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Texas drunken driving slaying case goes to jury

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) - A jury has begun deliberating in the murder case of a Texas father accused of fatally shooting a drunken driver who had just killed his two sons in a crash.

Jurors got the case Wednesday after closing arguments in the trial of David Barajas (bah-RAH'-hahs).

He's accused of fatally shooting Jose Banda in December 2012 near Alvin, minutes after Banda hit a truck Barajas and his sons were pushing because it had run out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed.

Prosecutor Brian Hrach told jurors the justice system is based on the law, not "revenge."

Barajas' attorney, Sam Cammack, said his client's only focus the night of the crash was trying to save his sons' lives.

Barajas faces up to life in prison, if convicted.


Texas teen gets 20 years for manslaughter in crash

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - A South Texas teenager has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted in a 2012 wreck that killed nine immigrants.

The Monitor reports 17-year-old Junior Benjamin Rodriguez received his sentence Tuesday. He was 15 when he was fleeing Border Patrol agents and flipped a van carrying at least 17 immigrants.

Rodriguez had faced nine counts of murder, but prosecutors reduced the charges to nine counts of manslaughter as part of his guilty plea.

Rodriguez will be eligible for parole in 2018.

He told Hidalgo County District Judge Israel Ramon that he didn't intend for the wreck to happen and said he was "very sorry."

Ramon said it was difficult to overlook the immigrants' deaths.


Man found guilty of rape in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A man charged with two rapes last year has been found guilty in one of them.

Twenty-six-year-old Arturo Valtierra-Payan was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated sexual assault, burglary of habitation and aggravated robbery.

Prosecutors say Valtierra-Payan broke into a woman's home in June 2013. They say he threatened her with a knife and demanded money and jewelry after raping her.

Valtierra-Payan faces five to 99 years in prison and is eligible for probation.

The El Paso Times reports Valtierra-Payan was charged in a 2013 robbery and another aggravated sexual assault. He will not be tried in those cases, but evidence from those incidents will be presented during his sentencing.


Dallas officer fatally shoots man after incident

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police say an off-duty officer shot one of two men who died following a confrontation between people in separate vehicles at a gas station.

Police said in a statement that the confrontation early Wednesday resulted in gunfire. One of the cars raced away but then struck vehicles parked nearby. A man was found dead inside the car.

People in the second vehicle attempted to flee when the off-duty officer approached after seeing the disturbance. Authorities say the officer shot an armed suspect in that vehicle whose actions made the officer "believe he was in imminent danger."

The wounded man attempted to drive away but his vehicle struck cars parked at a nearby restaurant. He died at the scene.

None of the people involved have been identified.


TCU gets $30 million gift for business school

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Texas Christian University has gotten a $30 million gift toward a $100 million expansion of its business school.

TCU officials on Tuesday announced the gift from Spencer and Marlene Hays of Nashville, Tennessee. Spencer Hays is an emeritus TCU trustee and a businessman who graduated from TCU in 1959.

The expansion will be called the Marlene and Spencer Hays Business Commons.

O. Homer Erekson, the dean of the Neeley School of Business, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the donation will help them build and renovate facilities and recruit top faculty, staff and students.

The project calls for integrating new buildings with existing ones, resulting in a U-shaped complex.

Erekson says the project's timeline depends how quickly TCU can reach its $100 million goal.


Landmarks to light up for cancer telethon

NEW YORK (AP) - More than a dozen landmarks across the U.S. and Canada will light up to promote next week's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon.

Organizers say the buildings that will be illuminated starting Thursday include Rockefeller Center in New York, Toronto's CN tower and the Wrigley Building in Chicago.

The hour-long cancer fundraiser will air Sept. 5 on 31 U.S. broadcast and cable networks.

It also will air on Canadian networks and will stream live on Hulu and Yahoo in the U.S.

Other landmarks that will light up for the telethon include Houston City Hall, the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier in California.

All the lights will be some combination of red, orange, yellow or white.

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