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Rio Grande Valley farmer lose crop in drought

(Information in the following story is from: The Monitor,

HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — Farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are reporting major crop losses worth millions of dollars due to a devastating drought that has parched South Texas.

The McAllen Monitor reports Sunday this growing season has been the worst since 2006. The Natural Resources Defense Council ranked Texas No. 10 in the country for drought losses.

Farmers who work non-irrigated land lost 88 percent of their crop to drought, a loss valued at about $1 million. Cotton farmers in the valley lost about 90,000 acres in the dry spell, while those who farmed grain sorghum lost 60 percent of their crop, or some 410,000 acres.

The USDA's defense council is encouraging farmers to employ new methods and techniques that cut down on water usage as more extreme weather becomes the norm.


Off-duty officer kills motorist in San Antonio

(Information in the following story is from: San Antonio Express-News,

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bexar County authorities say an off-duty officer has shot and killed an unarmed motorist in San Antonio after the two had an altercation.

Sheriff's office spokesman Paul Berry says the incident occurred early Sunday after the off-duty officer left his job as a security guard. The San Antonio Express-News reports the deputy and another man apparently had a minor car crash.

Berry says the two pulled over and started arguing. He says the officer "fired multiple shots, hitting the other driver."

Berry says the driver was unarmed, but it remains unclear whether he attacked the officer. The two have not yet been identified.

An investigation is ongoing. Until it is completed, the officer retains his badge and weapon.


2 killed in suburban Dallas car crash

(Information in the following story is from: The Dallas Morning News, . Not for use online in Dallas market.)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Two people have been killed after their car hit a concrete barrier in suburban Dallas and erupted in flames.

The Dallas Morning News reports a passerby reported the crash to police early Sunday. Arlington police say the car hit a concrete barrier on East I-30. The vehicle apparently erupted in flames. When firefighters arrived, they found two dead people in the vehicle.

The victims have not been identified.

Police are investigating the crash. Several lanes of I-30 remained close early Sunday.


Dallas police say man killed in fight over money

(Information in the following story is from: The Dallas Morning News, . Not for use online in Dallas market.)

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a man has been shot and killed after a fight over money.

Police say the argument erupted Saturday evening in a Dallas apartment building. The Dallas Morning News reports a man accused several people of taking his money. When the fight escalated, a security officer threatened to use pepper spray.

A short time later, police say the man approached yet another person, accusing him of taking his money and his gun. That man shot him one time in the chest. Police say the injured man was taken to a hospital, where he died.

No arrests have been made. The victim's name has not been released.


Dallas police say woman's body found in warehouse

(Information in the following story is from: The Dallas Morning News, . Not for use online in Dallas market.)

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a woman whose body was found by her husband in a beauty supply warehouse was murdered.

Officer Juan Fernandez says Ping Li's husband found her "unresponsive" late Friday. The Dallas Morning News reports Li's husband called 911, and her body was taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office.

An autopsy has not yet been performed. But Dallas police say the woman was murdered.

Fernandez says no further information is available at this time.


Coast Guard looking for missing Texas fisherman

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Coast Guard and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are hunting for a fisherman overdue from a fishing expedition in San Antonio Bay.

The Coast Guard said in a statement released late Saturday the missing man is 62-year-old Joseph Ames. The guard says he has gray hair and was wearing fishing attire.

The Coast Guard received a report Friday afternoon that the man was overdue. Nearly three hours later, at 5:50 p.m., crews with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department found Ames' boat in the bay, but the man was not on board.

Several crews have been searching with helicopters, jets and boats.


Texas' top court rejects Galveston parking lawsuit

(Information in the following story is from: Houston Chronicle,

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court will not hear a case about Galveston's parking fees, allowing the city to continue with its new revenue-generating policy.

The Houston Chronicle reports the court rejected on Friday the suit brought by Greg Roof, whose previous lawsuit delayed for nearly 10 years the city's attempt to charge for parking along a main coastal road. Roof's lawsuit had asked the court to force the Texas General Land Office to halt the paid parking policy.

Roof says he is glad he brought the lawsuit, and isn't giving up. He says he is organizing a petition to put the repeal of seawall parking on the next ballot. Roof says it may be legal, "but it's bad public policy for our state."


Austin college moves to online-only bookstore

(Information in the following story is from: Austin American-Statesman,

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A historically black college in Austin has closed its only campus bookstore and moved to sell books and course materials exclusively online.

The Austin American Statesman reported Sunday that Huston-Tillotson University closed its campus bookstore in June.

Now, instead of stacks of books and long lines of students, there's simply an empty space in the student union where the bookstore used to be.

Over the summer, the university began an agreement with an online textbook provider that established a "virtual bookstore" for the campus.

The new online store offers books by class and allows students clicking on a particular course to see a list of required books.

Also offered are costs to buy the books new and used, as well as rent them or buy them as e-books.