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ELECTION 2020-TEXAS SENATE
AUSTIN, Texas _ Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas is acknowledging that he will “seriously consider” running for U.S. Senate in 2020 against Republican John Cornyn. His campaign on Friday confirmed Castro’s interest a day after his twin brother, Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, told The Associated Press his sibling is mulling a challenge against Cornyn. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 570 words, with photo.
DEATH ROW-CASE REVIEW
HOUSTON _ A district attorney says a review of a former Texas death row inmate’s case has determined he is innocent of fatally shooting a Houston police officer nearly 16 years ago. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday that a nine-month review by a special prosecutor has found that Alfred Dewayne Brown was not responsible for the April 2003 slaying of Officer Charles Clark during a robbery of a check-cashing store. Ogg says Brown was wrongly convicted due to prosecutorial misconduct. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 400 words, pursuing photos.
MISSING GIRL-BODY FOUND
DALLAS _ Prosecutors have dropped a child-abandonment charge against a Dallas-area woman who’s been in jail for more than a year following the death of her 3-year-old daughter whose body was found in a culvert. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Friday that its dropping the charge against 36-year-old Sini Mathews for lack of evidence. Jail records show Mathews was being held Friday on $250,000 bond. She’s expected to be released later in the day. Her husband remains in custody accused of killing the girl. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, pursuing photos.
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DALLAS CITY COUNCIL-GUILTY PLEA
DALLAS _ A former Dallas City Council member has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a real estate developer while serving on the council’s Housing Committee. A federal plea agreement unsealed Friday says Carolyn Davis took the developer’s money from November 2013 to June 2015 in exchange for help winning approval for an affordable housing project. By Jake Bleiberg. SENT: 260 words, pursuing photo.
DALLAS _ Southwest is suing its mechanics’ union over what it claims is an illegal work slowdown that is grounding planes and disrupting flights. It’s Southwest’s second lawsuit in three years against the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association and the result of raw feelings on both sides after more than six years of fruitless contract negotiations. The airline filed the lawsuit late Thursday in federal district court in Dallas. By David Koenig. SENT: 250 words. Could develop.
JENKS, Okla. _ Texas-based paper products retailer Kimberly-Clark has announced plans for a $120 million investment in a Tulsa, Oklahoma-area plant, creating 50 new jobs. UPCOMING: 250 words.
_ BALMORHEA POOL-DAMAGE _ An icon spring-fed swimming pool in West Texas that closed last year for repairs has reopened following $2 million in upgrades. With photo.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
PEÑITAS, Texas _ Norma Mandujano Herrera prayed before the grave of her great-grandmother, Sinforosa Perez Mandujano, where she lay interred in the St. Anthony Cemetery when a man approached her. The Monitor reports the man, 96 years old, said that not only had her great-grandmother delivered him, but she was also responsible for delivering more than 90 percent of newborns as the town midwife. Peñitas last month unveiled a historical marker at the cemetery granted by the Texas Historical Commission, the first such designation for the city. By Berenice Garcia, The Monitor. SENT: 490 words, pursuing photos.
Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel could wind up as part of the Alliance of American Football. Or he could not. The new league is in a holding pattern regarding the quarterback who had his contract terminated this week by the CFL. The AAF is entering its fourth weekend. The San Antonio Commanders would have the first shot at Manziel because he went to Texas A&M, and he would go through the league’s waiver process should the Commanders pass on him. SENT: 310 words, with photo.
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