The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — An attorney representing the widow of American Sniper author Chris Kyle claims both a judge and jury made mistakes that led to a $1.8 million defamation verdict in favor of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.

In a brief filed Wednesday, Taya Kyle’s lawyer says the verdict contradicted evidence, violated the First Amendment and should be overturned by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Star Tribune ( reports that attorney John Borger argued the account didn’t meet the legal threshold for defamation.

Ventura’s lawsuit alleged Chris Kyle fabricated claims in his autobiography about punching Ventura after he made offensive comments about Navy SEALS in a California bar. Ventura says it never happened.

AUSTIN — Getting the best seats for Texas sporting events could cost more as part of a new loyalty points system. The UT Athletics Department on Tuesday announced what it calls a simplified process to determine priority for season tickets, parking, postseason games and other high-demand events.

SAN ANTONIO — At least one person was killed in the crash of a World War II-style aircraft that crashed near San Antonio in a large wooded area owned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

San Antonio fire spokeswoman Deborah Foster says emergency crews reported no survivors at the site of the downed aircraft in Government Canyon State Natural Area, about 30 miles northwest of San Antonio. She said crew members were not certain about the number of people killed as the aircraft was a two-seater.

San Antonio — A group of South Texas third graders gathered at a community college in 2006 to bury a time capsule, with a promise from the school they’d be offered two-year scholarships if they graduated from high school.

Now nine years later, the students are seniors at South San Antonio High School and are on their way to fulfilling their end of the bargain. They met at Palo Alto College on Tuesday to read letters they wrote to themselves and collect toys they once cherished, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

DEL RIO, Texas — Eight more people are headed to federal prison in a public corruption probe involving a South Texas county.

Ex-Maverick County Commissioner Eliaz Maldonado was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay $173,000. Maldonado pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe in a construction bidding scam since 2010.

Three ex-county workers and four Eagle Pass businessmen were also sentenced in Del Rio, for terms up to 10 years. All pleaded guilty to theft or bribery counts.