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January 19 is General Robert E. Lee's birthday. It’s also the date of an official Texas state holiday Confederate Heroes Day. This year it happened to also be the date of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

It was one hundred years ago that South Texas was the scene of an out break of violence that targeted Mexican Americans who lived in the region. Some historians say there was an undeclared war against Mexico and Texas Rangers were given free rein to fight the bandits. Any Ranger was a mounted judge, jury and executioner for anyone they suspected of sympathizing with Mexico.

Last year, 21,000 inmates were released in Huntsville, Texas — one of the largest prison towns in America. For most of them, their gateway to the free world is the Huntsville Greyhound station.

Monday through Friday, the glass doors swing open on the front of the Civil War-era, red-brick prison they call "The Walls." The inmates exit and shuffle along the sidewalk, some smiling, some pensive, shouldering potato sacks full of belongings. Most of them don't have loved ones waiting, so they continue walking the two blocks to the bus station — single file, out of habit.

WAXAHACHIE, Texas — Court records say the chief and assistant chief of a volunteer fire department in a small town south of Dallas knew of a sexual assault at their station, but didn’t report it to authorities and instructed the suspects and victim not to report it.

The fire chief, 31-year-old Gavin Satterfield, and assistant fire chief, 34-year-old Billy Getzendaner, were arrested Thursday and released on bond. They face charges of tampering with a witness.

Ellis County Emergency Services District 6, which oversees the department, suspended the chiefs Thursday.

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio police say a man is dead after leading officers on a vehicle chase that ended in a shootout. They say it’s unknown if the suspect, who wasn’t identified, had shot himself in the head, or, if the wound was caused by police bullets.

The police department said an officer attempted to pull the suspect over Wednesday for a traffic stop at Loop 410, but the suspect fled. Police later spotted the suspect’s vehicle in a parking lot, but he fled again, leading officers on a chase.

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