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WAXAHACHIE, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors south of Dallas say a 58-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing five children over a two-year period at his wife's day care. Dennis Ray Avery of Waxahachie was sentenced Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
WACO, Texas (AP) - A court filing this week reveals that the former interim president of Baylor University referred to some women who had been sexually assaulted as willing "to make themselves victims." The remark was part of an email exchange last year between David Garland and a Baylor administrator. The email was obtained by lawyers for former students who say they were sexually assaulted and are suing Baylor on claims the school ignored their rape allegations.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Attorneys for Texas are asking a federal appeals court in New Orleans to let the state's law banning "sanctuary cities" take effect. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia blocked much of the law Aug. 31 _ the day before it was to take effect. On Friday, three judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be asked to let the law take effect ahead of a November appeal hearing.
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston landfills will expand their regular daytime schedules and be open 24 hours a day to better assist with Hurricane Harvey debris removal. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday announced the updated schedule to help clear flood-related trash. Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 in South Texas. Heavy rain associated with Harvey swamped parts of Houston and forced thousands of residents from their homes.
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