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Migrants Replace Inmates In South Texas Prison

Dallas (AP) – Texas is transferring inmates from a state prison to make room for migrants detained by state authorities. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jeremy Desel says the prison system began moving inmates this week from the medium-to-minimum-security Dolph Briscoe Unit prison in Dilley, about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio. He says the move was made in response to Governor Greg Abbott’s order that state authorities arrest and confine migrants who are in the country illegally, and have committed state or federal crimes.


Governor Abbott Vetoes Pay For Legislative Staff

Austin (AP) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has followed through on his threat, and vetoed the new state budget’s provision for paying legislative staff. Abbott vetoed the legislative staff budget Friday, as he threatened he would after a walkout by House Democrats in the final hours of the regular legislative session. The walkout denied a House quorum to vote on controversial voting restrictions that Abbott had prioritized. The budget is to take effect on September 1. Abbott is expected to call a special legislative session during the summer, in which he’s expected to bring up the voting restrictions bill again.


The Border Crisis Continues with No End in Sight

(WBAP/KLIF) — A surge of migrants and asylum seekers continues to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in the hopes of being allowed in.

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz criticizes the Biden administration’s approach to the border crisis.

Cruz appeared on “Fox and Friends” to point out that neither the president nor the vice president have visited the U.S. southern border.

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Grand Jury Indicts Kent Moore Cabinets Mass Shooter

(WBAP/KLIF) — A Texas man has been indicted on charges of murder and assault for allegedly opening fire at a cabinet-making company where he worked.

27 year-old Larry Bollin is accused of fatally shooting one man and wounding five other employees at Kent Moore Cabinets in Bryan, TX.  The Brazos County District Attorney’s office says a grand jury handed up the murder charge against Bollin on Thursday, along with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Bollin is accused shooting his colleagues, fleeing and then wounding a DPS state trooper in April. He is being held on a $3.2 million bond.

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Military Women Sexually Assaulted at Texas Bases More Often

(WBAP/KLIF) — A new study finds that female soldiers at army bases in Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky face a greater risk of sexual assault and harassment than those at other posts.

More than a third of all active duty army women were sexually assaulted at bases in those four states during 2018. The study by rand corp. was released Friday.  It says female soldiers at Fort Hood and Fort Bliss in Texas, faced the highest risk, particularly those in combat commands, field artillery and engineering.

Units with more frequent deployments to war also saw higher risk. Other high risk bases included Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Riley in Kansas.

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Woman Charged with Capital Murder in Stabbing of Young Girl

DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF) – A Dallas woman is in Police custody accused of fatally stabbing a young girl.

24-year-old Troyshaye Mone Hall is charged with Capital Murder and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

According to the Dallas Police Department, Officers responded to reports of a stabbing at a home on Frazier Street, south of Fair Park, on Thursday. When they got there neighbors had Hall restrained.

A 7-year-old girl, who Police said had been stabbed, was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Another juvenile was also stabbed but is expected to survive.

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Dirk Nowitzki to Rejoin Mavericks as Special Advisor

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DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF) – Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki is returning to the team in an official capacity.

The Mavericks announced on Friday that Nowitzki will serve as a special advisor to the franchise.

The hiring comes a day after the resignation of Head Coach Rick Carlisle. A day before that, the Mavericks and long-time General Manager Donnie Nelson agreed to part ways. According to the team, Nowitzki will assist with the hiring of both a general manager and head coach as well as consult on other front office decisions.

“Mark Cuban approached me about a role as special advisor and I am happy to support my Mavs,” said Nowitzki. “Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle were both mentors and played huge roles in my career and the success of this franchise, and I am going to miss them. It is important for me now to join Mark and contribute as much as I can as we move forward.”

Nowitzki led the Mavericks to their only NBA championship in 2011.

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Judge: Woman’s Confession in Death of Texas Soldier Stays

WACO, Texas (AP) – A  judge has denied a request to suppress the confession of a woman accused of helping kill and dismember Spc. Vanessa Guillén, who was missing for about two months before her remains were found.

The Houston Chronicle reports U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright rejected to toss Cecily Ann Aguilar’s confession after 2.5 hours of testimony Wednesday.

Aguilar’s defense lawyer argues that police deliberately violated the law by waiting to give Aguilar her Miranda Rights until after she confessed.

Aguilar’s recorded confession outlines the gruesome details of Guillén’s slaying. She also helped officers by reaching out to Army Spc. Aaron Robinson, the suspected killer, via cell phone.

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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announces Mayor’s Vaccine Raffle

DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF)-Mayor Eric Johnson has kicked off the Mayor’s Vaccine Raffle, a program meant to encourage the city’s residents to get their COVID-19 vaccines this summer.

The mayor is partnering with The Dallas Foundation to run the raffle program.

Prizes available for the Mayor’s Vaccine Raffle entrants include airline tickets from American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, tickets to performing arts shows, Dallas Arboretum passes, Dallas Stars ice passes, State Fair of Texas passes, gift cards for restaurants and coffee shops, and more. The grand prize is a $1,500 Visa gift card, provided by Walmart. Click here to see the full list of prizes.

“It’s time to finish off COVID-19 in Dallas and across the country,” Mayor Johnson said. “While we have made incredible progress, the virus is still mutating, posing grave risks to our communities and to our families. The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective, and they are widely available and absolutely free. Let’s get vaccinated, Dallas, and then let’s have some fun this summer.”

“The Dallas Foundation is here for Dallas and here for good,” said Matthew Randazzo, President and CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “We are delighted to partner with Mayor Johnson and his team to offer this fun and creative way to encourage more Dallas residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine which will move us toward a safer and healthier tomorrow.”

To enter the raffle, you can sign up online in English or Spanish at mayorofdallas.org or call the mayor’s office at 214-670-3301. Entries will be accepted through Friday, July 23, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. The winners will be notified no later than Friday, July 30, 2021.

Only city of Dallas residents are eligible to enter the Mayor’s Vaccine Raffle. To claim a prize, entrants must have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine series or the single shot of a single-dose vaccine series on or after June 1, 2021, and prior to July 24. Proof of vaccination will be required. The Dallas Foundation will work with medical volunteers to verify vaccination status.

Anyone 12 or older can enter the Mayor’s Vaccine Raffle, but someone 18 years or older must claim any prizes won by a minor.

Most of the prizes represent activities that many people had to forego during the pandemic.

“American Airlines is proud to play a role in this effort by Mayor Johnson to boost vaccination rates in Dallas, right in our airline’s backyard,” said Nate Gatten, Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs for American Airlines. “We know vaccines are key to beating COVID-19 and getting back to activities like visiting loved ones and traveling for leisure and business. Our team welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the great work happening at the local and federal level to defeat the pandemic.”

“I applaud Mayor Johnson for this effort,” said Marty Turco, President of the Dallas Stars Foundation. “We certainly want to encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. There is nothing like live hockey, and getting vaccinated will help keep everyone safe as they cheer on our city’s team next season.”

“We want to see our patrons and audiences back safely,” said Lily Weiss, Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District. “We want our artists, staff and patrons to get vaccinated so we can welcome everyone back. That’s why 12 organizations have donated tickets and benefits to nearly 20 major events to help those who might be undecided about vaccinations.”

“It is not lost on us that bringing the State Fair back this year would not have been possible without the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination efforts throughout the Lone Star State,” said Karissa Condoianis, Senior Vice President for Public Relations for the State Fair of Texas. “We are proud to support this initiative to further promote vaccination efforts and we encourage everyone coming to the State Fair of Texas to get your vaccine so that you are protected from the virus.”


Boy’s Accidental Shooting Leads to Arrest in Texas Killing

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HOUSTON (AP) — While a fatal robbery and the case of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself wouldn’t appear to be connected, authorities said Thursday the same gun was used in both, leading police to arrest the boy’s father for the robbery.

Nicholas Thomas has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Miguel Vasquez, who was killed in front of his daughter as the two walked out of a Dave & Buster’s restaurant on Easter Sunday, four days before Thomas’ son shot himself. The boy survived.

Thomas’ attorney, Walter Miller IV, declined to comment on the case.

Vasquez and his 10-year-old daughter were walking to their vehicle on April 4 when police allege Thomas put Vasquez in a chokehold and demanded his jewelry before shooting him, according to court documents. Vasquez and his daughter managed to flee and find an off-duty officer who was working security. Vasquez was taken to a hospital, where he died. His daughter was not injured. Thomas did not take any of Vasquez’s jewelry during the robbery, police said.

During their investigation, police found a 9 mm cartridge casing near Vasquez’s vehicle.

Investigators were able to match the bullet casing to the gun used by Thomas’ 3-year-old son on April 8, according to court documents.

Thomas, 23, had left the gun on a bathroom sink after coming home from work early in the morning and was changing his clothes in another room when his son found the weapon.

Thomas was charged with endangering a child and had been free on a $1,000 bond when he was arrested on Wednesday in the fatal robbery. He made his initial court appearance Thursday morning.

Thomas remained jailed on a $150,000 bond on the capital murder charge.

Police said investigators also connected Thomas to a vehicle that was seen on surveillance footage fleeing Vasquez’s shooting. Thomas matched a description given by Vasquez’s daughter and records placed his cellphone near the shooting.

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