DALLAS — An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities.

Senate Bill Targeting Bullet Train Project Advances

Apr 8, 2015
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A bill that would hobble a private company’s plan to build a $12 billion high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston passed out of a Senate committee Wednesday, spurred by concerns that private landowners would see their land taken against their will for the project. 

The Senate Transportation Committee voted 5-4 to pass out Senate Bill 1601, from state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, which would strip firms developing high-speed rail projects from eminent domain authority. 

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CORPUS CHRISTI — A prosecutor on Wednesday dismissed the capital murder case against a South Texas woman after an appeals court in the fall overturned her conviction in the 2006 salt poisoning death of her 4-year-old foster son.

Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka said he dismissed the case against Hannah Overton of Corpus Christi after looking at the facts and circumstance of the case following the appeals court’s reversal. He said that included re-interviewing key witnesses and consulting some of the medical experts involved in the case.


HOUSTON — A grand jury has indicted two Harris County sergeants who are accused of leaving a mentally ill inmate unattended in his cell for weeks.

The Houston Chronicle reports Ricky D. Pickens-Wilson and John Figaroa were charged Tuesday and face up to 10 years in prison on allegations they left Terry Goodwin unattended in his jail cell. They are also charged with tampering with a governmental record for signing off on paperwork stating that Goodwin was in good condition.

A sheriff's office compliance team says Goodwin was found in his cell with insect-infested food containers, a feces-clogged toilet and ropes from his shredded jail uniform hanging from the ceiling. A whistleblower had tipped the team to the situation last fall. Investigators were not able to determine exactly how long Goodwin had been in the cell.

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AUSTIN — Ride-hailing giants Lyft and Uber left San Antonio in their rearview mirror after the nation’s seventh largest city restricted their operations, instead shifting their focus — and money — on convincing Texas lawmakers to allow them to operate statewide with fewer restrictions.

The companies are spending as much as $1 million on more than three dozen lobbyists at the Texas statehouse this session, according to Texas Ethics Commission records. The companies are pushing legislation that would supersede local rules, allowing them to operate the same way in San Antonio as they do in other Texas cities where they’re thriving.