IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-FEDERAL FUNDING
More funds to local law enforcement on border
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Local law enforcement agencies in Texas, especially those along the border, have received millions more dollars from a federal grant program to help deal with the surge in illegal immigration.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, said in a statement Friday that law enforcement agencies across Texas received $23.1 million in Operation Stonegarden funding in the current fiscal year.
That's up from $19.4 million last year and pays for overtime and equipment that local agencies use to aid border security.
More than 57,000 unaccompanied child immigrants entered the country illegally since October, most of them crossing the Mexican border in South Texas.
Department of Homeland Security spokesman Peter Boogaard said it was recognition of "the financial impact of the recent rise in illegal migration."
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-DALLAS COUNTY
Dallas County not yet ready for child immigrants
DALLAS (AP) - Dallas County says it won't meet its goal of accepting unaccompanied immigrant children by the end of the month, as federal teams continue to assess possible sites to house them.
Judge Clay Jenkins said Friday that county and federal officials would work all weekend, but it wouldn't be enough.
Jenkins has offered three county buildings that could take 2,000 immigrants. The idea is to alleviate pressure on South Texas detention centers that have been overwhelmed.
In a statement, Jenkins said every day spent in an overcrowded border holding cell is "a terrible day for a child." He said he's "disappointed for their sake."
More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October crossing into the U.S. Most are from Central America and say they're fleeing gang violence or poverty.
No verdict yet in Ventura case; jury back Monday
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The jury weighing whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed by the author of "American Sniper" has ended the week without a verdict.
Jurors are scheduled to resume deliberations Monday.
Ventura says author Chris Kyle defamed him by fabricating a story in his best-selling memoir. Kyle wrote that he decked Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few."
To rule for Ventura, the jury must find by "clear and convincing evidence" that Kyle knew or believed his story was false, or that Kyle had serious doubts about whether it was true.
Ventura's attorney has asked for millions in damages.
Kyle died in Texas last year. The lawsuit is continuing against Kyle's estate.
Dallas County official charged with taking bribes
DALLAS (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a longtime Dallas County commissioner with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of certain projects.
John Wiley Price and three other individuals are in custody Friday after being charged in a 13-count indictment. They are set to make initial court appearances Friday afternoon.
U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña said at a news conference that during a decade-long scheme, two political consultants provided Price with $950,000 in money, cars and land.
Authorities allege that in exchange for the bribes, Price voted for lucrative contracts before commissioners court that were proposed by the consultants' clients.
Billy Ravkind, Price's attorney, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
2 men charged with leaving children in locked car
HITCHCOCK, Texas (AP) - Two men have been arrested after police say they left two children inside a locked car for about 30 minutes outside a Texas gas station.
The Galveston County Daily News reports 26-year-old Chase Everett Jackson and 20-year-old Jamaree Holmes were arrested Thursday in Hitchcock. They're each charged with one count of abandoning and endangering a child.
Police removed the two children from the car. Police chief Clay Kennelly says the children were unharmed but taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Kennelly says he doesn't know how old the children are. He says the relationship between the two men and children wasn't immediately clear.
The Galveston County clerk's office says records do not show an attorney for either man.
2 sisters found dead in East Texas apartment
QUITMAN, Texas (AP) - Two young sisters have been found dead in their East Texas apartment and an evidence tampering charge was filed against a man who allegedly was at the home.
Quitman (KWIT'-man) police Chief Kelly Cole on Friday declined to release names of the girls, ages 1 and 3. Autopsies were ordered.
An unknown male on Thursday called police to report two children not breathing. Cole didn't provide details on the caller.
Witnesses told police they saw a man running from the apartment and throwing items into a trash bin.
Police arrested Thomas Wayne Liles of Quitman on a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Online jail records don't list an attorney for Liles, who was held Friday on $25,000 bond.
Cole declined to release further information on Liles.
TCU's Fields surrenders to misdemeanor warrant
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - TCU defensive end Devonte Fields has surrendered to authorities on a misdemeanor assault warrant.
That's after TCU suspended the defensive standout earlier this week amid allegations he punched an ex-girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, "I should blast you!"
Fields surrendered to Tarrant County authorities Thursday afternoon and was released a short time later after posting bond of $3,500.
The Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year hasn't been formally charged but has been accused of a Class A misdemeanor assault, which would be punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Officers say the 20-year-old woman's right cheek was swollen and she had a cut under an eye when they arrived at a Fort Worth home early Sunday.
UT regents to meet on chancellor search
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - University of Texas System regents have set a Tuesday meeting to possibly name a finalist in their search for a new chancellor to oversee the 15-campus system.
Among the reported top candidates is Admiral William H. McRaven, who coordinated the operation to kill Osama bin Laden. McRaven is commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, headquartered in Florida.
Another reported candidate has been Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
If the regents name a finalist, the candidate must wait 21 days before being officially confirmed for the job.
The chancellor oversees the system's nine academic and six health campuses.
Current Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced in February he would step down to return full time to his job as a transplant surgeon.
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