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KPYN AM and FM News for Friday August 1st, 2014
STAFFORD, Texas (AP) — Texas police have arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting of a businessman at a poker game. Stafford police say the man killed Donald Leonetti. Police say the suspected shooter was one of two masked men armed with rifles who robbed the high-stakes poker game on July 17th.
 
BALLINGER, Texas (AP) — A West Texas teenager girl has died after being kicked in the head by a horse earlier this week. A Shannon Medical Center official says Ashley Virden was pronounced dead on Wednesday. Virden was riding horses with her father near Ballinger on Tuesday. The Runnel County Sheriff's Office says the horse bucked her off and then kicked her in the head.
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has pleaded guilty to seeking revenge on his ex-girlfriend by emailing out videos of them having sex. Philip Welch Ingram struck the deal yesterday in exchange for five years of deferred adjudication probation. He pleaded guilty to improper visual recording and breach of computer security. Both are felonies.
 
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Museum of Art will be the only U.S. stop for a new touring exhibit next year of Jackson Pollock's work. The exhibit will be the first in more than three decades to survey a series of black enamel and oil paintings created between 1951 and 1953. "Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots" will open in Dallas in November 2015.
 
The Atlanta area Chamber wants you to know that JunKtion (125 East Hiram) is having a ribbon-cutting today  at 11 a.m. A spokeswoman with the Atlanta Chamber said that the JunKtion is a new Indoor Flea Market and Upscale Consignment Shop is bringing some new life to Downtown Atlanta, and we need to show our support! Not to mention - you just might find a treasure or two in one of the many vendor booths she has all set up and ready! See you there Friday, and come backtomorrow  from 10-2 for the official Grand Opening Event! KPYN’s Jim Davenport will be broadcasting live from the Junktion grand opening Saturday and he will have free Rangers prizes and Rangers tickets to give away while he’s there.
 

KPYN News for Thursday July 31st, 2014

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-FAMILIES
Feds to show off immigrant family detention
KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) — Federal immigration officials are to give a tour Thursday of a South Texas detention center where they plan to house women who enter the United States illegally with their children.
The Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Karnes City is being converted after being used to house male immigrants. The contract with the private company operating the prison was changed earlier this month to hold families in expedited removal proceedings.
Illegal immigration in South Texas has surged in recent months, especially children travelling alone and parents bringing their children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Lacking family detention centers, the government has been releasing so-called "family units" with notices to appear before immigration authorities when they reach their destinations.
Karnes City is about 50 miles southeast of San Antonio.

OBESE DOBERMAN
Obese Doberman rescued in Texas, given new diet
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio animal care officials say an obese Doberman taken in last week is being transferred to Conroe for further care.
A spokeswoman for the city's Animal Care Services said Wednesday that the dog named Bear weighs in at 147 pounds. That's twice the size of an average Doberman.
Caregivers say he looks miserable and is possibly depressed.
A Doberman rescue organization took in the dog Friday morning near Fort Worth. He has a microchip, but the chip isn't registered.
They have Bear on joint supplement and thyroid medication. He's also dealing with high cholesterol.
The spokeswoman says caregivers will start by taking Bear "on some very short walks." She says he will be fed four small meals a day of premium food.
The dog's goal weight is 80 pounds.

REPURPOSED SMUGGLER TRAIL
South Texas town turns drug path into bike trail
(Information in the following story is from: KRGV-TV, http://www.krgv.com)
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) — Officials in a Texas border city have repurposed a suspected drug and human trafficking path as a bike trail.
Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal told KRGV-TV on Wednesday he hopes the municipal bike path will help curb illegal activity.
The trail runs along the Rio Grande river less than a mile from the center of town. It winds through cactus and mesquite trees and is now adorned with city signage.
Villarreal says a U.S. Border Patrol official encouraged the transformation. He says the presence of more pedestrians along the path will encourage people doing illegal activities to look for other areas.
A bicyclist tells the station he will take his cell phone and possibly a group of friends when using the bike trail.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston Police say they've arrested 14 people on felony drug charges after an extensive narcotics investigation. Police say there is a growing cocaine and methamphetamine problem in the city. A spokesman says the seven-month, multi-agency investigation resulted in 21 indictments.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin police are searching for a person they say has been hurling large rocks at cars on the interstate. Police say at least two people have been hit during four incidents on Interstate 35. Police are asking for the public's help to identify the person.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican Congressman Rick Crawford is among five House members to oppose a measure to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care. The U.S. Representative from east Arkansas voted against a measure that overwhelmingly cleared the House.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Director Teresa Marks is retiring from the post this fall. Marks on Wednesday announced she's retiring on September 30th, leaving a post she's held since she was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe in 2007.


KPYN News for Wednesday July 30th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas System regents have picked a top U.S. military special operations leader as the finalist for the job of chancellor. Regents yesterday picked Navy Admiral William McRaven to replace Francisco Cigarroa, who is stepping down after five years. It will be about three weeks before McRaven can be formally hired.

GOODRICH, Texas (AP) — Authorities in East Texas say they've cleared more than two dozen marijuana fields that contained about 100,000 plants worth an estimated $175 million. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says the fields were part of a sophisticated growing operation that used water from a creek to hydrate the plants. A deer hunter stumbled across the fields Saturday near the town of Goodrich.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a woman are renewing her appeal of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the use of race in University of Texas undergraduate admissions. Abigail Fisher's attorneys filed their appeal yesterday with the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking it to overturn the three-judge panel's ruling. Fisher, who is white, sued the university in 2008 after she was denied admission.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas man whose infant boy died while left alone has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Nicholas Clifton was sentenced yesterday after pleading no contest to second-degree child abandonment. Clifton faced up to 20 years behind bars for the April 2012 death of 4-month-old Jeremiah Young.

The Atlanta area Chamber wants you to know that JunKtion (125 East Hiram) is having a ribbon-cutting this Friday at 11 a.m. A spokeswoman with the Atlanta Chamber said that the JunKtion is a new Indoor Flea Market and Upscale Consignment Shop is bringing some new life to Downtown Atlanta, and we need to show our support! Not to mention - you just might find a treasure or two in one of the many vendor booths she has all set up and ready! See you there Friday, and come back Saturday from 10-2 for the official Grand Opening Event! KPYN’s Jim Davenport will be broadcasting live from the Junktion grand opening Saturday and he will have free Rangers prizes and Rangers tickets to give away while he’s there.


KPYN News for Tuesday July 29th, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's been no verdict and no mistrial after five days of deliberations in former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. Kyle wrote in his best-seller that he decked Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few." Ventura testified the Texas man fabricated the story.

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas school board has ordered a trustee to attend professional conduct training after parents and teachers said he used his position to get his daughter onto a cheerleading team. The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees voted to make Paul Mayhew attend training courses. The trustees did not publicly disclose what Mayhew did wrong.

UNITED STATES-RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says millions of people were driven out of their homes because of their religious beliefs last year.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday released the State Department's 2013 report on religious persecution around the world.
It says that in conflict zones, mass displacement has become the norm. Hundreds of thousands of minority Christians have fled Syria after three years of civil war, and this month Islamic militants have forced Iraqi Christians to leave Mosul or face execution.
The report also highlighted more than a million people being displaced in the Central African Republic amid an upsurge in Christian-Muslim violence.
Introducing the report, Kerry also noted the continuing imprisonment of American pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran, and said the U.S. will continue to press for his release.

CHINA-CROSS REMOVED
Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown
BEIJING (AP) — A Christian evangelist in China says hundreds of police have taken down a church's cross amid a crackdown on church buildings.
Qu Linuo says police arrived early Monday at the church in Wenzhou, a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship, amid a crackdown on church buildings in a region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.
Qu said about 200 parishioners had flocked to the church a few hours earlier to protect the church, but gave way to police. He said authorities told church leaders that the 10-foot-tall cross violated building height limits, and police used a crane to remove it.
In Washington, Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski said the State Department was concerned about the incident and similar official acts against churches in China. He said the U.S. will continue to press China to respect its people's religious liberty.


KPYN News fro Monday July 28th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police say a morning crash in northwest Austin has killed one woman and injured two children. A man, a woman and two children were in a Dodge Neon yesterday morning when they collided with a Chevrolet truck. The truck was driven by an unaccompanied man. The two men in the accident refused treatment at the scene.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jurors weighing whether former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was defamed by Texas author Chris Kyle are entering their fifth day of deliberations. Jurors have had the case since last Tuesday. Ventura says Kyle defamed him by fabricating a story in his best-selling memoir. Kyle died in Texas last year.


FORGOTTEN FLAG
Texas couple gives forgotten flag to Marine's mom
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — A couple who discovered a tribute flag for a fallen Marine at a Texas flea market has presented it to his mother, more than nine years after he was killed in Iraq.
Lanie and Walter Brown gave the flag Saturday to Patsy Maciel before a small crowd gathered at the grave of Lance Cpl. Fred Maciel in the northern Houston suburb of Humble.
The Browns bought the flag for $5 after finding it tucked away earlier this month in the corner of a flea market in Hemphill, about 170 miles from Houston. The flag has about two dozen messages written by other marines for Maciel, who was 20 when he died in a helicopter crash.
Patsy Maciel didn't know of the flag's existence until contacted by the Browns on Facebook.


KPYN News for Friday July 25th, 2014

SNIPER AUTHOR-VENTURA
Deliberations in Ventura trial to enter Day 4
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The trial in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit will enter its fourth day of deliberations Friday.
Jurors broke for the day Thursday after about 7 ½ hours of discussions that brought their total to about 19 hours since Tuesday, minus breaks.
Ventura says the late Chris Kyle defamed him by fabricating a story in his best-seller "American Sniper" about decking Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few."
To rule for Ventura, the jury must find by "clear and convincing evidence" that Kyle knew or believed his story was false, or that Kyle had serious doubts about whether it was true. Ventura's attorney has asked for millions in damages if they agree Kyle lied.
Kyle died last year.

TROUBLED HOSPITAL CHAIN
Dallas-area doctor convicted of health care fraud
TYLER, Texas (AP) — A North Texas physician who ran a now-closed hospital near Dallas has been convicted of conspiracy, identity theft and health care fraud.
A federal jury in Tyler found Dr. Tariq Mahmood guilty Thursday of more than $1 million in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims.
The Cedar Hill physician faces up to 10 years imprisonment for the conspiracy conviction, 10 years for each fraud count and two years for each identity theft count. No sentencing date has been set.
He owned the Renaissance Terrell (TEHR'-ruhl) Hospital, which closed in February 2013 after a federal agency halted funding. Mahmood also operated Cozby Germany Hospital in Grand Saline (gran suh-LEEN'), Central Texas Hospital in Cameron, Community General Hospital in Dilley, Lake Whitney Medical Center in Whitney and Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center.

AUSTIN-BIRD MALL
Thousands of birds nest near abandoned Austin mall
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Outside an abandoned Austin shopping mall is a little-known visual phenomenon to rival the bat flights from the downtown Congress Avenue bridge.
Six oak trees stand in a bank parking lot on the north side of Highland Mall. For decades, every July, birds called purple martins have flocked to the trees by the thousands to roost for the night. And the spectacle draws dozens of bird-watchers each night.
The birds, which are the largest North American swallow breed, migrate to the spot in July and August as they head north from Brazil to breed. The Purple Martin Conservation Association says flocks have shown up on National Weather Service radar.
The Travis Audubon Society holds watching parties from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Friday and Saturday evening in July.

GAY MARRIAGE-7TH CIRCUIT
Churches seek reinstatement of gay marriage bans
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of same-sex marriage cite political theory, social stability and even biblical text in legal briefs filed this week in federal court, where Indiana and Wisconsin are appealing rulings that overthrew their bans on gay weddings.
At least 20 briefs have been filed in the case that's currently before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
A brief filed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and The Lutheran Church's Missouri Synod says God established marriage as the union of a man and a woman. They argue that overturning laws against same-sex marriage because they're rooted in religious tradition deprives a huge number of people of their right to participate in democracy.
Another brief filed by the attorneys general of 10 states argues that society should decide whether same-sex marriage is acceptable, not the courts.


KPYN News for Thursday July 24th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Governor Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups. But a closer look at the Texas Emerging Technology Fund reveals that some of the businesses that received money are not what they seem. An Associated Press review of the program found that one of the companies actually operates in California.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A legislative committee examining ways to better-protect children in Texas' foster care system is convening for the first time since two foster children drowned over July 4th weekend. The state's 17,000-child foster system has been under scrutiny since seven children in foster care died of abuse or neglect in fiscal year 2013. The hearing is the fifth of its kind this year on foster care and the Department of Family and Protective Services.

HOUSTON (AP) — Harris County officials are delaying construction on a Houston housing project for homeless people living in a flood-prone area. A county court postponed demolition of a property where the non-profit Housing Corporation of Greater Houston plans to build. Officials say the project is expected to cost several million dollars more than when it was planned five years ago.

LA JOYA, Texas (AP) — State health and law enforcement officials will testify today about human trafficking before a panel of state lawmakers in South Texas. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and Dr. Kyle Janek are among those expected to appear before the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking. Human trafficking concerns the movement of people for purposes of exploitation.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel continues to defend the state's 12-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court. He says the state has a legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point in a woman's pregnancy. McDaniel filed a reply brief yesterday as the court weighs whether to uphold a federal judge's decision that the ban is unconstitutional.


KPYN News for Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

TEXAS REGENT-IMPEACHMENT
Cost of UT regent inquiry almost $600,000
(Information in the following story is from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The bill for investigating the actions of a University of Texas System regent has totaled nearly $600,000.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Houston lawyer Rusty Hardin's firm billed the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations $588,000 to investigate Regent Wallace Hall. The final invoices were released Tuesday.
Jason Embry, a spokesman for House Speaker Joe Straus, says Hardin agreed to limit the charge to the state to $500,000.
The panel found grounds to impeach Hall but has yet to vote on formal charges
Hall is accused of abusing his authority as a regent with massive record requests, bullying staff and releasing private student information in an effort to topple Austin campus President Bill Powers.
Hall denies wrongdoing. Powers recently agreed to step down in June 2015.

SNIPER AUTHOR-VENTURA
Jury to reconvene in Ventura defamation case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jurors are due to reconvene in St. Paul to deliberate whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed in a memoir by the late military sniper Chris Kyle.
The case went to jurors midday Tuesday, but the group didn't reach a verdict before breaking for the day.
Ventura's attorney asked them to award the former Navy SEAL, pro wrestler and movie actor millions of dollars in damages for what Ventura claims is a lie in Kyle's memoir, "American Sniper."
Ventura says Kyle invented a story about punching him in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura supposedly made remarks insulting Navy SEALs.
But an attorney for Kyle's estate told jurors that Ventura failed to prove his claim that Kyle made up the story or that Ventura suffered financially because of the best-selling book.

PERRYTON, Texas (AP) — Police say three adults and one toddler have died in a Texas Panhandle car wreck. The Texas Department of Public Safety says two vehicles crashed on a highway about 25 miles south of the Oklahoma border yesterday evening. One driver, his wife and their 2-year-old daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. A 19-year-old passenger in the other vehicle was also pronounced dead at the scene.

DENTON, Texas (AP) — Police say 24 people have been arrested in a North Texas human-trafficking sting. The Denton County Sheriff's Department says two 17-year-olds were rescued during the operation late last week. U.S. Homeland Security worked with local departments on the operation.

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas jury has delivered a nearly $30 million verdict against the Lower Colorado River Authority. A Comal County jury returned the verdict in favor of New Braunfels Utilities yesterday. The Austin-based river authority manages water resources and provides electricity.

IRAQ
Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind, and gunmen then stole much of what they managed to take with them.
Most Christians fled to the largely autonomous Kurdish region after the Islamic State group and other Sunni militants captured Mosul on June 10 — the opening move in the insurgents' blitz across northern and western Iraq.
Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf says the following Sunday was the first one in 1600 years without a Christian Mass in Mosul.
The number of Christians in Mosul dwindled further after the militants gave them a deadline of last Saturday to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
In a House floor speech Tuesday, the Wolf called the attacks on Iraqi Christians "genocide" and a crime against humanity.


KPYN News for Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

OSTER BABY-DEATH
Baby dies while in foster care at East Texas home
HUNTINGTON, Texas (AP) — Officials say a 2-month-old girl has died at an East Texas home as the woman with whom she was living ran an errand and left several other adults to watch the baby.
The Angelina County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy was scheduled Monday on the infant, whose name wasn't immediately released.
Sheriff Greg Sanches says an initial review indicates the baby apparently died of natural causes.
Sanches says the woman in whose care the child was entrusted had to pick someone up Saturday and left the sleeping child in the care of several family friends at a home near Huntington. One of the adults checked on the girl, noticed she wasn't breathing and called 911.
Child Protective Services has been notified.

HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are presenting their case for a death penalty for a man convicted of capital murder in the Christmas Eve killings two years ago of a Houston-area police officer and an auto body shop owner. The punishment phase of the trial of Harlem Lewis III continues for a second day today in Houston. Attorneys for Harlem Lewis III say they intend to present experts to testify that Lewis has an IQ of 76.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for a car crash that caused a San Antonio police officer's leg to be amputated. A state district judge delivered the punishment to Kevin Balditt yesterday. Balditt pleaded guilty in April to intoxication assault of a public servant.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Closing arguments are set in former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. The Texas man wrote that he decked a man identified in the book only as "Scruff Face" who allegedly said the Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few." Kyle later said the man was Ventura.

ANCIENT ANCHOR
Texas A&M to restore anchor found in Puget Sound
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — An anchor recovered from Puget Sound north of Seattle and believed to be more than 200 years old has reached Texas A&M University for restoration.
School officials on Monday announced the anchor possibly from the HMS Chatham arrived in College Station via truck.
The 900-pound anchor was discovered six years ago by diver Doug Monk in an inlet off Whidbey Island. Floats were used to bring the anchor to the surface.
Experts want to know if the anchor was lost by the Royal Navy survey brig in 1792 during British explorer George Vancouver's adventures.
The anchor in June was taken to the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, to be prepped for transport to Texas. Restoration should take about 18 months at A&M's Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation.


KPYN News for Monday July 21st, 2014

The Atlanta Area Rotary Club and Atlanta Public Library will present a Night With the Stars tonight at 11:59 pm at the library. Everyone is invited to attend, and as a special prize, one person will win The Orion SkyQuest XT8 Dobsonian Telescope.
Saturn and it's rings are clearly visible through the telescope and tonight is predicted to be a great night for stargazing. Some shooting stars from the Alpha Cygnid meteor shower should be visible each night from July to August, but the best show is expected tonight. The maximum number of meteors expected to be visible from a dark location is around 5 per hour (ZHR). The Moon will be 24 days old at the time of peak activity, and so will present minimal interference. Bring a lawn chair and your own telescope, if you have one. Refreshments will be served.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Israeli Consulate in Houston says an Israeli-American citizen from Texas has been killed during fighting in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces say Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli was killed in combat in the Gaza Strip. Carmeli was among 13 Israeli soldiers and 65 Palestinians killed Sunday during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio high school football player has drowned in South Texas while swimming with his family. The Medina County Sheriff's Office says Joshua Biggles was found dead yesterday afternoon. A spokesman says Biggles was found in about 15 feet of water at the Paradise Canyon Recreation Park.


KPYN News for Friday July 18th, 2014

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-TEXAS
Official: Fewer kids detained recently at border
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol officials say a region in South Texas overwhelmed by immigrant children illegally crossing into the U.S. has detained fewer minors in the last 10 days.
Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Kevin Oaks said Thursday that his facilities had been holding as many as 1,200 unaccompanied children, but they now have less than 200. The facilities usually hold minors for up to 72 hours.
Oaks says about 80 unaccompanied minors were detained Wednesday. That compares to as many as 200 to 300 arrests daily at the height of the surge, according to Border Patrol agent Roel Rodriguez, who will be running a new processing center opening Friday in McAllen.
More than 57,000 unaccompanied child immigrants have been arrested since October, more than double compared to the previous year.

SNIPER AUTHOR-VENTURA
Co-author: Sniper did not want to name Ventura
(Information in the following story is from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The co-author of "American Sniper" says former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle did not want to name former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura as the man Kyle allegedly punched in a California bar in 2006.
Jim DeFelice testified Thursday as part of Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of Kyle, who was killed in Texas last year.
The Star Tribune reports one of Ventura's attorneys asked DeFelice why he did not contact Ventura about the section describing the bar fight when he was researching the book. DeFelice responded: "It was not Jesse's book."
In his 2012 book, Kyle wrote that he punched a man he called "Scruff Face." Kyle later identified the man as Ventura.
Ventura maintains that Kyle never hit him, and that his reputation was damaged by Kyle's story.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The powerful Senate Finance Committee that writes the Texas budget will be chaired by a woman for the first time. Republican state Senator Jane Nelson received the appointment yesterday. She has served in the Senate for two decades and takes over the budget at a time when spending is already looking to be a major issue in the Legislature next year.


KPYN News for Thursday July 17th, 2014

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ROBBERY AND SEXUAL ASSUALT


TEXARKANA, TEXAS – The Texarkana Texas Police said that they arrested a Texarkana, Texas man after a 911 call from a Texarkana, Texas motel early Wednesday morning. According to police, the received a 9-1-1 call from the Knights Inn near Summerhill Road and I-10 around 2 a.m. Wednesday regarding a disturbance in one of the rooms

Police said when they arrived, police said that they were told that a man identified as 39 year old Myron Stewart of Texarkana, Texas had been to the room where he knew the occupants and that following a brief argument, Stewart became agitated and produced a revolver.

Police said that Stewart stole a cell phone from one person in the room and then police said that he forced the female victim to perform a sexual act on him.

Police said that Stewart and the alleged victim were located a few minutes later by officers at a convenience store across the street.

The alleged victim told officers that Stewart had hidden the pistol outside another nearby business when he saw a police car drive past. According to the authorities, the gun was located by officers.

Police said that Stewart was arrested and booked into the Texarkana City Jail on the felony charges of Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Sexual Assault. Police said that the incident remains under investigation and additional charges against Stewart are likely.

Police said that two other local occupants of the motel room had outstanding felony warrants and were also arrested.


The Texarkana, Arkansas police said that a man has been arrested and charged with domestic battery 2nd degree after they responded to a report of a stabbing Thursday night around 11 p.m. in the 500 block of Cleveland Street.
Police said that when officers arrived, they said that they found a man who was identified as 23 year old Jacob Lynn with several deep lacerations on his chest area. Officers on scene said that they determined that an altercation occurred at the residence between Lynn and a man identified by police as Keith Torrence, who the said is the ex-boyfriend of Lynn’s mother. Police said that during the altercation, Torrence allegedly attacked Lynn with a knife, causing Lynn’s injuries. Lynn was transported to Wadley Hospital where he received medical attention, and Mr. Torrence was taken to jail.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is meeting resistance from both the left and the right as it pushes a multibillion-dollar emergency spending bill for the country's border with Mexico. It raises questions about chances for any action in Congress to address the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing into Texas. Republicans have criticized the price tag of the $3.7 billion spending bill. Some Democrats say it isn't big enough.


KPYN News for Wednesday July 16th, 2014

TEXARKANA, TEXAS – The Texarkana Texas Police said that they arrested Myron Stewart, 39, of Texarkana, Texas early this morning at a convenience store in the 5100 block of Summerhill Road after they responded to a call of a disturbance at a nearby motel. Officers said they were dispatched to a motel in the 1900 block of St. Michael Drive at approximately 2:00 a.m. today after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a third party about a disturbance in one of the rooms.

Police said that upon arrival, officers were told that Stewart came to the room where he knew the occupants and that following a brief argument, Stewart became agitated and produced a revolver. Police said that Stewart stole a cell phone from one person in the room and then police said that he forced the female victim to perform a sexual act on him. Police said that Stewart and the alleged victim were located a few minutes later by officers at a convenience store across the street. The alleged victim told officers that Stewart had hidden the pistol outside another nearby business when he saw a police car drive past. According to the the authorities, the gun was located by officers.

Police said that Stewart was arrested and booked into the Texarkana City Jail on the felony charges of Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Sexual Assault. Police said that the incident remains under investigation and additional charges against Stewart are likely. Police said that two other local occupants of the motel room had outstanding felony warrants and were also arrested.


The Texarkmana, Arkansas police said thaT on Tuesday, July 15th at 11:00pm Texarkana Arkansas Police responded to the 500 block of Cleveland Street in reference to a report of a stabbing. When officers arrived they said that they located the victim, Jacob Lynn, 23yoa W/M, with several deep lacerations on his chest area. Officers on scene said that they determined that an altercation occurred at the residence between Lynn and the suspect, Keith Torrence, ex-boyfriend of Lynn’s mother. During the altercation police said that Torrence had allegedly attacked Lynn with a knife causing Lynn’s injuries. Lynn was transported to Wadley Hospital where he received medical attention.

Police said that Torrence was later arrested and charged with Domestic Battery 2nd degree, a felony crime.

Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department at 903-798-3154 or Texarkana area CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.


RICIN LETTERS-TEXAS
Texas woman to be sentenced for sending ricin
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman who had minor acting roles in film and television faces sentencing for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and now-former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The sentencing hearing for 36-year-old Shannon Guess Richardson is set for Wednesday in federal court in Texarkana, Texas.
Richardson pleaded guilty in December to possessing and producing a biological toxin. Her attorney says that under the plea deal her prison time would be capped at 18 years.
Richardson was arrested in June 2013 after authorities said she tried to implicate her estranged husband after he filed for divorce. Prosecutors say Richardson mailed three letters from New Boston, outside Texarkana, then went to police and claimed that her husband did it.

LAURA BUSH-AGING CONFERENCE
Laura Bush speaks at aging conference
DALLAS (AP) — Former first lady Laura Bush says she and former President George W. Bush have drawn inspiration on aging gracefully from their parents.
She spoke Tuesday at a Dallas conference for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, noting her husband was home icing his knee after having it partially replaced.
Talking about the skydive her father-in-law, former President George H.W. Bush, made last month to celebrate his 90th birthday, she said, "You really can lead a full life, no matter what age you are."
She expressed admiration that her 94-year-old mother and late father voluntarily gave up driving at the right time.
Bush said interests developed recently include yoga for her, painting for her husband, and a March trip they took to ancient Christian sites in Ethiopia.

SPRING, Texas (AP) — Funeral services are planned for six members of a suburban Houston family at a church not far from their home. The slaying victims are Stephen and Katie Stay and their four youngest children. They'll be buried in a private ceremony after services this afternoon at their Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police are testing the use of wearable cameras but have yet to release policies for the pilot program. The police department in March launched the six-month program with 150 cameras. It will review the program later this year to determine if it will continue. The city says it will not release the program policies because they are in draft form.

HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of transplant recipients ran, danced, bowled and competed in other events this week as part of the Donate Life Transplant Games in Houston. It's a multi-sport series designed to raise awareness of organ, eye, and tissue transplants. The games began in 1990 and are overseen by the Kidney Foundation.


KPYN AM and FM News for Tuesday July 14th, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order preventing a North Texas city from enforcing an ordinance that a gun rights group says violates its free speech rights. The Arlington ordinance bars people from handing out printed material at busy intersections and roads. The decision puts it on hold while a lawsuit filed by Open Carry Tarrant County is resolved.

HOUSTON (AP) — Funeral arrangements have been set for the six members of a family who were fatally shot in their suburban Houston home last week. The funerals for Stephen and Katie Stay and four of their children will be held tomorrow at a chapel in Houston of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The couple's daughter survived after being shot. Cassidy Stay was released from a hospital Friday.

FAITH-BASED COUNSELORS
State to license counselors who are also pastors
ST. MATTHEWS, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is the sixth state to license pastoral counselors to help people with issues such as marital difficulties, addictions and depression.
A new law allowing the licensing is expected to cover about 30 pastors who also work as mental and behavioral health counselors across the state. They will be called Kentucky licensed pastoral counselors, and their work will be covered by insurance policies for those who desire faith-based mental health services.
The other states licensing pastoral counselors are Arkansas, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The law requires licensed pastoral counselors to hold a master of pastoral counseling degree as well as a master's degree in counseling, 1,375 hours of supervised practice, and 250 hours of clinical work and supervision. They also must pass a written board exam.

HATCHET ATTACK-DETROIT CHURCH
Officer shoots hatchet-wielding man outside church
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say an off-duty officer shot and wounded a 27-year-old man who attacked him with a hatchet during services at a northwest Detroit church.
Police spokesman Officer Adam Madera says the injured officer is a member of Citadel of Praise church and was trying to calm down the man about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Madera says the man is believed to have a mental illness. The spokesman says the man attacked the officer with the hatchet outside the church.
Madera says the officer fell but was able to reach his handgun and shoot the man. Madera says another officer responding to a 9-1-1 call also shot the man, who was hospitalized in critical condition Monday.
Madera says the off-duty officer received minor leg injuries.


KPYN AM and FM News for Monday July 14th, 2014

TEXAS-REDISTRICTING
Feds helping argue Texas election map case
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal trial over Texas election maps is giving the Obama administration a chance to argue that the Voting Rights Act should still apply to the state — despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakening it.
The case opens Monday, though a ruling isn't expected for weeks.
At issue are statehouse and congressional districts drawn by the GOP-dominated Legislature in 2011.
The trial comes a year after the high court found that Texas and other states with a history of voting discrimination no longer need federal permission to change elections laws, undermining much of the Voting Rights Act.
Still, the Justice Department says Texas still needs approval. It points to a little-known portion of the act saying state and local governments still need permission if intentional discrimination is found.

ESCAPEE RECAPTURED
Arkansas prison escape surrenders to authorities
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — An escapee from the Texarkana Regional Correctional Center in southwestern Arkansas is back in custody.
Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 41-year-old Daniel Malin returned to his work site Sunday morning after disappearing from the site on Saturday.
Malin was reported missing from his job site at Cleve Batte Construction in Texarkana late Saturday night.
The department says Malin was serving time for drug-related convictions. The department's website also lists recent forgery and breaking and entering convictions for Malin.

FORT HOOD-WATER RESTRICTIONS
Some Fort Hood workers told not to report Monday
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Fort Hood is telling certain employees not to report to work Monday due to a water shortage.
The Central Texas Army base said Sunday that supplies from the main water line had been interrupted and declared a stage 4 water supply emergency.
A statement Sunday evening says only "key and essential" personnel should report Monday. It says soldiers and civilians employees should ask their supervisors for clarification.
The release also says all child development centers will be closed, and outpatient services at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and at the Copperas Cove Medical Home will be canceled and rescheduled.
The water supply emergency declaration bans watering lawns, filling swimming pools, washing cars and other "non-essential" indoor and outdoor use.


KPYN News for Friday July 11th, 2014

TEXARKANA, Texas – The Texarkana Texas Police said that a Texarkana, Texas man was shot last night in a drive by shooting in the 2400 block of West 10th Street. Police said that at around 8:30 p.m. last night, 26 year old Robin Junior was standing outside when he was shot by someone traveling in a small dark colored car carrying 4 male occupants. Police said that Junior was taken to Wadley Hospital; his condition is unknown.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will meet today with officials in Weslaco. They'll discuss the ongoing humanitarian immigrant crisis caused in South Texas by the surge in unaccompanied minors and family groups. Most of the immigrants are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A judge has scheduled an October trial for a Texarkana woman charged in the fatal shooting of a fellow square dancer. Sixty-five year-old Virginia Ann Hyatt is accused of killing 59-year-old Patricia Wheelington last December. They belonged to the same dancing club. Court records say Hyatt was "harassing" Wheelington over her relationship with Hyatt's estranged husband.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Texas man was killed in a crash that stalled Interstate 40 traffic in North Little Rock for several hours Wednesday afternoon. Arkansas State Police say 53-year-old Ronnie Smith of Dallas was in a car that was crushed between two large trucks.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Arlington police Sergeant Gary Carter has adopted the dog he chose not to shoot after it had been reported as acting aggressively toward passers-by. Carter was summoned to the scene of a dog chasing residents last month. Carter and another officer observed the dog's behavior and determined that it was just thirsty, lost and afraid.

WACO, Texas (AP) — The outfit Lone Ranger actor Clayton Moore wore when he made appearances as the character after retiring from television is going up for auction in Texas. Moore played the masked lawman on the ABC television series "The Lone Ranger" from 1949 to 1957. The items spent more than a decade in the collection of a late Texas businessman whose family is offering the items.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jurors in Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit have heard a slain military sniper say in a recording that he didn't want his book overshadowed by a story about his alleged bar fight with the former Minnesota governor. Chris Kyle was fatally shot last year at a Texas gun range. Ventura claims that Kyle made up a story in his best-selling autobiography about punching Ventura outside a California bar in 2006.


KPYN News for Thursday July 10th, 2014

OBAMA-IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD
Obama ties to shift border crisis political debate
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama is seeking to recast the political debate over young migrants arriving at the border as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to skip a chance to view the crisis first-hand.
Obama turned to one of his chief critics, Texas' Republican Gov. Rick Perry, to try to make his point.
Following a meeting with Perry in Dallas Wednesday, the president suggested there was little daylight between Perry's calls for additional assistance at the border and the nearly $4 billion request Obama sent to Congress this week. He also made a public appeal for Perry, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, to wield his influence with Texas' Republican-heavy congressional delegation and press them to back the emergency spending package.

SPRING, Texas (AP) — A man is in custody after police say he killed four of his children and two adults and wounded his daughter critically at a suburban Houston home. Investigators say they plan to charge the man today. Harris County authorities describe the dead as two boys, two girls, a man and a woman.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas System regents will meet in Austin a day after the system announced the president of the Austin flagship campus will step down in June 2015. Today's meeting is seen as a day University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers could possibly be fired after years of clashes with Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. Cigarroa had wanted Powers to resign by October or risk being fired.

SNIPER AUTHOR-VENTURA
Slain author says Ventura's name deleted from book
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A slain military sniper whose memoir sparked a lawsuit from former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura admitted before his death that he removed Ventura's name from the book because he was afraid of being sued.
Ventura sued anyway, and his defamation claim against Chris Kyle's estate is unfolding this week in federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ventura says Kyle invented a story about punching him at a bar after Ventura supposedly badmouthed Navy SEALs.
Kyle was killed last year in an attack at a Texas gun range. In a video deposition, he said early drafts of his book named Ventura in describing an alleged confrontation.
Kyle said he convinced his co-authors that Ventura's name should come out. The book ultimately referred to Ventura as "Scruff Face" instead.


KPYN News for Wednesday July 9th, 2014

POLICE AREST ALLEGED BANK ROBBER
TEXARKANA, TEXAS- The Texarkana, Texas Police said that they’ve arrested a Texarkana, Arkansas man and charged him with the robbery of the Capitol One Bank on Texas Boulevard, and arrested him for other warrants. Police said that 44 year old Robert Russell from Texarkana was the man captured on bank surveillance during the alleged robbery early this afternoon, and they said he handed the teller a note demanding money. Police said that Russell left with money, last seen wearing an old navy shirt and Khaki pants.
Police said that they released a picture of their suspected bank robber to the media, and they immediately began receiving tips from the public. Police say that they Russell was arrested at a business in the 900 block of Walton Drive and that he had items linking him to the robbery in his possession, and he was transported to jail.

OBAMA-IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD
Obama to hold border crisis meeting in Texas
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will discuss the crisis at the border with faith leaders and local officials in Texas Wednesday.
The meeting comes as Obama faces pressure to visit the border while he's in Texas this week to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates. The White House has resisted calls for the president to take a firsthand look at the tens of thousands of children arriving from Central America. Other administration officials have made visits.
Among those calling for Obama to visit the border is Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who will take part in the meeting with Obama and religious leaders.
Roman Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz, who is attending a bishops' conference on migration in Washington, says he wishes Obama would visit the children and families who have crossed the border into his El Paso diocese.

HOUSTON (AP) — The city council of a Houston suburb has passed a resolution saying the city will not cooperate with any federal request to house immigrant children in the country illegally. The League City council voted 6-2 to adopt the resolution last night. It refuses any request from the federal government to set up detention or processing centers there.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It'll be a "day of action" for a pair of separate coalitions pressing for reforms on separate immigration-related issues. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is leading a group of civil liberties activists in a demonstration at a Brownsville border crossing this morning. Representatives of Texas business, retail and religious groups will later hold a news conference to press for reform of federal immigration laws.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jesse Ventura brought his defamation lawsuit before home-state jurors yesterday in a bid to punish the estate of late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. The former wrestler, Navy SEAL and Minnesota governor objects to Kyle's boast that he decked Ventura during a barroom scrap almost a decade ago. Ventura pursued the claim even after the Odessa man was killed last year at a Texas gun range.

HUTTO, Texas (AP) — Seven beagles have been freed for adoption after spending up to seven years in cages at a laboratory. The nonprofit Beagle Freedom Project negotiated with the unidentified lab near the Texas-Mexico border for the dogs' releases. The group says more than 65,000 dogs are captives in labs nationwide and that 96 percent of them beagles.


KPYN News for Tuesday July 8th, 2014

TEXARKANA, TEXAS- The Texarkana, Texas Police said that they’ve arrested a Texarkana, Arkansas man and charged him with the robbery of the Capitol One Bank on Texas Boulevard, and arrested him for other warrants. Police said that 44 year old Robert Russell from Texarkana was the man captured on bank surveillance during the alleged robbery early this afternoon, and they said he handed the teller a note demanding money. Police said that Russell left with money, last seen wearing an old navy shirt and Khaki pants.
Police said that they released a picture of their suspected bank robber to the media, and they immediately began receiving tips from the public. Police say that they Russell was arrested at a business in the 900 block of Walton Drive and that he had items linking him to the robbery in his possession, and he was transported to jail.


TEXARKANA< TEXAS-The Texarkana Texas Police said that there looking for a white male, between 20 and 40 years old who is wanted for a robbery they said occurred at the Capital one Bank in the 4800 block of Texas Boulevard today around 12:45 p.m. According to police, the man gave the teller a note demanding money. Police say that the alleged bank robber left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and was wearing a red old navy shirt and khaki pants. You can see a picture of the suspect below. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the man police say robbed the Capitol One Bank is encouraged to call the Texarkana, Texas Police at 903-798-3116.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa says he and the Board of Regents have had a 'fractured' relationship with Austin campus President Bill Powers that has worsened. Cigarroa met with Powers last week to urge him to resign or possibly be fired when the board meets Thursday. Powers offered instead to step down in June 2015.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is scheduled to promote full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund during a visit to Fort Worth. The park was made possible by grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Jewell will announce support for another parks project today.

A fire at a historical Texarkana building gutted the 91 year old structure yesterday. Texarkana, Texas spokesperson Lisa Thompson said that a fire yesterday afternoon at the Masonic Loge building in downtown Texas gutted the structure. Investigators said that they do not know what caused the fire. According to city authorities, there was no electricity in the building and it has been vacant for years. After the fire, the building had to be taken down.

TEXARKANA, Texas–The Texarkana, Texas police said that two Texarkana men, including someone from the fire department were injured in an accident on Summerhill road last night. According to police, the accident occurred around 8:30 last night in the 4700 block of Summerhill Road, that’s when police say 42 year old Texarkana Texas Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Norwood was traveling north in a Ford Explorer responding to a fire call when he was hit head on by a Lincoln town car driven by 32 year old James Collins of Texarkana, Arkansas. Both Chief Norwood and James Collins were transported to Christus St. Michael Hospital where they were treated for injuries, and the accident is still under investigation.

EPISCOPAL FUTURE
Split among Episcopalians reaches SC courtroom
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A dispute between dozens of breakaway Episcopal congregations and the national church is going to court in South Carolina.
The national Episcopal Church wants to regain about $500 million in land, buildings and other property from congregations that broke away along with the denomination's former Diocese of South Carolina in 2012. The churches who split sued to keep the property and the name and seal used when they were part of the national church.
Judge Diane Goodstein will preside over the case and decide it without a jury. Testimony should begin Tuesday at the Dorchester County Courthouse in St. George.
The breakaway congregations said the national church had become too liberal, especially on the issue of gay marriage and allowing gays to lead churches. They also said the national church ignores God's teachings and takes the easy route of blessing whatever the culture wants.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-HISPANIC CHURCHES
Hispanic evangelicals addressing immigration crisis
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Hispanic evangelical leader says most of the unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border would be better off with their parents and should be sent home.
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez says those without parents in the U.S. could fall victim to the same drug gangs in American cities that threaten their lives in Central America.
Rodriguez is president of NHCLC/Conela, which represents more than 40,000 Hispanic evangelical churches in the U.S. and 500,000 worldwide.
NHCLC/Conela plans to broadcast public service announcements in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala discouraging parents from sending their children on the dangerous trek to the U.S. border, and is urging Central American pastors to spread that message throughout their communities.
Rodriguez says that while NHCLC/Conela opposes illegal immigration, its churches are offering temporary shelter, food and clothing to children packed into U.S. detention facilities while their cases are processed.


KPYN News for Monday July 7th, 2014

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-HOT SPOT
South Texas shows drama behind illegal immigration
MISSION, Texas (AP) — The epicenter of the recent surge in illegal immigration is a 5-mile slice of deep South Texas that has become a hot spot for migrants, human smugglers and drug cartels.
This part of the U.S.-Mexico border near the town of Mission bristles with cameras, lookout towers and heavily armed patrols.
Just since October, the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector has made more than 194,000 arrests, nearly triple that of any other sector. Most are from Central America, and many are children.
They often turn themselves over to authorities after crossing the river, knowing they will eventually be released.
Parents with young children and young children traveling alone are often permitted to remain in the U.S. while their immigration cases move forward, a process that can sometimes take years.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD
Border bishop: teens entering US are fleeing violence
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Catholic bishop whose Texas diocese is receiving many of the youths crossing the border into the U.S. illegally says many of them are fleeing violence in Central America.
El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz told ABC's "This Week" that on a fact-finding trip he made late last year to Mexico and Central America, two teenagers from Honduras told him that gangs had threatened to kill them if they didn't join. He said they were among many people who told him that their lives were directly threatened.
Seitz compared young Central American refugees to people jumping from a burning building and looking for a safe place to land. He said the U.S. should treat them as asylum seekers rather than people who have entered the country illegally.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a man reported missing from a Liberian-flagged tanker in the Gulf of Mexico. The tanker called the Coast Guard for help yesterday while it was about 20 miles offshore. The missing man is the chief engineer. Crews searched yesterday by helicopter, aircraft and boat.


KPYN News for Thursday July 3rd, 2014

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues his South Texas tour by discussing a new program aiming to protect those entering the country illegally from life-threatening injuries. CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW'-skee) will hold a news conference today in Laredo. He'll outline the South Texas Safety Initiative.

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Governor Rick Perry will testify at a U.S. House Homeland Security Committee hearing about the humanitarian crisis from an overwhelming flood of unaccompanied child immigrants. Perry has criticized President Barack Obama's immigration policies that he says contributed to the problem. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended after entering the United States illegally since October.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorney General Greg Abbott says learning where dangerous chemicals are stored in Texas can be a challenge. The Republican nominee for governor has faced scrutiny since a May ruling by his office tightened public access to information about chemical stockpiles in their communities. He told reporters most people could still identify chemical facilities with a "drive around" their neighborhood.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Transportation is shutting down its toll tag customer service and website tomorrow for an upgrade. TxDOT (teks'-daht) says the new and improved TxTag (teks'-tag) customer services will launch next Wednesday. The website will offer live chat support. A new mobile website will allow account management on the go.


KPYN News for Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

MISSION, Texas (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW'-skee) will highlight the dangers of illegal immigration by visiting a South Texas riverfront park that's a busy crossing point. Today's visit to Mission comes two days after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson delivered a similar message on a visit to McAllen.

HOUSTON (AP) — An Oklahoma company that houses almost half of the worst sex offenders in Texas wants those inmates gone from three halfway houses the company runs. Avalon Correctional Services has given Texas until July 28th to remove about 60 offenders from houses in Fort Worth, Dallas and El Paso. Avalon cites an "intentional lack of communication, support and secretiveness" by the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — An aerial survey shows good rains in parts of the federally threatened lesser prairie chicken range have brought a 20 percent increase in the grouse's population from last year. The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies says there were more than 22,000 lesser prairie chickens in this year's survey. That's up from less than 19,000 last year.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The LBJ Presidential Library is marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. Experts and archivists at the Austin library are taking to Twitter today to re-enact President Lyndon B. Johnson's day as it unfolded 50 years ago. They'll tweet photos, videos and links to period documents and telephone conversations.


KPYN News for Tuesday July 1st, 2014

SUPREME COURT-BIRTH CONTROL
Justices: Can't make some employers cover contraception
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the health care law's birth control mandate.
The justices' 5-4 decision Monday means the Obama administration must search for a different way to provide free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans.
The court stressed that its ruling applies only to corporations, like the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain, which are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners.
In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito said the government could simply pay for pregnancy prevention itself. Or it could arrange for insurance companies or third-party administrators to take over the responsibility of paying for the birth control.
Critics of the decision noted that the ruling was made by five male justices, with all three women on the court dissenting.

OBAMA-BIRTH CONTROL
White House: Court ruling risks women's health
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says women's health will be jeopardized by a Supreme Court decision that allows some corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that women should make personal health decisions for themselves.
Earnest said the White House is looking into how many women could be affected by the decision. He said Congress should take action to assist women affected by the decision. The contraceptive coverage requirement is contained in Obama's new health care law.
The court's 5-4 decision means the Obama administration must find alternative ways of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Plans to ramp up patrols along the Texas-Mexico border at a potential cost of $1.3 million a week are getting new attention in the Capitol. Texas Department of Public Safety officials will testify today about border operations before the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. The hearing comes after Governor Rick Perry authorized additional spending for an "operational surge."

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The 100,000-member association of University of Texas alumni has named former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as its new president. The Texas Ex-Students' Association named the former UT cheerleader to the unpaid position. The Texas Republican will need her political skills to manage the strange relations between the university administration and alumni and the UT System Board of Regents.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Newly expanded boating rules to fight the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species statewide are now in effect. The rules were proposed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. They require boaters on lakes and rivers statewide to drain watercraft to eliminate the spread of the pests.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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