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HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas inmate scheduled to be executed Thursday evening has insisted he didn’t fatally run over his girlfriend in a jealous rage more than 18 years ago. Daniel Acker was condemned for the March 2000 slaying of Marquetta George of Sulphur Springs. Prosecutors said he ran over George with his truck in rural northeast Texas because he believed she had been unfaithful to him. The 46-year-old Acker would become the 18th convicted killer put to death this year in the U.S. and the 10th given a lethal injection in Texas. Acker would be the second Texas inmate put to death in as many days. By Michael Graczyk and Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 620 words, with photos. Will be updated.
LOS ANGELES — A man with a history of violence who’d been deported from the United States six times wasn’t flagged for arrest by Houston police and fled to California, where he’s now charged in a series of killings, authorities said. Ramon Escobar, 47, came to the attention of Houston police when his aunt and uncle disappeared in August but he was released since no foul play was suspected, Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said Wednesday. However, Smith added that foul play was now suspected in the disappearances. By Christopher Weber and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 720 words, with photos, video.
DALLAS — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday will release new findings on the amount of precipitation Texas can expect in coming years. The atmospheric studies that currently guide precipitation forecasts and estimates are some 50 years old and increasingly irrelevant in light of powerful storms like Hurricane Harvey that strike Texas with greater regularity. NOAA data is meant to help local and state officials prepare for flooding and minimize the impacts of severe weather. By David Warren. UPCOMING: 400 words.
MIAMI — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is on a path to dump heavy rains that could bring dangerous flooding to the eastern Caribbean. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe. SENT: 120 words. Developing.
HALTOM CITY, Texas — Some immigration-rights activists in North Texas say they’re surprised and disturbed that a city manager called police as they stood outside the official’s office earlier this month. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Haltom City was one of a dozen Tarrant County cities targeted by the group United Fort Worth. UPCOMING: 250 words.
— CASE DISMISSED-DEPUTY — A former Houston-area deputy has been acquitted in a 2011 videotaped traffic stop in which he was accused of kicking a handcuffed driver who was on the ground.
— ARKANSAS-CORRUPTION SENTENCING — Former Arkansas state Sen. Jon Woods has reported to a federal prison in Texas to begin a more than 18-year prison sentence for bribery .
— HURRICANE FLORENCE-COWBOYS — A team of people led by a Virginia man called the “Hurricane Cowboy,” in a reference to Harvey last year in Texas, is working to rescue animals in the Carolinas abandoned during Hurricane Florence.
— DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER-WAYNE STATE — A roughly century-old partnership between a Detroit hospital and university medical school that was at risk of being severed will continue under a newly approved deal.
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