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AUSTIN — University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson says the Longhorns could play football in Mexico City by 2020 as UT considers expanding its brand internationally.

Patterson, who took over as athletic director 19 months ago, spoke at the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Southwest Region meeting Sunday in Austin. Patterson says UT has a natural advantage because of its proximity to what he considers to be a lucrative fan base in Mexico.

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets are heading to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers. “It’s the ultimate confidence-booster,” James Harden said. “There’s only a handful of teams that’s done that. We fought back. We fought three really hard games and came away with it.”

Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Rockets never trailed in a 113-100 victory over the Clippers on Sunday, sending them to the conference finals for the first time since 1997.

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DALLAS — Another storm system moving through rain-soaked Texas has brought flash flood warnings and high-water rescues of residents and motorists overwhelmed by torrential rains.

National Weather Service senior meteorologist Eric Martello said Sunday that parts of Dallas-Fort Worth received up to 5 inches of rain overnight.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport so far this year has received nearly 21 inches of rain, some 6 inches above normal.

WFAA-TV in Dallas reports Johnson County, south of Fort Worth, received 5 to 8 inches, requiring the evacuation of people from their homes.

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WACO — A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Central Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday. The violence erupted shortly after noon at a busy Waco shopping center along Interstate 35 that draws a large lunchtime crowd. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said eight people died at the scene of the shooting at Twin Peaks restaurant and another person died at a hospital.

The nine killed were all members of biker gangs, he said, as were the 18 people who were taken to hospitals with injuries that include stab and gunshot wounds. “This is probably one of the most gruesome crime scenes I’ve ever seen in my 34 years of law enforcement,” Swanton said. Dozens of motorcycles were parked in a nearby lot Sunday. Bodies were found in the parking lot of Twin Peaks and in another adjacent lot for a family restaurant. At least 100 people were detained, Swanton said late Sunday night.

Abbott Signs ‘Kari’s Law’ To Make Calling 911 Easier

May 16, 2015
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AUSTIN — On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law that required establishments like hotels and motels to make it easier to dial 911. “There’s a lesson virtually every parent teaches their child – if you face an emergency, call 9-1-1.”

By Gov. Abbott’s side, during the signing of Senate Bill 788 were the bill’s authors, Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) and Kari Rene Hunt Dunn’s family.

She was murdered in December 2013 at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Marshall by her estranged husband, Brad Allen Dunn.