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AUSTIN — Mad Men star Jon Hamm took part in a violent college hazing in 1990 at the University of Texas that led to criminal charges and to the fraternity chapter permanently disbanding, according to court and school records obtained Thursday.

The Emmy-nominated actor had not previously been publicly linked to a lawsuit filed by a Sigma Nu pledge, who said he was severely beaten, dragged by a hammer and had his pants lit on fire. In the 1991 lawsuit, the pledge said Hamm participated “till the very end.”

Criminal records show Hamm, now 44, was charged with hazing and received deferred adjudication, which under Texas law means he had to successfully complete probation but was never convicted. A separate charge of assault was dismissed. Representatives for Hamm and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — Court records say the chief and assistant chief of a volunteer fire department in a small town south of Dallas knew of a sexual assault at their station, but didn’t report it to authorities and instructed the suspects and victim not to report it.

The fire chief, 31-year-old Gavin Satterfield, and assistant fire chief, 34-year-old Billy Getzendaner, were arrested Thursday and released on bond. They face charges of tampering with a witness.

Ellis County Emergency Services District 6, which oversees the department, suspended the chiefs Thursday.

Water Main Repair Along 281 Will Affect Sonterra Road Area

Apr 9, 2015
Texas Public Radio

SAN ANTONIO — A 20-inch water main along 281 southbound has developed a leak and will need to be repaired immediately.

There’s a temporary patch in place, but over this weekend, San Antonio Water System (SAWS) crews will remove the main to make more permanent repairs. That work will happen overnight Saturday into Sunday (April 11-12, about 10 p.m to 8 a.m).

What this means is that though businesses along Sonterra Road, including the Methodist Hospital at Stone Oak, several office buildings and clinics, and homes in the area will have water, there will be reduced water pressure overnight on Saturday, over the hours of the repair.

Ryan E. Poppe

The Republican majority in the Texas House on Wednesday announced details of a plan to provide $4.7 billion in tax relief this session. Budget writers say their plan, unlike the Senate’s, will benefit every Texas family without threatening the state-spending cap.

AUSTIN — A proposal to change the state’s definition of who is considered an adult in the criminal justice system is on its way to the Texas House.

The bill to classify 17-year-olds as juveniles, could yet be stymied by Democratic Sen. John Whitmire. He oversees criminal justice issues in the Senate, and has said he's opposed to raising the age.

But many others support raising it to 18.

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