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Boy accused in Conroe-area storekeeper's death

CONROE, Texas (AP) - A 13-year-old boy has been charged with capital murder in the slaying last month of a Montgomery County convenience store owner.

Sheriff's officials say the boy has been charged as a juvenile in the March 24 slaying of Sam Sadruddin at a Conroe gas station and convenience store. A 19-year-old Conroe man, Joseph Gutierrez, was charged March 28 with capital murder in the slaying.

Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright says the boy is younger than 14 and ineligible for prosecution as an adult. However, Lambright says he could be eligible for up to 40 years in state custody if allegations are confirmed. The boy would remain in juvenile detention until age 19 when a juvenile court would decide discharge or parole the boy or shift him to a state prison.


House panel to vote in May on Hall impeachment

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas House panel will vote next month whether to recommend the impeachment of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall for his efforts to oust the president of the system's flagship Austin campus.

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations has been investigating Hall for months. It met Thursday to review a report of his efforts to have UT Austin President Bill Powers fired. The report had said that Hall leaked confidential student information in apparent violation of state and federal laws.

The committee met in private for about three hours before announcing it would vote on May 12. A vote to recommend impeachment would be the first step toward potentially removing Hall from office.

Hall was appointed regent by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011.


Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding

HOUSTON (AP) - The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.

In court documents filed earlier this month, Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine alleges the March 22 collision was caused by gross negligence on the part of Sea Galaxy Marine, the ship's owner based in Liberia in West Africa.

In its own court filings, Sea Galaxy says the collision was not its fault.

A Kirby Inland spokesman and a Sea Galaxy attorney both declined comment because of the ongoing investigation.

The U.S. Coast Guard, which is still investigating the accident's cause, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.


Plans afoot to rebuild Bush international terminal

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Airport System officials are working toward a $1.5 billion project to rebuild and expand the international terminal at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

System Director Mario Diaz says the project to overhaul Terminal D - also known as the Mickey Leland International Terminal - is vital to maintaining Houston as an international hub for United Airlines.

He says the trick is to keep the terminal operating even as it's totally rebuilt - a process officials say could take up six years to complete. Bush had a record year for international travel last year and has seen international travel quadruple since 1990.

Diaz told a city committee he aims to return to the City Council with a deal for the improvements within 45 days and begin design work in July.

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