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GAS P,PELINE rUPTURE prompts evacuations
GALVESTON — Residents are returning to their homes and businesses are returning to norma) after the flow of natural gas from a ruptured pipeline near downtown Galveston was stopped.
TWo blocks of homes and businesses had been evacuated north of Broadway along 20th and 21st streets after the 3 p.m. break TUesday just south of downtown.
City officers evacuated the blocks north of Broadway along 20th and 21st streets after the 3 p.m. break Tliesday. City spokeswoman Alicia Cahill says Texas Gas Service crews closed the ruptured line about 5 p.m., allowing the evacuation order to be lifted.
FORT WORTH DIOCESE SETTLES IN ABUSE CASE
FORI WOR TH —The Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese has reached another settlement involving sexual abuse claims against the Rev. James Reilly, a priest who died in 1999.
I he Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that terms of the settlement reached Monday were not disclosed.
I he leader of the diocese, Bishop Kevin Vann, said in a written statement that he's deeply sorry for any sexual abuse the plaintiff “may have endured and suffered by Reilly." y
Reilly was pastor of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Arlington from 1969 to 1987.
SISTERS OF BURNED MOM FEARED BROTHER
LUBBOCK — TVvo sisters of the man accused of setting their mother ablaze before trying to sexually assault a school teacher at knifepoint said Tuesday that they long feared his violent temper but don't know what sparked the outburst on his daughter's 11th birthday.
Cheryl Bozeman and Theresa Johnson said one wrong word could set off their 32-year-old brother, George James Bradley, whom they say has some form of schizophrenia.
“You never knew when he was going to go off, act up,” Bozeman said. “He would just do it.”
Police say Bradley doused his mother with a flammable liquid and set her afire at a Lubbock apartment complex before going to a nearby school where he tried to sexually assault a teacher at knifepoint. The superintendent broke down the door to help free her.
MINNESOTA SENDS FIRE CREW TO TEXAS
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — Minnesota is sending a fire crew to help battle wildfires in drought-stricken Texas.
The 20-member crew left Grand Rapids Tuesday morning and is expected to arrive in Marathon, Texas, on Wednesday evening.
The inter-agency group is made up of trained wildfire fighters from across Minnesota. The crew has members from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs representing the Fond du Lac, Leech Lake and Grand Portage agencies.
The crew will serve up to two weeks in Texas.
SE TEXAS REFINERY RESTARTING AFTER OUTAGE
SWEENY — Efforts to clean residue off of transmission equipment that caused a series of power outages at several Southeast Texas refineries last month might have led to another power outage at a different facility on Tuesday.
ConocoPhillips’ refinery in Sweeny lost power at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, said company spokesman Rich Johnson. Power was restored by 1 p.m.
MOUNTAIN LION KILLED IN DOWNTOWN EL PASO
EL PASO — A downtown walkabout proved fatal for a mountain lion killed by police in a West Texas city.
An El Paso police statement issued Monday says the cougar was reported wandering around a downtown intersection just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
An animal control officer and El Paso police trailed the big puma through a school yard, neighborhoods and business areas before cornering him at a business.
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Texas A&M chancellor steps down
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -— Texas A&M University System Chancellor Mike McKinney announced his resignation TUesday, stepping down after five years of steering the 120,000-student system through record expansion, controversy and an escalating debate over the future of higher education in Texas.
McKinney wrote in a memo to system staff that he would step down Inly 1. A
one-time chief of staff to Gov. Rick Perry, McKinney did not elaborate on the reasons for retiring, beyond saying the time had come for him to step aside.
“I am proud of our collective accomplishments, and I am most proud that we now act like a system,'” McKinney said.
No replacement was immediately named. Richard Box, chairman of the 1 AMI J System board of regents, said in a
statement that the process to find a successor would begin soon.
Under McKinney, enrollment at Texas A&M campuses increased by nearly 17,000 students, and the system spent nearly $1.5 billion in new construction. I Wo new campuses were opened in Killeen and San Antonio, and record enrollment was seen at the nine other campuses, including the flagship in College Station.
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Obama, Perry not meeting
FORT WORTH (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and President Barack Obama weren’t meeting during Obama's trip to the Lone Star State — and each side blames the other.
White House press secretary lay Carney says the Republican governor wouldn’t meet Obama in El Paso, where the president Tues- 0bama day pushed for immigration overhaul.
Perry's office says the White House wouldn't tour wildfire-ravaged areas or meet Perrv in Austin, where Obama was attending two fundraisers TUesday night.
Perry is unhappy that Texas wasn't declared a major disaster area in the wake of wildfires ravaging more than 2.3 million acres since November.
Perry's staff says he wanted to discuss issues with the president — not just shake his hand in El Paso.
Tiffany Soechting, left, chair of the Leadership New Braunfels committee, shakes Jonas Pond's handTuesday as 2011 graduates of Leadership New Braunfels are presented with plaques. Pond was among 28 graduates.
TX House calls for immigration law enforcement
AUSTIN (AP)—As President Barack Obama prepared to speak TUesday in Texas about America's “broken immigration system,” lawmakers in Austin moved forward with a measure that would force local police to give federal immigration offenses the same priority as other crimes.
The proposed law, which now goes to the state Senate, does not go as far as Arizona's requirement that police check people's immigration status. But it bans cities or police departments from telling officers not to actively enforce immigration laws.
The approach reflects the careful path Republicans in Texas must take between meeting conservative demands for tougher immigration measures and alienating a growing Hispanic population. Democrats Monday
night reminded Republicans that Hispanics were watching such bills closely.
“When you cast this vote, I hope you realize, it will be a vote that 9 million Hispanics will take personally,” state Rep. Jose Menendez said during debate.
The House approved the measure 100-47 after Repub
licans moved to cut off all debate on the issue, using a parliamentary maneuver that allows the majority to ram through bills. Gov. Rick Perry declared the measure to be emergency legislation. He said local law enforcement agencies were not doing enough to catch and deport illegal immigrants.