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Author Jan Jarboe Russell has gotten a lot of national attention for her most recent book. Now she’s appearing at the San Antonio Book Festival on Saturday to talk about it. I caught up with her recently.

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FORT WORTH — American Airlines is marking a merger milestone and US Airways is one step closer toward extinction. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday granted the two airlines the authority to operate as a single carrier.

The FAA decision means that American Airlines Group Inc. can combine work forces, websites and reservations systems starting this fall, but passengers won’t notice much difference right away.

Convicted Killer Of Dallas-Area Cop Set To Die Tomorrow

Apr 8, 2015
Courtesy Texas Department of Criminal Justice

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Kent Sprouse acknowledged almost immediately after he was apprehended that he fatally shot a police officer and another man outside a Dallas-area gas station convenience store.

The 42-year-old Sprouse now is facing lethal injection Thursday evening more than a decade after Ferris Police Officer Marty Steinfeldt and a store customer, Pedro Moreno, were gunned down about 20 miles south of Dallas.

Attorneys have filed no late appeals to try to block Sprouse’s punishment. The Boone County, Missouri, native would be the fifth Texas inmate executed this year. Courts turned aside earlier appeals contending Sprouse was mentally ill and should be spared from execution.

Don’t Fear The Reefer: House Mulls Lower Pot Penalties

Apr 8, 2015
Wikipedia Commons

A Texas House committee begins hearing testimony Wednesday on a slate of bills designed to give possession of small amounts of marijuana a criminal makeover. 

Three main bills that would reduce misdemeanor marijuana possession penalties are before the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, proposed by Democratic Reps. Gene Wu and Harold Dutton of Houston, and Joe Moody of El Paso. The three are among variety of bills to be discussed that would tweak controlled substance laws. 

BRENHAM — Blue Bell Creameries says it’s expanding its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

The Texas-based dairy company announced in a statement Tuesday that no illnesses linked to those pints have been confirmed. The recall now includes the banana pudding ice cream pints and other products manufactured on the same line in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The products were distributed to retail outlets across the nation.

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