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FORT HOOD — An Army officer admitted to a military tribunal Wednesday that he betrayed his role at Fort Hood as an advocate for victims of sexual abuse by organizing a prostitution ring at the sprawling Central Texas base.

Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, under questioning by a military judge, explained how he recruited three cash-strapped female soldiers to join the ring. One was told she could make plenty of money at “swinger parties, stripper parties,” the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Courtesy keystone-xl.com

LINCOLN, Neb. — Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline appealed to Nebraska lawmakers on Wednesday in their latest effort to overturn the state law that allowed former Gov. Dave Heineman to approve a route through the state.

About 60 landowners and activists rallied at the state Capitol in Lincoln as pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. defended its use of eminent domain to gain access to property owned by holdouts.

Their arguments in a nearly five-hour hearing included several testy exchanges with senators who support the pipeline. Opponents asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would reverse the 2012 pipeline-siting law.

The law allowed TransCanada to bypass Nebraska’s Public Service Commission, which reviews most pipeline proposals, and seek approval instead through a state agency overseen by the governor. Heineman, a Republican, supported the project.

DALLAS — A handful of protesters took to the street in front of the home of a former University of Oklahoma student and fraternity member who was shown in a video leading a racist chant aboard a bus.

About 20 demonstrators Wednesday evening marched up and down the North Dallas residential street in front of the home of Parker Rice. Watching them were about two dozen news media representatives and six police officers.

The protesters chanted, “Racism is taught,” and, “Racism is a choice.”

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

  Convicted murderer Manuel Vasquez, of Bexar County, is set to die via lethal injection on Wednesday night. His execution and one more next week will exhaust the state of Texas’ remaining supply of the execution drug pentobarbital. With four more executions slated for next month, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is weighing its options.

Jack Morgan

There’s a lot of buzz about a project hovering above the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade. Enter the Omni lobby and look up. About three floors above you, outside the window you’ll see tell-tale white, stacked boxes sitting in an unusual rooftop garden.

 

"On the roof here we have ten beehives," explained Walter Schumacher with pride.

Schumacher is the director of Central Texas Bee Rescue.  Those bees invaded a San Antonio home last August.  Schumacher removed them and moved them to the Omni's roof garden.

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