MIDLOTHIAN, Texas (AP) _ Two people have died after their small plane crashed in a wooded area after taking off from Mid-Way Regional Airport in Midlothian. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. The plane was described as a single-engine two-seat tandem aircraft.
DALLAS (AP) _ The mother of three children found starving after being shut away in a hotel bathroom has been sentenced to life in prison. The Dallas jury determined the sentence yesterday, hours after Abneris Santiago changed her plea to guilty on the third day of testimony. Santiago’s children were near death from chronic starvation.
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) _ The newly elected district clerk in Collin County and five co-workers have been indicted by a grand jury. Chief Deputy District Clerk Patricia Wysong Crigger and five others are charged with theft and falsifying time and attendance records. The Republican Crigger is scheduled to take office Jan. 1.
BOWIE, Texas (AP) _ The Montague County judge has been found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities discovered Ted Winn dead in his garage outside Bowie. The Republican was serving his first term as the county’s top administrator.
HOUSTON (AP) _ An investigation is under way after the Federal Aviation Administration says a small plane got too close to a Continental jet as it was approaching Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Continental pilot estimated he came within 100 feet of the small aircraft. No one was injured.
DEL RIO, Texas (AP) _ U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Del Rio port of entry have detained a Mexican man wanted on a warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child. Officers took Victor Eduardo Villareal Garcia, of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, into custody at the international bridge. He was being held by the Del Rio police.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The House has approved a bill to crack down on offshore drilling and remove a $75 million cap on economic liability for oil spills. Democratic leaders call the bill a comprehensive response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Republicans and some oil-state Democrats call the measure a federal power grab that would raise energy prices and kill thousands of American jobs.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White has a message for President Barack Obama: call me. Obama is scheduled to come to Texas for fundraisers on Aug. 9, but White says he’s too busy to meet with him. Republican Gov. Rick Perry says he wants to meet with Obama about border violence while the president is in town.