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KPYN News 5/22/13
(Irving, TX) The statewide average for a gallon of
regular unleaded gasoline in Texas is now $3.43, according to the
AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is two cents more than last
week and seven cents more than last month, but it is eight cents
less than last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed,
Amarillo has the highest gas price average at $3.74 and Corpus
Christi has the lowest at $3.33. The average price in the Lone Star
State is 23 cents less than the national average which now sits at
Higher crude oil prices may be the reason why drivers in every state
are paying more for gasoline than two weeks ago, but tight supplies
as well as planned and unplanned refinery maintenance in the Midwest
and West Coast are the reasons for dramatically higher pump prices
in those regions. With the upcoming Memorial Day holiday marking the
unofficial start to summer, the demand for fuel is expected to
increase, so drivers are encouraged to be fuel efficient.
WACO, Texas (AP) The head of a federal safety board
says federal agents and the state fire marshal are blocking the
board from investigating a deadly Central Texas fertilizer plant
explosion. U.S. Chemical Safety Board chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso
says the board's probe into the blast at the West Fertilizer plant
has been blocked by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives and State Fire Marshal's Office. The April 17th blast
killed 15 people.
Despite the threat of more wild weather yesterday, north Texas
escaped unscathed. The region was under a severe tornado and
thunderstorm watch for most of the afternoon and into the evening,
but no tornadoes were reported in the area.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) House Democrats have blocked a vote on a bill
that would have mandated drug testing for some welfare applicants.
Lawmakers earlier yesterday approved a measure requiring some people
seeking unemployment insurance to undergo drug screening. But a
proposal requiring such testing for people enrolled in Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families wasn't voted on before a midnight
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A must-pass bill that is part of a Texas budget
deal remains in limbo as time is running out before a midnight
deadline in the House. The measure would ask voters this November to
approve a constitutional amendment creating a new state water fund.
If the bill doesn't pass, a budget compromise between the House and
Senate is likely to unravel.
DALLAS (AP) A North Texas man convicted of drowning his two young
sons may testify in the penalty phase of his trial. Naim Rasool
Muhammad may take the stand today, but defense attorney Paul Johnson
continues to urge against it. Muhammad could get the death penalty
for drowning 5-year-old Naim and 3-year-old Elijah in August 2011.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Senate has approved a plan to give
property tax relief to the spouses of military members killed in
combat. Yesterday's Senate vote will put the idea to voters
statewide in November.
MOORE, Okla. (AP) Walmart says it is pledging $1 million for the
recovery from the tornado that devastated Moore, and it is sending
workers from Texas and other states to the affected areas so members
of Oklahoma crews can be with their families. The Bentonville,
Ark.-based company made the announcement today and also is sending
truckloads of food, water and other basic items.
KPYN News 5/21/13
MOORE, Okla. (AP) A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical
Examiner's Office says as many as 40 more deaths could eventually be
added to the toll from a ferocious tornado that slammed into
Oklahoma City suburbs. That toll now stands at 51, including at
least 20 children. Rescuers have spent the night digging through the
rubble of destroyed buildings, including a school.
BLANKET, Texas (AP) A suspected tornado smashed a public school
complex in a small Dallas-Fort Worth area town. The Texas Department
of Public Safety reported a twister yesterday evening in Blanket.
Brown County sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Chandler says the storm
caused "massive damage" to the complex, but no injuries were
More wicked weather in the forecast for northeast Texas and
southwest Arkansas today. A strong line of storms is expected to
materialize in the early afternoon and will be capable of producing
hail, high winds, flash flooding and possibly a tornado. The storm
prediction center is classifying the Four States area as being at
moderate risk for tornadoes or serious thunderstorms.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas House has approved a plan to train
some teachers for classroom gun fights. By a voice vote last night,
lawmakers approved a proposal that would apply to public schools
that don't already employ armed guards. The plan still must clear a
final, procedural House vote before heading to the governor's desk.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law
that says 18- to 20-year-olds cannot receive a concealed handgun
license. The court ruled yesterday that the law limiting handgun
licenses is constitutional. The National Rifle Association had
brought the suit on behalf of three teenagers against the state of
Texas for denying adults under 21 from getting a license.
DALLAS (AP) A veteran Dallas firefighter has died after being
trapped while battling a six-alarm blaze at a condominium complex.
Dallas Fire-Rescue officials identified the victim of today's blaze
as 51-year-old Stanley Wilson, who had been a Dallas firefighter for
28 years. A U.S. flag covered Wilson's body when it was located and
removed from the rubble about six hours after the fire started.
KPYN News 5/20/13
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) New revisions to a major water bill calls for
ousting the six-member Texas Water Development Board and the
agency's top official. The revamped bill will be returned to the
House and Senate with one week left in the legislative session. If
approved, Governor Rick Perry would appoint a full-time,
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A decade-old Texas program would get closer
scrutiny under a bill that cleared the state House. Texas Enterprise
Fund would receive a state audit. The fund has awarded more than
$485 million to private companies looking to expand or relocate. But
critics have targeted the fund over accountability and impact.
GRANBURY, Texas (AP) Residents of a North Texas town ravaged by a
deadly tornado are starting to return to home for the first time
since the midweek storm. The process is slow because several hundred
people showed up early yesterday to register at a Granbury church.
The registration is required to return to the Rancho Brazos Estates
GRAHAM, Texas (AP) No injuries have reported after a tornado
struck near the small North Texas community of Eliasville. A house
and some barns were destroyed when the storm hit Friday night.
Authorities say three people inside the home were not hurt.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A 300-pound Fort Worth man died shortly
after police fired a Taser stun gun at him during a drug raid. Fort
Worth police used the stun gun on 34-year-old Jermaine Darden
Thursday because they say he was resisting arrest. The Fort Worth
Star-Telegram reports Darden died a short time later at a local
DALLAS (AP) A Dallas man who was in a hospital being treated for a
gunshot wound has been arrested after an auto shop owner was killed
in a shootout. The Dallas Morning News reports that 31-year-old
Rachard Angton has been charged in Friday's death of 44-year-old
Joseph Taylor. Angton was arrested early Saturday morning.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) Police have arrested a suspect in a
Shreveport man's fatal shooting. Thirty-three-year-old Frederick
Gipson was booked into jail Saturday on a second-degree murder
charge after Shreveport police officers stopped his car and arrested
County Extension Agency bring the Mobile Dairy to Atlanta Elementary
Chase Dillard, Zayin McKinney, Kylie Carnley, Hannah Blalock, Cody
Shires, Antonio Williams.
The Texarkana Arkansas Police will be out in full
force over the Memorial Day weekend enforcing the traffic laws as
needed to ensure the safety of the motoring public. In addition to
the normal violations encountered, officers will have a keen eye out
for those drivers under the influence of alcohol or other
intoxicants and will be strictly enforcing the seat belt laws.
We encourage all citizens of Texarkana to drive safely and
responsibly. As a reminder, the legal alcohol limit in Arkansas .08
and as always, the driving while intoxicated laws are strictly
enforced by the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department.
Additionally, the use of seat belts is not only encouraged but
required by Arkansas state laws. Motorists wearing seatbelts have a
higher survivability rate than motorists that do not when involved
in a traffic accident. Also, the use of child safety seats for those
under the age of 6 or 60 lbs. is required by law for children riding
in vehicles being operated on the roadways of Arkansas. These laws
are strictly enforced by members of this department
local woman has been arrested in connection with a massive coin
heist. Autumn Kee, of Texarkana, Texas, was arrested yesterday for
theft over $1500 under $20,000, by the Texarkana, Texas Police
Department. Kee is accused of stealing rare coins from a car on the
5700 block of Turtle Creek Drive and then pawning them. Kee is
being held at the Bi-State Justice Building. Her bond has been set
GRANBURY, Texas (AP) Forecasters say the tornado
that killed six people in North Texas is believed to have had winds
up to 200 mph. The National Weather Service says the preliminary
estimate for Wednesday night's twister in Granbury was an EF-4,
which means the storm carried wind speeds of 166 mph to 200 mph. The
weather service believes 10 tornadoes touched down in North Texas.
WEST, Texas (AP) Officials have competed their scene investigation
but not ruled out criminal activity as the cause of a deadly
explosion at a fertilizer plant in West. The April 17th blast at
West Fertilizer killed at least 14 people and leveled part of the
small town. State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy says officials are
ruling the cause of the fire that triggered two nearly simultaneous
blasts as undetermined.
WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. officials have identified the Fort Hood
soldier accused of sexual assault, including possibly arranging for
at least one woman to have sex for money. He is Sergeant 1st Class
Gregory McQueen, coordinator of a sexual assault prevention program
at the Texas post. McQueen has been suspended from all duties, but
has not been charged.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Governor Rick Perry is shrugging off
suggestions that his office is derailing state budget talks.
Democratic lawmakers say Perry told GOP leaders to squelch an
agreement that would have put $3.9 billion back toward education.
Perry responded today that "obviously we put substantial dollars
Drivers throughout the Lone Star State are paying on average another
three cents for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel this week. The
statewide average in Texas is now $3.41, according to the AAA Texas
Weekend Gas Watch.
KPYN AM/FM is helping raise money for the tornado victims in North
Texas by encouraging our listeners to give to Mission Granbury. One
hundred percent of your donations will go to help those in need.
Visit them online at http://missiongrandbury.org or call (817)
579-6866 for more information.
KPYN News 5/16/13
AUSTIN Juan Jose Villa, 37, a Texas 10 Most Wanted
Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested on Tuesday in
St. Charles, Mo. Villa has an extensive criminal history and was
wanted for indecency with a child by sexual contact, deadly conduct
and failure to register as a sex offender.
Through investigative leads, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Criminal Investigations Division determined that Villa had checked
into a motel in St. Charles, Mo. The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed
Villas location and arrested him without incident. The arrest was
not the result of a tip, and no reward will be paid. See the
captured bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/capturedDetails.aspx?&fugitive=Juan%20Jose%20Villa&id=165.
So far in 2013, DPS and other agencies have arrested 17 Texas 10
Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including six gang members,
and $23,500 in rewards has been paid for tips that resulted in
arrests. The cash rewards are funded by the Governors Criminal
Anyone with information can provide anonymous tips in four different
Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
Text the letters DPS followed by your tip to 274637 (CRIMES)
from your cell phone.
Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive
you have information about, and then clicking on the link under
Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted
by clicking the SUBMIT A TIP link (under the About section).
All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are anonymous.
The following link, http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/video/tipsterVideo.htm,
explains the steps on how to submit a tip regarding a Texas 10 Most
Wanted Fugitive or Sex Offender and/or how to receive a reward once
the fugitive is captured.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select
fugitives featured in the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program. To view the
current lists with photos visit the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered
armed and dangerous.
(Irving, TX) Drivers throughout the Lone Star State
are paying on average another three cents for a gallon of regular
unleaded fuel this week. The statewide average in Texas is now
$3.41, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. Of the major
metropolitan areas surveyed, Amarillo has the highest gas price
average at $3.60 and Beaumont has the lowest at $3.31.
Despite the slight increase over the last week, the statewide
average is 16 cents less than one year ago and 19 cents less than
the national average which now sits at $3.60.
The recent trend of higher prices at the pump has been nearly
universal across the country. Higher crude oil prices have put
upward pressure on retail gas prices in the country but also tight
supplies and planned and planned refinery maintenance in the
Mid-continent and West Coast have squeezed substantially higher in
Texas, however, ranks among the top ten states with the lowest gas
prices in the US right now.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas lawmakers are engaged in
tense, behind-closed-doors talks to hammer out a two-year state
budget. Lawmakers from both parties have been meeting to reconcile
differences between the House and Senate versions of the spending
plan. The main sticking points this afternoon were spending on
public education and water infrastructure.
From the Texarkana Gazette - Texarkana Regional Airport Board
members will listen to a report during their 8 a.m. meeting today on
the Federal Aviation Administrations recent decision to restore air
traffic control tower funding.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FAA
announced that all 149 airports initially placed on the control
tower funding chopping block, will receive a full funding
restoration through Sept. 30.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The House has soundly defeated a proposed
referendum that would have let voters decide whether to limit
statewide elected officials to two consecutive terms. The proposal
easily cleared the Senate but failed on a 61 to 88 vote in the lower
chamber today. It would not have applied to state representatives or
GRANBURY, Texas (AP) Officials say at least six people were killed
following a tornado in North Texas. Authorities in Granbury say the
fatalities occurred yesterday as the twister tore through two
neighborhoods. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds also says dozens were
DALLAS (AP) The attorney for a North Texas man who drowned two of
his sons says his client acted out of fear the boys would grow up to
be just like him. Paul Johnson addressed jurors yesterday as Naim
Muhammad's trial entered its penalty phase. The jury deliberated
less than 10 minutes before convicting Muhammad in the August 2011
deaths of his two sons.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) A 37-year-old Houston man convicted of
killing a police officer has been executed. Jeffrey Williams
received lethal injection yesterday evening after the U.S. Supreme
Court rejected a last-day appeal. Williams was convicted of shooting
Houston officer Troy Blando to death 14 years ago.