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HOUSTON _ A black man was arrested and charged with murder in the killing of a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting that authorities said Sunday appeared to be a case of mistaken identity, not a racially motivated attack, as her family feared. Jazmine Barnes’ family had described the gunman in the Dec. 30 slaying as a white man driving a red pickup, and believed race played a role in the shooting. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez cautioned Sunday that authorities are still investigating the fatal shooting, but says it seems to be a case involving mistaken identity. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 440 words, with photos.
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TEXAS LEGISLATURE-FRESH START
AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas’ last legislative session ended with one lawmaker threatening to shoot another after reporting Hispanic protesters to immigration agents, and corporate giants from Amazon to the NFL issuing warnings over a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people. More than a year later, comes a test: whether a humbling 2018 for Texas Republicans will soften one of the most hard-right statehouses in the country. The Texas Legislature returns Tuesday, and unlike places such as Colorado and Minnesota where Democrats seized control of legislative chambers in November’s midterm elections, Republicans remain firmly in power. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 790 words, with photos.
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SANTA FE, Texas _ A Southeast Texas church has become much more than just a place to worship in the wake of last May’s shootings at a school that left 10 people dead. The Galveston County Daily News reports Aldersgate United Methodist Church is home to the Santa Fe Strong Resiliency Center, which was established following the deadly gunfire. Officials say the counseling center has had an increase of clients in the months since the shootings at Santa Fe High School in an attack blamed on a student. SENT: 310 words, with photos.
STABBING DEATH-AIR FORCE
SHREVEPORT, La. _ The Air Force says a court-martial is scheduled Monday for a Louisiana-based airman accused of stabbing his Texas roommate to death in their quarters at an Air Force base in Guam. Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards is charged with killing 20-year-old Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale, of Montgomery County, on March 26 at Andersen Air Force Base. SENT: 160 words.
_ AUSTIN-GARAGE IMPLODED _ A six-story parking garage in Austin has been imploded to make way for a student housing project near the University of Texas.
_ BURNING VEHICLE-RESCUE _ Corpus Christi police have praised the actions of officers and good Samaritans who saved a 70-year-old man from a burning vehicle before dawn on New Year’s Day.
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GALVESTON, Texas _ A murder-for-hire suspect till the end, John Litchfield _ the longtime lover of a fellow Galveston cruise ship captain imprisoned for stealing an infant’s identity _ has died of mad cow disease in a Friendswood nursing home. The Houston Chronicle reports the 70-year-old was never charged or arrested in connection with the 1988 slaying of his sweetheart’s husband in California, but for decades authorities probed the murder of Harold “Skeeter” Lyerla as a possible hired hit that netted a hefty insurance payout. Even after another man _ landscaper Victor Perea _ was convicted in the brutal stabbing, police kept the case open, hoping to snare Litchfield and his lover, Cynthia Knox. Now, even with Litchfield dead and Knox in prison for identity theft, investigators have not given up. By Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 830 words.
HOUSTON _ Following the first regular season loss in more than four years, UConn coach Geno Auriemma didn’t know how his team was going to react. The Huskies came out with energy en route to a convincing win on Sunday. Katie Lou Samuelson had 19 points, Napheesa Collier added 18 points and the top-ranked UConn Huskies rebounded from a rare regular-season loss with an 81-61 win over Houston. SENT: 660 words, with photos.
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