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Fort Hood
12:54 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Hasan Guilty on All Counts in Fort Hood Shooting Trial

Brigitte Woosley

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 4:18 am

Update: Army Maj. Nidal Hasan has been found guilty on all counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Hasan now faces either life in prison or the death penalty. Sentencing begins Monday. 

Army psychiatrist Hasan acted as his own attorney in the case – but he did so little in his own defense that his standby counsel expressed concern that he was purposely seeking the death penalty.

Sentencing begins Monday. The sentencing phase runs similarly to a trial. The 13 members of the military panel will decide Hasan’s sentence—not the judge. Prosecutors  are expected to call 19 witnesses, including family members. They’re expected to talk about the grief they experienced losing a loved one.

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Fort Hood
11:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Jury Deliberating in Fort Hood Shooting Trial

Brigitte Woosley

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:47 pm

Update: The jury in the court martial of Major Nidal Hasan has begun to deliberate. They're considering whether or not Hasan is guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of premeditated attempted murder in the Fort Hood shooting in 2009. 

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Texas
10:59 am
Wed August 21, 2013

There's One Year Left in Obama's Deferred Action Immigration Program

Joy Diaz, KUT News

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 10:49 am

The Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative (DACA) is a two-year program

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Texas Matters
1:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Johnny Football Bigger Than The State Of Texas Itself

The cover of the September issue of Texas Monthly features Kerrville-native and Texas A&M football star Johnny Manziel.
Texas Monthly

Texas Matters: The embattled Texas school finance system continues to discriminate against districts in poorer areas. Right now the Johnny Manziel autograph controversy is one of the biggest storylines in sports, and Texas Monthly explores his role as an American anti-hero. Also on this episode: Texas contract workers have little protection from injury and wage theft, but the Workers Defense Project is trying to change that. Sunday is the 200th anniversary of the "tremendous slaughter" that was the Battle of Medina.

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Texas
10:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

7,000 Miles From Cairo: Egyptians In North Texas Watch Violence From Afar

Courtney Collins KERA News

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:48 pm

You don’t need a personal connection to Egypt to be moved by the chaos that killed hundreds yesterday.

But for Egyptians in North Texas, watching it unfurl from 7,000 miles away is exceptionally painful.

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Texas
10:29 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Tilling Past Retirement: Farming After Age 70

Courtney Collins KERA News

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 9:52 am

Watering hundreds of apple and peach trees, weeding gardens chock full of eggplant and okra, and mowing 11 acres of land is tall order for any farmer.

Just imagine doing all that at age 74.

As the average age of the American farmer is clicking steadily upward; one Tarrant County couple is farming long past retirement age.

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2014 Election
1:18 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Democrats Crank Up Pressure on Wendy Davis to Run for Governor

wewantwendydavis.com

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 1:23 pm

Update: Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa has released a statement explaining the new website gathering support for a Davis run for Governor.

"We know she can win this race. Wendy has faced long odds before – and they've never stopped her. But before she decides to run, we need to show her that we have her back."

Original post (12:04 p.m.): Texas Democrats appear on the fence over whether Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, should run for governor in 2014 – much like the candidate herself.

But with nobody else on the ballot so far, the minority party is ramping up its efforts to make sure their new rising star will have money and manpower – just in case.

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Fort Hood
10:40 am
Mon August 12, 2013

As Hasan Trial Continues, Killeen Looks to Share Its Story

Killeen Chamber of Commerce

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 11:40 am

The court martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan continues this week at Fort Hood. He’s accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 people in a shooting rampage there in November 2009.

Just beyond the gates of the Army post is in the city of Killeen. Since the start of the military trial, community leaders there have invited media covering the trial to several community events. It’s a chance to highlight the city – even if it’s not under the best of circumstances.

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Texas Matters
2:11 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Affordable Care Act Rides In Texas

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (center) joined Mayor Julián Castro (right) and his brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro, in San Antonio yesterday evening.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: With the visit of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Texas this week, key figures for and against the new health care bill are sounding off across the state. Even as the law continues to roll out, small business owners are still unsure about how they will handle employee health care. Also on this episode: A look at self-policing in the Houston Police Department.

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Fort Hood
11:20 am
Wed August 7, 2013

What You Need to Know From Day One of the Fort Hood Trial

Brigitte Woosley, sketch artist

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 10:09 am

Today marks Day Two in the trial of Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009. The trial is expected to take months – only twelve of the nearly 300 witnesses testified Tuesday. More of the prosecution’s witnesses will testify today as prosecutors continue to build a case against Hasan. 

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