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HATTIESBURG, Miss.— With lowered flags and prayers, a southern Mississippi city is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance Monday.

Red roses decorated a chain-link fence Sunday near the spot where officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were killed, and worshippers remembered the men in a small brick church just a few dozen yards from the scene.

“It’s sad. It’s just a tragedy,” Dorothy Thompson said outside New Hope Baptist Church after a Mother’s Day service that included prayers for the officers and their families. Nearby, bloodstains still marked the asphalt where gunfire erupted Saturday night during what authorities described as a routine traffic stop gone awry.

A memorial event was scheduled for the men at the city convention center Monday afternoon. Also Monday, an initial court appearance was set in Forrest County for Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, who were each charged with two counts of capital murder.

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On Monday morning, Texas awoke after a night that saw more than saw devastating damage across several Texas counties from tornadoes, flooding and severe storms. Given that the National Weather Service forecasts currently indicate the possibility of more severe thunderstorms, hail, damaging winds, flash floods and twisters across Texas into Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC).

By Monday evening, Gov. Abbott had declared a state of disaster in several Texas counties hit in recent days by severe weather — Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties. The declaration authorizes further mobilization of state resources to assist impacted communities.

  The campaign headquarters of former state senator Leticia Van de Putte vibrated with wild cheering shortly after the polls closed at 7 p.m.  The early vote showed Van de Putte leading a field of 14 candidates running for San Antonio mayor, and she remained in first place throughout the evening as Election Day tallies rolled in.

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DALLAS — The fire chief in the North Texas town of Cisco says one person has been killed after a tornado swept through the area. Chief Walter Fairbanks had no other details early Saturday evening. Damage was reported after the tornado hit Saturday afternoon in Eastland County, about 100 miles west of Fort Worth.

An official said homes have been destroyed and some people are unaccounted for after a tornado struck a rural farming and ranching area. Eastland County Judge Rex Fields said there was “considerable amount of damage” in the county. He said damage assessment was difficult Saturday because of heavy rains.

A second tornado touched down near Wichita Falls. A police dispatcher in Burkburnett, who declined to give her name due to department policy, said that the tornado touched down north of town.

If history is an indicator, roughly nine out of 10 registered voters in San Antonio still won’t be participating at all. The average turnout rate for city voters was slightly more than 10 percent in past mayoral races from 2003 to 2013 during early voting and on Election Day. The most robust turnout topped 16 percent — but that was a decade ago.

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