HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Attorneys for a condemned killer of a San Antonio woman argue that deficient legal help during earlier stages of his appeals tainted his case. They say Texas death row inmate TaiChin Preyor should be spared from being executed Thursday so his appeals can be reviewed more fairly. Preyor is set for lethal injection for the fatal 2004 slashing of a woman identified in court documents as his drug supplier. It would be Texas' fifth execution this year.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - U.S. authorities have detained 13 immigrants who were found inside a sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio as potential witnesses in the criminal investigation. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in San Antonio said Wednesday that the 13 people are in federal custody. The tractor-trailer was found Sunday in a Walmart parking lot. Ten people inside died. The driver, James Matthew Bradley Jr., faces a human smuggling charge.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors say a former school swim coach in Texas has been charged in the death of a 13-year-old girl who drowned during practice. Forty-nine-year-old Tracey Anne Boyd is scheduled to appear in court next week on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child by criminal negligence. Boyd was indicted June 29 in the death of Elise Cerami, who competed for a Carroll school district swim club near Fort Worth.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Drought conditions are increasing in several states, and extreme heat and weeks with little rain have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says nearly 11 percent of the continental United States is in moderate drought or worse.
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