered another year of commitment at Vernon State Hospital.
The teen is accused of killing special education teacher Todd Henry in September 2009 by stabbing him multiple times in his classroom at John Tyler High School.
Kennedy referenced a psychiatrist's report and a physician's certificate of mental health that said the teen is mentally ill and likely to cause "serious harm to others."
She also cited "recent issues" and "patterns of behavior."
A Texas-sized silence as immigration talks ramp up
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) With nearly 2 million illegal immigrants and a 1,200-mile border with Mexico, Texas has more at stake than most states in the renewed push to overhaul the nation's immigration system.
Yet so far, Governor Rick Perry and Republicans who control the Legislature have been sitting this debate out.
As President Barack Obama and Congress put immigration reform back on the table, there's been a silence from Texas Republicans who made illegal immigration a big part of their agenda just two years ago. When Perry delivered his State of the State recently, glaringly absent in the 37-minute speech was any mention of the issue.
Republicans say a shift nationally in how the party views immigration is trickling down to the states. The GOP is eager to attract more Hispanic voters.
TEXAS COURTHOUSE SHOOTING
Slain Texas prosecutor remembered for tough cases
TERRELL, Texas (AP) A Texas prosecutor gunned down outside his courthouse office last month is remembered for his zealousness in pursuing tough cases, love of flying and ability to tell stories.
Hundreds turned out Saturday to celebrate the life of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse (HA'-see) during a 90-minute memorial service inside a Terrell high school auditorium.
Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland spoke of Hasse's fearlessness and said the time for a "reckoning" will come soon.
No arrest has been made. The 57-year-old Hasse was shot multiple times January 31st while walking from his car in a parking lot about a block from the courthouse.
Hasse had been working in the county 33 miles southeast of Dallas for three years. He served as a prosecutor in Dallas during the 1980s.
TEXAS TECH-BILLION IN FUNDRAISING
Texas Tech reaches $1B in fundraising
(Information in the following story is from: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, http://www.lubbockonline.com)
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) The Texas Tech University System has reached the $1 billion fundraising mark in a campaign that began two years ago.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported Saturday that university Chancellor Kent Hance celebrated the mark along with school officials and others Friday, saying the goal was reached a year ahead of schedule and during a recession.
The system, which includes Texas Tech, the university's health sciences center and Angelo State University, launched the Texas Tech Vision and Tradition campaign in 2010. The fundraising campaign is ongoing.
Kelly Overley, the system's vice chancellor for institutional advancement, said the campaign's success is due to donors and to those who did the fundraising.
Reaching a $1 billion puts the university system in a small group. Fewer than 70 universities have raised $1 billion, the newspaper reported.
Panhandle church to host handgun license class
(Information in the following story is from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com)
DUMAS, Texas (AP) A Baptist church in the Texas Panhandle plans to host a concealed handgun class as a community service because there is so much interest in self-defense and protecting families.
The Reverend Brad Foster of Calvary Baptist Church in Dumas told the Amarillo Globe-News in Saturday's editions that a state-certified instructor will teach the 10-hour class in the fellowship hall March 2nd.
Foster says that two more classes are planned and that the church will continue to offer the classes as long as there is interest.
He said interest has come from more than church members as people from across the region have expressed interest.
More than half of those enrolled are women and many are teachers.
Foster said there has been little negative feedback about Calvary hosting the class.
LON MORRIS COLLEGE BANKRUPTCY
School district agrees to buy college's assets
JACKSONVILLE, Texas (AP) An East Texas school district has agreed to pay $1.53 million for the gymnasium, administration building and other assets of bankrupt Lon Morris College.
Superintendent Joe Wardell of the Jacksonville school district tells the Tyler Morning Telegraph that the assets, which include more than 50 acres of land, have a value of about $6.8 million.
Lon Morris, located in Jacksonville, is the oldest junior college in Texas. It filed for bankruptcy and suspended classes last year.
The school's assets were sold at auction last month. The bankruptcy court must still give its approval.
The restructuring officer for the college says the proceeds from the sale will be used to pay creditors and the school's former employees.
ALBERT PIKE FLOODING-LAWSUITS
All 10 lawsuits in SW Ark. flood set in Texarkana
(Information in the following story is from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com)
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) Lawsuits over a 2010 flood at a southwest Arkansas campground that killed 20 people have been filed in three states but all the court actions are to be heard in Texarkana.
Survivors sued in federal courts in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas over the wall of water that rushed through the Albert Pike campground on June 11, 2010. Seven children were among the dead.
The lawsuits claim the U.S. Forest Service should not have built the campground in a low area along the Little Missouri River because officials knew it had a history of flooding.
The Texarkana Gazette reports U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey is to hear the 10 pending lawsuits. The government has asked for the lawsuits to be dismissed.
Victims included residents of the three states.