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October 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

BIRTHDAY PARTY SHOOTING

4 men killed in shooting at child's birthday party in Texas

TAFT, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a party in South Texas to mark a toddler's first birthday erupted in gunfire, leaving four men dead and a fifth man wounded.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the shooting happened shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday in Taft, 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Corpus Christi. Sgt. Nathan Brandley said an argument escalated into a deadly shooting.

Brandley says one suspect is in custody. He says a second suspect hasn't yet been arrested.

Brandley identified those killed as 62-year-old Juan Espinoza Sr.; 20-year-old Juan Sandoval III; 22-year-old Jeremy Sandoval; and 25-year-old Nicky Sandoval.

He says the suspects and victims are distant relatives.

The wounded man, 43-year-old Juan Espinoza Jr., was airlifted to a Corpus Christi hospital. Brandley says he's expected to survive.

WEST TEXAS FLOODING

3rd person found dead days after raging Texas floodwaters

JUNCTION, Texas (AP) — Searchers have located the remains of a third person several days after raging floodwaters overtook a small city in West Texas.

A news release from Texas A&M Forest Service spokeswoman Christi Powers says the remains were found Saturday evening near Yates Crossing in Junction, a small city alongside the South Llano River. The floodwaters had prompted dramatic rescues by water and air on Monday.

Crews have been looking specifically for four people who went missing when an RV park in Junction was washed away. Two of their bodies were found Thursday, miles downriver from the RV park. It was not immediately clear whether the remains found Saturday belonged to one of the other two missing people.

BORDER PATROL-MISCONDUCT

Immigrants face hurdles to prove abuse by US agents

HOUSTON (AP) — Immigration authorities detain and process thousands of people every month who cross the U.S. border without permission.

But when detained people try to make claims of misconduct, advocates say they run into a series of hurdles that make their complaints difficult to substantiate.

An internal government report details the hurdles faced by two sisters who accused a Border Patrol agent of conducting an improper strip search.

In July 2016, two sisters reported within hours of being detained that an agent ordered them to remove their clothes. The allegations included that he touched their genitals during the search. The agent denied the allegations.

Border Patrol guidelines prohibit male agents to strip-search female detainees "except in exigent circumstances," and only then with another agent present to observe.

Despite the sisters' testimony, investigators dismissed the case for lack of evidence.

FATAL CRASH-MCCURTAIN COUNTY

Texas woman dead in one-car crash in southeast Oklahoma

IDABEL, Okla. (AP) — A northeast Texas woman has died of injuries incurred in a one-car crash in southeastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 68-year-old Patricia Lynn Pope of DeKalb (deh-KAB'), Texas, was a passenger in a car heading south on a rain-slick U.S. 259 at an unsafe speed Saturday night. She died at McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma.

The driver, 67-year-old Robert Henry Stroman of New Boston, Texas, and his 70-year-old wife, Barbara Ann Stroman, are in stable condition at McCurtain Memorial in Idabel.

An OHP statement says the car hydroplaned off the side of the highway and crashed.

CAL-MAINE PURCHASE

Nation's largest egg producer buying Texas egg farm

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The nation's largest producer of fresh eggs is buying a Texas egg producer.

Cal-Maine Foods of Jackson, Mississippi, announced Wednesday that it would buy Featherland Egg Farms.

Featherland has 600,000 egg-laying hens and a feed mill and other facilities near Marion, Texas, outside San Antonio.

No price or other terms were announced. Cal-Maine says it expects to complete the purchase in coming weeks.

Chairman and CEO Dolph Baker says Featherland was attractive in part because it's near other Cal-Maine facilities and major markets in south Texas. He says the acquisition will give Cal-Maine greater market reach.

Cal-Maine has 42 egg-producing facilities in 15 states, mostly in the South and Texas.

TEXAS-CANNABIS EXTRACT

Texas stores selling cannabis extract cannabidiol popping up

(Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some stores around Texas have begun selling the cannabis extract known as CBD, despite the lack of any state law specifically legalizing the sale.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the sale of products containing CBD, or cannabidiol, is occurring in a legal grey area. Law enforcement officials, prosecutors and pro-cannabis activists disagreeing among themselves whether the sales are legal.

CBD is a non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana and hemp that has been marketed as therapy for many afflictions, from chronic pain to insomnia.

Texas lawmakers approved a restrictive medical cannabis law in 2015 that allows dispensaries licensed by the state to make and sell products containing CBD in greater concentrations than what some are now freely retailing.

If unlicensed sales are illegal, the sale could be punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. If possession is illegal, it could be punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

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