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BALTIMORE — Saying that Freddie Gray's death in police custody was a homicide, State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said on Friday that all six officers in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been charged.

One officer faces a second-degree murder charge while the other officers face manslaughter or assault charges, among others. Mosby says the officers failed to get Gray medical help even though he requested it repeatedly after he was arrested April 12. She called his arrest illegal.

At some point while he was in custody, he suffered a mysterious spinal injury and died a week later.

Earlier on Friday, the Baltimore police officers union asked Mosby to appoint a special independent prosecutor for the investigation.

Bill That Makes It Harder to Sue Insurers Clears Texas Senate

May 1, 2015
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A controversial bill that would make it harder for homeowners and companies to recover certain damages from their insurance companies — cheered by the insurance industry and criticized by liberal groups and some businesses — cleared the Texas Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 1628 by state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, would make broad changes to the way homeowners and businesses can sue insurance companies who don’t deal with them fairly, or don’t adequately pay out on claims made under property and casualty insurance policies, such as losses after a storm, fire or accident.

The bill would establish a two-year time limit on seeking claims.

Higher Taxes Loom With Rising Property Values

May 1, 2015

Local homeowners are suffering sticker shock after seeing a double-digit percentage increase in the appraised value of their property. Residential real estate values are up an average of 11 percent this year in Bexar County, a reflection of the area’s sizzling housing market. That’s on top of a 7 percent increase last year, which snapped a string of years with flat or falling assessments.

City Council Approves Pet Microchip License Ordinance

May 1, 2015

The San Antonio City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to utilize microchip implants to license pets living within the city limits. The city will be the largest in the nation to use microchipping as its primary means of pet licensing when the ordinance goes into effect on June 30. Pet owners with valid metal license tags will not be required to microchip their dog or cat until the license expires.

Gov. Abbott’s Letter Elevates Jade Helm 15 Concerns

May 1, 2015
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In recent days, Pat Calhoun has found himself reassuring jittery residents of Goliad County that there is nothing to fear about Jade Helm 15, a planned military training exercise that has become a fascination of conspiracy theorists. A retired Marine, the county judge has taken part in similar operations and knows the drill — literally.

“I know what's going on with this,” Calhoun said Thursday. “You don’t have anything to be afraid of in our military.”

The two-month simulation, slated to begin in July in states throughout the Southwest, has nonetheless spooked some Texans, leaving local officials scrambling to assuage constituent anxieties about an operation even the military characterizes as unusual in its “size and scope.”

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