Local and National News Headlines 2/6
Texas AG Accepts Redistricting Voting Map
SAN ANTONIO — The Texas attorney general has accepted a deal on temporary voting maps that could salvage the state’s April 3 date for primary elections. In a statement released today, Attorney General Greg Abbott said that seven minority groups agreed to a plan that minimizes changes to the original redistricting maps drafted by the GOP-controlled Legislature. Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar’s lawyer tells The Associated Press the plan gives Texas two new Hispanic congressional seats. But at least one major minority group isn’t on board. Attorney Luis Vera of the League of United Latin American Citizens says the new plan “means absolutely nothing.” A federal court gave the state and minority groups until Monday to reach a compromise, or see the primaries pushed back for a second time. The groups said the original plan was discriminatory.
Tyler Police Officer Involved in Traffic Accident
TYLER — A Tyler police officer was slightly injured when her patrol car was struck by a motorist at the intersection of South Broadway and Front Street. Officer Eddins was traveling north through the intersection on a green light when a car driven by 29 year old Danny Harper ran a red light and struck the officers car. Tyler Police arrested and charged Harper with driving while intoxicated. The wreck occurred early Sunday at 2:14 am.
Three Dead in One-Car Accident
RUSK Co. — Three East Texas men are dead following a one-vehicle crash in Rusk County on Saturday night. DPS said 19-year-old Blake Elliott Winfrey of Henderson lost control of his 2003 Ford Mustang, over-corrected and struck a tree. Winfrey and two of his passengers, 21-year-old Tomas Garza, and 19-year-old Nicolas Ramone Garza, both of Selman City, were pronounced dead at the scene. The fatal accident occurred on Highway 42 north of County Road 4118D.
Jury Selection Continues in Nurse Case
LUFKIN — Jury selection enters a third week in the case of a former nurse accused of killing five patients by injecting them with bleach. Kimberly Saenz faces the death penalty if convicted of capital murder. Authorities say two witnesses saw Saenz pour bleach into syringes.
Storm Chaser Dies in Oklahoma
SAPULPA, Okla. — A storm chaser featured on The Weather Channel has been killed in an Oklahoma traffic accident. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol hasn’t identified those killed in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon, but the network said one of them was Andy Gabrielson. A statement on the Weather Channel’s website says Gabrielson was headed home after chasing storms in Texas.
Mitt Romney Cruises in Nevada
LAS VEGAS — Final results are in from Nevada. With all the Republican presidential caucus votes counted, Mitt Romney won easily with 50 percent. Newt Gingrich was second with 21 percent, edging out Ron Paul, who had 19 percent of the vote. Rick Santorum finished last with 10 percent. Party officials blame the delay on voting discrepancies and their use of handwritten ballots.
Senate Computer Security Plan Under Scrutiny
WASHINGTON — Neither side likes a developing Senate plan that would bolster the government’s ability to regulate the computer security of companies that run critical industries. Legislation set to come out in the days ahead is drawing strong opposition from businesses that say it goes too far and security experts who want it to have more teeth.