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  • Family of prison bus crash victim sues TxDOT and TDCJ

    Published On: Jun 24 2016 03:48:07 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 24 2016 11:27:58 PM CDT
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    ECTOR COUNTY, Texas -

    The family of an inmate killed in a Jan. 2015 prison bus crash while being transported from Abilene to El Paso has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

    Click here for copy of the lawsuit.

    Jesus Reyna is one of 10 people -- eight inmates and two corrections officers -- killed when the bus transporting them from the Middleton Unit in Abilene to the Sanchez State Jail in El Paso crashed on I-20 in Penwell.

    The bus hit an icy patch, went through a guard rail, down an embankment and then struck a moving train.

    According to the lawsuit filed in Ector County against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Texas Department of Transportation, the bus driver was “driving at a rate of speed not reasonably prudent considering icy road conditions.”

    The lawsuit also said the bus hitting the guardrail caused “the inmates, including Reyna, to violently jolt around inside the bus.” The inmates were not wearing seatbelts, according to the lawsuit.

    Reyna’s family also blames TxDOT for his death because, according to the lawsuit, “TxDOT failed to repair the severely damaged guardrail” which had been hit at least three times in the 28 hours before the crash.

    In its report released last month, the National Transportation Safety Board blamed the crash on a piece of displaced guardrail.

    Chris Davis of Abilene and Eligio Garcia Jr., who did play-by-play for Albany High School football, were the two correctional officers killed in the crash near Odessa.

  • Texas mother fatally shoots 2 daughters; police kill her

    Published On: Jun 25 2016 02:32:56 PM CDT

    FULSHEAR, Texas (AP) -

    Police say a Houston-area woman fatally shot her two adult daughters before officers shot and killed her.

    The incident happened about 5 p.m. Friday in front of a home on the fringe of the Houston suburb of Fulshear. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls says a motive was still under investigation, but it appeared the shooting climaxed a family argument.

    Nehls says the two younger women had already been shot when a Fulshear police officer arrived and saw the mother with a gun in her hand, apparently preparing to shoot one of her daughters again. The officer shot and killed the woman.

    No identities have been released.

  • Park officials add 250,000 catfish to Lake Brownwood

    Published On: Jun 24 2016 11:33:18 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 24 2016 06:47:53 PM CDT

    If you're gone fishin', you may want to stop by Lake Brownwood.

    The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has added several thousand fish to the lake.

    TPWD Inland Fisheries placed 250,000 blue catfish fingerlings in the lake Tuesday, according to Lake Brownwood State Park. Next week, they plan to place Florida-strain large mouth bass into the lake.

    Park officials said they’re expecting a large crowd during the July 4 holiday weekend.

  • 2 dead, several hurt after Fort Worth dance studio shooting

    Published On: Jun 25 2016 02:28:59 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2016 02:34:20 PM CDT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -

    Texas authorities say two people are dead and several others injured following a shooting outside a nonprofit dance studio in Fort Worth.

    Fort Worth Police Spokesman Daniel Segura says in a statement Saturday that East Division officers responded to reports of a shooting at Studio 74's Fort Worth address. He says arriving officers discovered one victim dead outside the studio.  Several others were shot and transported to hospitals.

    Segura says one victim died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

    No further information was immediately available. An investigation is ongoing.

    Studio 74's website says the facility brings "dance programming to underserved communities and the general public to reach audiences and participants of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds."

  • SEC: Texas CEO used funds on strip clubs, private jets

    Published On: Jun 24 2016 03:31:04 PM CDT
    HOUSTON (AP) -

    A Texas energy company CEO dubbed the "frack master" is being accused by regulators of defrauding investors of about $80 million, including spending at least $30 million on private jets, gentlemen's clubs and personal escorts to "maintain a lifestyle of decadence and debauchery."

    In a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Dallas, the Securities and Exchange Commission accuses Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy Corp., and others of misleading investors about the costs and potential returns on oil-and-gas investments sold by his companies.

    The SEC alleges Faulkner, who hasn't been criminally charged, used one company credit card predominantly at gentlemen's clubs, including spending nearly $40,000 at a Dallas club over four days in July 2014.

    Larry Friedman, Faulkner's attorney, says the SEC's allegations "are not true."

  • Mark Rowlett: More normal temperatures for the weekend

    Published On: Jun 24 2016 07:02:01 PM CDT

    Showers could return late Sunday

  • Robot dog can do the dishes

    Published On: Jun 24 2016 10:27:03 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 24 2016 11:24:23 AM CDT

    A tech company invents a robot dog that can climb stairs, do the dishes and still have enough battery life to play tug of war with its owner.

  • Pet fish receives prosthetic eye

    Published On: Jun 25 2016 01:06:13 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2016 07:26:08 AM CDT

    A Missouri woman went to the extreme to help her pet fish, getting the half-blind blue face angelfish a prosthetic eye.

  • 11-year-old wins marbles championship

    Published On: Jun 25 2016 02:42:26 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2016 07:49:17 AM CDT

    For Louie Lee, shooting marbles is more than a hobby -- it's a lifestyle.

  • What's the best move when it comes to buying or leasing a car?

    Published On: Jun 24 2016 09:13:13 AM CDT

    Financial expert Troy Sutton joined Mari on KTXS This Morning and offered helpful advice when it comes to choosing between buying a car or leasing a car.