Texas A&M to restore anchor found in Puget Sound
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - An anchor recovered from Puget Sound north of Seattle and believed to be more than 200 years old has reached Texas A&M University for restoration.
School officials on Monday announced the anchor possibly from the HMS Chatham arrived in College Station via truck.
The 900-pound anchor was discovered six years ago by diver Doug Monk in an inlet off Whidbey Island. Floats were used to bring the anchor to the surface.
Experts want to know if the anchor was lost by the Royal Navy survey brig in 1792 during British explorer George Vancouver's adventures.
The anchor in June was taken to the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, to be prepped for transport to Texas. Restoration should take about 18 months at A&M's Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation.
CBO: $25M of border request to be spent in 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional analysis says just $25 million of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with a wave of unaccompanied Central American children on the Southern border might be spent before the budget year ends Sept. 30.
The Congressional Budget Office analysis assumes Obama's request for handling the border crisis won't be enacted until mid- to late-September. Lawmakers are struggling to address the issue before leaving Washington for their annual August recess, but appear unlikely to succeed.
A split between Democrats and Republicans over changing a 2008 law that guarantees unaccompanied immigrants from countries such as Guatemala and El Salvador a hearing before an immigration judge is largely responsible for the impasse.
Republicans had already said they would cut back Obama's request sharply.
Baby dies while in foster care at East Texas home
HUNTINGTON, Texas (AP) - Officials say a 2-month-old girl has died at an East Texas home as her foster mother ran an errand and left several other adults to watch the baby.
The Angelina County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy was scheduled Monday on the infant, whose name wasn't immediately released.
Sheriff Greg Sanches says an initial review indicates the baby apparently died of natural causes.
Sanches says the foster mother on Saturday had to pick someone up and left the sleeping child in the care of several family friends at a home near Huntington. One of the adults checked on the foster girl, noticed she wasn't breathing and called 911.
Child Protective Services has been notified.
Huntington is about 120 miles northeast of Houston.
East Texas fugitive apprehended in Honduras
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Authorities say federal agents have apprehended a man in Central America who's wanted in East Texas on charges that include indecency with a child.
Jefferson County sheriff's Deputy Rod Carroll said Monday that 31-year-old Matthew Cherry was arrested in an island community off the north coast of Honduras.
Sheriff's officials say Cherry was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender and two counts of indecency with a child. Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service were acting on a tip when they took Cherry into custody Saturday.
Carroll says Cherry fled the country about two years ago to avoid prosecution. Officials contend he was preying on children in Honduras.
Cherry is scheduled to be transported to Houston later this week and then taken to Jefferson County.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-NATIONAL GUARD
Perry sending National Guard to Texas border
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tired of "lip service" from the federal government.
Perry said Monday that the National Guard will provide additional support to a state-funded border surge that is costing an additional $1.3 million a week.
Much of the area has been overwhelmed in recent months by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the U.S.
Perry says criminals are exploiting the situation for human and drug trafficking.
More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents currently work in the region. The deployment of the National Guard is expected to unfold over the next 30 days.
Democrats and some Texas border sheriffs are criticizing the plan as an ill-conceived militarization.
Police: Texas man posed as vet to treat pets
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police say they arrested a 26-year-man who posed as a veterinarian to charge customers for vaccinations and other treatment for their pets.
Investigators said in a news release Monday that Wilfredo Gutierrez was arrested last week and charged with unlawful practice of medicine. Harris County court records show Gutierrez pleaded guilty to the charge and was jailed for two days.
He remains in the county jail on a separate charge of possession of a controlled substance, with bond set at $35,000.
Police say Gutierrez was using business names like DogSmart Veterinary Services to enter people's homes to treat their pets.
Authorities say they're concerned that many pets supposedly given vaccinations are in fact not protected from disease.
White House reports drop in minors crossing border
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest says a daily average of about 150 children were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's down from an average of 355 per day in June.
President Barack Obama plans to meet with his homeland security team Monday afternoon to discuss the border crisis. Obama plans to meet Friday with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the three countries that are home to many of the children.
The U.S. has been urging their governments to take steps to stem the exodus of children and warning that the U.S. will take steps to send them back promptly.
SPAWNING BIGGER BASS
Private Texas lake used to help spawn bigger bass
ZAPATA, Texas (AP) - A South Texas oral surgeon has joined forces with Texas wildlife officials to try to spawn bigger largemouth bass.
The San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/1kM9uXQ ) reported Monday that Dr. Gary Schwarz has a 15-year contract with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The deal will allow the state to use the dentist's new private lake on his ranch near Zapata, about 45 miles southeast of Laredo, to combine fish genetics, environment and nutrition.
Forage ponds were possible thanks to Rio Grande irrigation rights that Schwarz bought along with the property.
The department's ShareLunker program encourages anglers to lend or donate any largemouth bass weighing more than 13 pounds to the state for spawning purposes. Operation World Record is a research project to evaluate selective breeding of the ShareLunker program.
WEST TEXAS-PLANE CRASH
Pilot dies in West Texas plane crash
BLACKWELL, Texas (AP) - A pilot has been killed in the crash of his single-engine plane in rural West Texas.
The Texas Department of Public Safety on Monday identified the victim as 71-year-old Weldon Pat Oden of Blackwell.
Trooper Fred Biddle says the wreckage was discovered Sunday night about 7 miles west of Blackwell in Nolan County.
Biddle says plane took off about midday Sunday from a nearby private airstrip. Relatives reported Oden missing after he never returned from the flight. Officials believe Oden earlier had been working on his plane, a Kitfox.
Federal Aviation Administration authorities are trying to determine what caused the crash near Blackwell, about 50 miles southwest of Abilene.
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