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DALLAS (AP) - A 45-year-old man police say has masqueraded as a maintenance worker at senior apartment complexes has been jailed on a capital murder charge in the death of an 81-year-old Dallas woman. Billy K. Chemirmir also has been charged with attempted capital murder in the robberies and homicide attempts on two other senior women. He's in the Dallas County jail with bond set at $1 million.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A grand jury indictment says officials who designed, built and operated a giant waterslide at a Kansas water park knew it was "a deadly weapon" when they allowed a 10-year-old boy to get into a raft that later went airborne and decapitated him. The Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas, and a former official at the park were indicted Friday on involuntary manslaughter and several other charges in the August 2016 death of Caleb Schwab.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas education official has called special education students "slow learners" and questioned whether it's worth spending public money on their education. The Austin American-Statesman reports that Scott Brister is the chairman of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. Brister asked commissioners discussing special education funding if the state should "spend that on the brightest kids or the slowest learners." Special education advocates say the comments are offensive.

(AP) - When a law enforcement official described a cellphone recording left by the Austin serial bomber as "the outcry of a very challenged young man," the remark caused an outcry of its own. Because the bomber was white, some people questioned whether the same level of compassion would be extended to the suspect if he had been a person of color. Mark Anthony Conditt kept the Texas capital in a state of fear in recent weeks, planting five bombs that killed two people and badly wounded four others.

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