ABORTION CLINIC-SOUTH TEXAS
Lone abortion clinic in Corpus Christi sees surge
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - The physician who runs an abortion clinic in Corpus Christi says his patient load has tripled since similar clinics in the Rio Grande Valley have closed because of tougher state-imposed restrictions.
Dr. Eduardo Aquino's clinic is the only one along the Texas Coastal Bend.
He tells the Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/1cj9iKu ) he doesn't need to continue the procedures but believes women should have access to them.
Aquino has been based in San Antonio for 13 years but retained admitting privileges at a Corpus Christi medical system. That puts him in compliance with a state requirement that physicians who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles.
Aquino also says his clinic may be too small and outdated to comply with other state provisions taking effect in 2014.
Outages in North Texas dropping
DALLAS (AP) - Power outages in North Texas following an ice storm have been dropping as Oncor crews work around the clock.
Oncor reports less than 35,000 outages in the North Texas area as of Sunday morning. That's down from a peak of more than 270,000 on Friday, after the area was pelted with an ice storm that resulted in ice-laden tree limbs falling and downing power lines.
The electric company expects total restoration by late Sunday night.
By Sunday morning, almost 5,000 Oncor employees, contractors and utility workers from other several other states were working to restore power.
2014 races shape up with filing deadline
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The time has come for Texas politicos to either put up or shut up for the 2014 elections.
Republicans who think an incumbent is too liberal, or Democrats pondering a race where no one is seeking the party's nomination, have until the close of business Monday to file their candidacy paperwork. So far there are a lot of the former and not many of the latter.
Of the 15 statewide offices up for election, 36 Republicans and 15 Democrats have filed candidate paperwork with the Texas secretary of state's office. No Democrat was on the agency's list for any of the four Texas Supreme Court and three Court of Criminal Appeals races.
The primary election is set for March 4. No Democrat has won statewide office since 1994.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY-DWI ARREST
Travis County DA facing civil suit; could be fired
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
The trial set to start Monday stems from Lehmberg's drunken driving arrest in April.
She pleaded guilty and remained on the job.
But the Austin American Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1jAC93L ) the civil trial beginning Monday will focus on whether she's emotionally able to continue in office, whether she has an addiction and whether the public's interest is better served by having someone else as the county's chief felony prosecutor.
The petition seeking her removal has been filed by Austin attorney Kerry O'Brien. He believes the integrity of the office is compromised as long as she's there.
A visiting judge from San Antonio will rule in the case.
SHALE FIRM-LAWSUIT JUDGMENT
South Texas jury awards $281 million in lawsuit
CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas (AP) - The family of a man killed by a part breaking off a truck doing Eagle Ford Shale oilfield work has won a $281 million lawsuit judgment from a South Texas jury.
The Dimmit County lawsuit stemmed from the May, 29, 2012, death of Carlos Aguilar. He was struck by a drive shaft from a tractor-trailer truck belonging to Heckmann Water Resources, an oil patch supplier in Pleasanton, near San Antonio.
Aguilar was in a pickup hit by the flying piece that went through the windshield, killing him.
A jury late Thursday agreed with a negligence lawsuit by Aguilar's family that Heckmann didn't properly maintain the truck. The verdict included $100 million in punitive damages.
Company attorney Rick Reyna didn't immediately respond to a message Sunday from The Associated Press.
Corpus Christi traffic stop leads to weapons cache
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Three men and a juvenile are in custody in Corpus Christi after police say a traffic stop led officers to a cache of stolen weapons and other items.
Police say guns, ammunition, night vision goggles and other items stolen in vehicle burglaries have been recovered.
An officer pulled over a car for a broken tail light and found the four people inside the vehicle had marijuana. Then police, working with Texas Parks and Wildlife officers and federal agents, obtained a search warrant and found the stolen goods at their homes and inside three other vehicles Saturday.
The people being held are identified initially as two 19 year olds, one 18 and a 15-year-old.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1f9Thud) the case remains under investigation and additional charges are expected.
San Antonio officer shot; 2 arrested.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio police officer has been shot in the head and critically wounded during a car chase involving what authorities say were armed robbery suspects.
The officer, a seven-year veteran of the department, is in intensive care at San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Two men were taken into custody after daybreak Sunday in a rural area south of the city in neighboring Wilson County as police using tracking dogs and helicopters joined the hunt.
The case began with a store robbery. Authorities say about two hours later, a car believed involved in the holdup was spotted in south San Antonio. The people in the vehicle took off and officers gave chase down Interstate 37. Eventually, gunfire was exchanged.
The officer was shot at some point with a bullet that went through his car's windshield and he crashed.
North Texans dealing with ice storm aftermath
DALLAS (AP) - North Texas is expected to see temperatures slightly above freezing and a bit of sunshine, but it will likely still be a couple of days before the ice that has coated the region is gone.
National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cain says temperatures Sunday could reach a high of 37 in some places. Temperatures aren't expected to get into the 40s till Wednesday.
Bitter cold settled in throughout North Texas after sleet, snow and ice pummeled the area Thursday night and Friday.
About 400 departures from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were cancelled Sunday. On Interstate 35 north of Dallas, where traffic has come to a standstill for hours at a time, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesman says graders with blades to break up thick ice have been brought in.
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