Texas Gov. Perry's team will ask judge to end case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An attorney for Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry says he will file a motion seeking to stop the criminal case against the possible 2016 presidential candidate.
Austin attorney David Botsford said Friday that Perry's defense team will attack the constitutionality of the prosecution and two felony indictments that accuse the governor of abusing his power. A Republican judge presiding over the case gave Botsford a week to file the motion.
The special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum, says he remains confident in the charges.
Perry is accused of leveraging his veto power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney whose office oversees the state's Public Integrity Unit. Perry cut off state funds to the unit when Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a drunken driving arrest.
Humbled by 2012, Texas' Perry courts New Hampshire
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Texas Governor Rick Perry says in a visit to a key early voting state that he was humbled by his first run for president in 2012.
Perry addressed a group of business leaders in New Hampshire Friday and told them he had not decided yet whether to run again in 2016.
His 2012 campaign ended badly when he made several missteps, including a highly-publicized gaffe when he froze up during a televised debate.
Perry didn't shy away from last week's indictment on charges he abused his power when he followed through on a threat to veto funding for a public integrity unit run by a prosecutor who had been pulled over for drunk driving.
Perry repeated his claim that the indictment is politically motivated.
He's in New Hampshire through Saturday.
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-EMERGENCY LANDING
Southwest jet makes emergency landing in Dallas
DALLAS (AP) - A Southwest Airlines jet has made a safe emergency landing after blowing a tire during takeoff.
Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said Friday that Flight 8 was bound for Austin but returned to Dallas Love Field after the tire blew.
Hawkins says the captain of the Boeing 737 flew by the airport so Southwest personnel and air traffic controllers could check for any damage, then landed the plane. It was towed back to the gate.
There were 125 passengers and five crew members aboard. Hawkins says they will be put on another plane Friday to fly to Austin.
Chikungunya virus confirmed in Tarrant County
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Public health officials in Tarrant County have confirmed the North Texas county's first case of chikungunya (chicken-GUN'-yuh) virus disease.
Officials at Tarrant County Public Health say a resident of Mansfield, a suburb about 20 miles southwest of Fort Worth, has been diagnosed with the disease after returning home from the Caribbean. Other details are being withheld to protect the patient's privacy.
It's the 13th Texas case of the illness considered rarely fatal but marked by joint pain, fever, muscle aches and rash. Recovery typically takes about a week.
Mosquitoes that carry the virus are found in Texas. The associate director of the Tarrant County health agency, Doctor Anita, Kurian, said Friday there's no evidence it's spreading locally in the county. Only Florida so far has reported a local spread of the virus.
Mexico creates special economic-crime force
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico is now launching a special 5,000-strong police force to combat industrial, farm and business crime.
Extortions, kidnapping and theft have extended far throughout Mexico's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.
President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday the new police agency "is prepared to serve and protect Mexicans in areas where it is needed, or where institutions are weak."
The force known as the gendarmerie is made up of fresh recruits whose average age is 28, and who have never served on another police force. They were trained by the Mexican army.
It will act as a division of the federal police and will be sent to protect areas like those where wheat and sorghum farmers, banana growers and mining firms have been hit by organized crime.
Austin police search for bicycle thief
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Austin police say they are investigating nearly 40 nighttime burglaries in which more than 115 "high end" bicycles were stolen from garages.
Police say one suspect, whose image was captured on a homeowner's surveillance camera, is responsible for multiple burglaries. They are seeking the public's help in finding the man.
Members of the Austin bike community are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Austin Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $1,000.
Police say the stolen bikes are worth between $350,000 and $400,000.
Ex-teacher sentenced in fatal hit-and-run of boy
DALLAS (AP) - A 54-year-old former suburban Dallas teacher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old boy last year.
A Dallas County jury Friday imposed concurrent sentences against Tammy Lowe of 10 years for manslaughter and eight years for failing to stop and render aid to John Paul Raidy. She was convicted Thursday of the manslaughter count and earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to render aid.
Prosecutors say Lowe in January 2013 ran a red light in Grand Prairie and struck the boy as he walked with his mother and baby sister to a store to get candy.
Defense attorneys had argued prosecutors didn't prove their case against Lowe and that a lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide was more appropriate.
HEALTH CARE FRAUD-SENTENCE
Texas man gets 6-year term for health care fraud
HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston-area man has been sentenced to six years in prison for a fraudulent health care scheme that netted him about $1.2 million in federal payouts.
Lawrence Tyler of Humble was sentenced Friday after earlier being found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, money laundering and other charges. The 42-year-old Tyler also must pay $1.24 million in restitution.
Tyler ran a medical equipment company and federal prosecutors say in 2007 and 2008 he schemed to defraud Medicare and Medicaid.
They say he illegally billed for equipment that was never delivered and relied on prescriptions from a doctor who never treated patients receiving the equipment.
Tyler submitted about $2.4 million in claims as part of the conspiracy.
Two others previously were convicted for their roles assisting in the scheme.
Romo, Tannehill ready for dress rehearsals
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Tony Romo and Ryan Tannehill both say they're ready for the start of the regular season.
How they play this weekend might show if they're right.
When Romo and the Dallas Cowboys visit Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night, plenty of eyes will predictably be on the quarterbacks. It's "dress rehearsal" weekend around the NFL, this being the point in the preseason where starters typically get their last shots at having some true game situations before things start for real next month.
For the Cowboys, linebacker seems like a major area to watch as well. Sean Lee is gone for the season with a torn knee ligament and the team found out Thursday that DeVonte Holloman's neck injury is expected to end his career. The Cowboys could seek linebacker depth on the waiver wire or through a trade.
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