(AP) - A former Texas nurse suspected in the killing of dozens of children has pleaded guilty in the 1981 death of an 11-month-old. Sixty-nine-year-old Genene Jones received a life sentence Thursday that a prosecutor says will likely ensure she dies in prison. Jones was sent to prison in 1984 after being convicted in the death of one child and for giving an overdose to another. She had been set to be released from prison in 2018 under a mandatory release law in place when she was convicted. But prosecutors in 2017 filed five murder charges related to the deaths of children in the 1980s. The other four cases have been dismissed.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Emails show that a firearms trade association distributing taxpayer-funded gun locks to Texas residents to prevent accidental shootings advised the Austin Police Department not to give any to a woman affiliated with a gun control advocacy group. The Police Department rejected Leesa Ross' request last year for 100 cable locks that were being given out as part of a program that followed several mass shootings. The Houston Chronicle reports the National Shooting Sports Foundation had expressed concerns that Ross' gun control associations could risk alienating firearm owners. Ross is affiliated with Everytown for Gun Safety’s survivor network.
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for two crew members missing after a deadly collision between a fishing boat and an oil tanker just off the Texas coast. Officials say the search following Tuesday's collision covered nearly 50 miles before it was called off Thursday. Two other crew members of the fishing boat were pulled out of the water Tuesday, but one died shortly thereafter. The cause of the collision near the entrance to Galveston Bay remains under investigation.
ABILENE, Texas (AP) - Officials say a recently suspended Texas high school student stabbed two of his classmates before fleeing campus. Police spokesman Rick Tomlin tells KTXS-TV that officers took the student into custody about 30 minutes after the 8 a.m. Thursday attack at Abilene High School. Medics took both victims to a hospital in ambulances. Their condition is unknown. Tomlin says all three students are male and “around 16” but declined to identify them because they are minors. He says the attack seems to have been targeted. He says at least one of the victims had a “previous altercation” with the attacker.
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