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  Some Bexar County residents are part of a group that is trying to stop legislation that would allow the state to override local government ordinances. The bipartisan coalition is on its way to the State Capitol on Tuesday.

Bills in the Texas House and Senate, if approved, would limit the ability of local governments to pass ordinances or policies without the approval of the Texas Attorney General or state lawmakers.

Jamey Vogel / Hill Country Fruit Growers

It is expected to be a prolific season for Texas Hill Country peaches, thanks to some ideal weather conditions this winter.  

Jamey Vogel, president of the Hill Country Fruit Council, said that the late cold weather has been good for Texas peaches. “We have had really good chilling hours this winter, which is really important for the buds to break out of dormancy, which they’re doing now,” he said.

DALLAS — Dallas police are investigating the killing of an Iraqi man who was shot to death as he took photos of his first ever snowstorm.

Police are searching for four young suspects in the killing of 36-year-old Ahmed Al-Jumaili last Wednesday night. Authorities do not know if Al-Jumaili was targeted.

Alia Salem, executive director of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Monday that Al-Jumaili had escaped violence in Iraq and had been in Dallas for just 20 days when he was shot.

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NORMAN, Okla. — A racist chant by several members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity that was caught on video led to outrage from the school’s president and the organization’s banishment from campus, but fallout from the incident appears far from over.

President David Boren said an investigation is underway to determine if some of the students could be expelled for violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination. The video, which was posted online, shows several people on a bus participating in a chant that included a racial slur, referenced lynching and indicated black students would never be admitted to OU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. “We are also going to look at any individual perpetrators, particularly those that we think took a lead in this kind of activity,” Boren said.

A top high school recruit de-committed from the university on Monday after seeing the video. And an online fundraiser has been launched to help support an African-American cook who worked at the fraternity for about a decade.

Musician Willie Ruff On Lockbourne Air Base In 1949

Mar 10, 2015
Wikipedia

Musician and educator Willie Ruff was born in Sheffield, Alabama in 1931.  He was only 13 years old when his mother died. Relatives moved him north, where a cousin convinced him he should join the military. Forging his father's signature, Ruff was able to begin his military service at the age of 14. His commanding officer challenged him for misrepresenting his age, asking: "Does your mama know where you are?" When Ruff replied that his mama was dead the commander allowed Ruff to stay in the military.

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