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September 30, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Beto O'Rourke rallies with Willie Nelson

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rouke is rallying with Willie Nelson, telling thousands of supporters, "The people of the future, our kids and our grandkids, are depending on what we do at this moment."

O'Rouke, a onetime punk rocker facing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November, took the stage Saturday night in Austin to cheers from many wearing T-shirts or waving signs bearing his name. The event's slogan was "Beto for Texas. Willie for Beto."

Nelson has long supported top Democrats and he and O'Rourke are outspoken advocates for decriminalizing marijuana.

Some Texans called for online boycotts of Nelson because of his support for O'Rourke, but the country icon has shrugged those off. He and O'Rourke also shared a stage at Nelson's Fourth of July picnic this year in Austin.


Bus carrying Oklahoma students rolls over in central Texas

LAMPASAS, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a school bus carrying students from Oklahoma has rolled over along a central Texas highway.

The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. Saturday near Lampasas, about 61 miles (98 kilometers) northwest of Austin.

Police in Lampasas say the bus carrying 27 passengers including students from Norman, Oklahoma, was traveling to San Antonio when it rolled over and struck a fence.

Police say no fatalities have been reported but that some students were injured and have been taken to local hospitals. It was not immediately clear how many people were injured or the extent of their injuries.

The bus was one of two buses carrying student from Cleveland Elementary School in Norman. The cause of the rollover crash was not immediately known.


Texas man arrested in woman's stabbing death

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Texas woman at her apartment.

Dallas Police on Saturday said Jeremy 38-year-old Todd Meeks was charged with capital murder in the death of 24-year-old Lin Wang. Wang and her roommate were stabbed at their apartment on Sept. 21.

Police say Meeks was arrested on an unrelated burglary warrant on Friday and confessed to the stabbings during a video-recorded interview. An arrest affidavit says Meeks' mother also told police that her son had told her he stabbed two women and described the knife that was used. Meeks is being held at the Dallas County jail on $505,000 bond.

Wang was a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a master's degree in accounting.


Estranged boyfriend charged in "Anger Room" creator's death

(Information from: KDFW-TV,

DALLAS (AP) — A vigil is planned for a Texas woman who created an "Anger Room" where people pay to relieve stress by breaking objects a week after her estranged boyfriend was charged in her death.

Dallas television station KDFW reported Friday that 34-year-old Nathaniel Mitchell was arrested by Grand Prairie police after Donna Alexander was hospitalized with severe head injuries.

Police say Mitchell was arrested Sept. 21 and charged with aggravated assault, but that charge was upgraded to murder when Alexander died from her injuries Sept. 24. Mitchell is being held at the Tarrant County jail without bond.

Alexander in 2011 started the Anger Room, where customers wear protective equipment and smash printers, televisions and other items. A vigil is planned for Alexander on Monday night in Cole Park in Dallas.



Governor issues disaster declaration for 3 Texas counties

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state disaster for three counties recently affected by severe weather and flooding.

Abbott on Friday issued the disaster declaration for Ellis, Sutton and Tarrant counties, where he says severe weather and flooding that began on Sept. 21 has caused widespread and severe property damage.

Abbott's disaster declaration says that any regulatory statute prescribing procedures for conduct of state business or any state agency rule that would prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with the disaster in the counties shall be suspended upon his office's written approval.

The declaration also suspends any contracting or procurement statutes and rules that would impede any agency's emergency response to protect life or property threatened by the disaster in the counties.


Helicopter crash survivor rescued in Alaska; 3 missing

(Information from: Anchorage Daily News,

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued one survivor of a helicopter crash near a bay in southeast Alaska and is searching for three others.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the agency says the 14-year-old survivor of the Friday crash showed signs of mild hypothermia but is in good condition.

Officials say the crash happed near Lituya Bay, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) northwest of Juneau.

Officials say two adults and two adolescents were aboard the crashed helicopter that was reported to be brand new out of the factory.

The helicopter was on a trip that began in Grand Prairie, Texas, bound for Wasilla, Alaska

Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska, says the agency is sending investigators to the crash site.



The Latest: Texas governor says 'bathroom bill' not priority

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says a "bathroom bill" that targets transgender people isn't on his agenda if re-elected. But he stopped short of saying he would veto one if the Legislature sends it to his desk.

Abbott on Friday night was asked in a debate with Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez whether he would support another attempt at passing a North Carolina-style bill that would impose bathroom restrictions on transgender people in schools and public spaces.

Abbott went against other GOP governors in 2017 in pushing for such a bill, which was hotly opposed by Fortune 500 companies, police and sports leagues. The measure failed twice.

Abbott is a heavy favorite to win a second term. Valdez would become Texas' first Hispanic, openly gay governor if elected.


2nd Cruz-O'Rouke debate postponed due to Senate schedule

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The second debate between Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has been postponed because the Senate may be in session this weekend to vote on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Organizers announced Friday that Sunday night's event at the University of Houston was off while they work with both sides to possibly reschedule.

O'Rourke and Cruz debated last week in Dallas and had been set to meet a third time in San Antonio on Oct. 16.

O'Rourke is giving up his El Paso-based House seat to challenge Cruz. He's used monster fundraising and an energetic campaign to attract national attention.

Most polls have him within striking distance of Cruz , though a Democrat hasn't won statewide office in Texas since 1994.


Man shot outside Dallas-area high school football game

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) — Police say a 31-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot during a junior varsity football game at a Dallas-area high school.

Police Chief Derick Miller says no students were involved in the shooting Thursday night in the stadium parking lot during the third quarter of the game at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. Hebron was hosting Irving Nimitz.

The Carrollton Police Department said on Facebook that witnesses reported that two men were fighting in the stands on the home side of the field and then went to the parking lot where the shooting happened.

Miller said a 47-year-old suspect was arrested, but authorities later determined the man was acting in self-defense when he fired and was released.

Authorities have not identified the men involved.


Anita Hill struck by Kavanaugh's anger versus accuser's calm

HOUSTON (AP) — Anita Hill says one of the things that stood out to her from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearing was how his emotional and angry testimony compared to the calm words of the woman accusing him of sexual assault.

Hill gave Senate testimony in 1991 about her allegations of sexual harassment by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. She spoke Friday in Houston at a gathering of women technologists.

Hill noted that during Thursday's hearing Kavanaugh "was able to express a real anger, an aggression, as well as a lot of emotion."

She said no female Supreme Court candidate "would ever have the license to express (herself) in that way."

Hill says she was impressed with the calm and careful testimony of Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

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