Paul Flahive

A day after her 17th birthday, Maya was arrested, and it was the best gift she could have gotten. Last April, for two and a half months prior to being found by the Beaumont Police, pimps forced Maya to have sex with adult men all across Texas and into Louisiana.

"I didn't sleep. If I went to sleep, I would get into trouble. And when I started falling asleep and they found out, they started giving me meth.  So I would be up. Always working. And I barely had time to shower and eat, sleeping with hundreds of people. "

Cooper Neill / Texas Tribune

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The parade of potential Republican presidential candidates speaking at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention isn’t one to make waves with the powerful gun-rights group. The contenders are sitting pretty in NRA ratings of their positions on gun issues, with scores ranging from A to A-minus.

The speakers get 10 minutes each on Friday to preach to the choir on their pro-gun bona fides. “This is the ultimate choir,” said Chip Saltsman, who ran the 2008 presidential campaign of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, among the speakers at the event. “Any time you get 70,000 pro-Second Amendment people in one place, it’s a good opportunity for anybody running on the Republican side.”

WACO — A McLennan County grand jury has indicted a woman on capital murder charges in the February death of her 2-year-old daughter.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports 21-year-old Emily Ann Hudson was arrested after authorities were called to a residence, where they found a toddler unresponsive and suffering from life-threatening injuries. Officials say the girl was flown to a Temple hospital, where she later died of head and internal injuries.

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio City Council has approved a $500,000 settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by a woman who said a former police officer raped her in 2013.

The San Antonio News-Express says the city council on Thursday approved the settlement without discussion. The plaintiff initially had sought $10 million from the city for violation of her Fourth Amendment constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

City Attorney Martha Sepeda said the city and the plaintiff arrived at the settlement amount through mediation.


AUSTIN — Dozens of survivors and relatives of soldiers who died in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting are finally getting the Purple Hearts they have felt were long overdue.

The ceremony Friday will take place at the sprawling Texas military post where an Army psychiatrist opened fire on dozens of unarmed soldiers and killed 13 people. Gunman Nidal Hasan was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to death.

Military officials had denied Purple Hearts to victims because they classified the attack as workplace violence and not an act of terrorism.