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HUNTSVILLE, Texas _ Chaos erupted outside Texas’ death chamber Thursday night when the son of the condemned inmate pounded on the chamber windows, shouted obscenities and threw fists after his father spoke his final words. Billie Wayne Coble, a Vietnam War veteran who killed his estranged wife’s parents and brother and threated to do the same to her in 1989, told the five witnesses he selected to attend his execution that he loved them. As Coble finished speaking, his son, a friend and a daughter-in-law became emotional, throwing fists and kicking at others in the witness area. Two were arrested on charges of resisting an officer. By Michael Graczyk and Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 750 words, with photo.
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WASHINGTON _ Senate opponents of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border have moved very close to having enough votes to prevail, and one Republican suggested the president risks a rebuff by the GOP-led chamber if he doesn’t change course. Trump’s move would “turn a border crisis into a constitutional crisis,” veteran Sen. Lamar Alexander said on the Senate floor Thursday. But he stopped just short of saying he’d support a resolution blocking the president’s move. By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor. SENT: 820 words, with photos.
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.
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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.
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