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4 bodies, including 2 infants, discovered by border agents, sheriff says

Federal border patrol agents found four bodies, including two infants, in a brushy area near the Rio Grande River on Sunday evening and an investigation into their deaths is underway, reports said.

Eddie Guerra, the sheriff of Hidalgo County, Texas, announced the grim finding on Twitter. The bodies were recovered on the southeast side of Anzalduas Park, which is in the Las Paloma Wildlife Management Area. The area is federal property and the FBI will lead the investigation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox News early Monday. KRGV.com reported that the other bodies included a toddler and a 20-year-old woman.

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The report said the area—Known as the Devil’s Corner— is known for human smuggling. The station said it is believed that they died of dehydration.

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4 bodies, including 2 infants, discovered by border agents, sheriff says

Federal border patrol agents found four bodies, including two infants, in a brushy area near the Rio Grande River on Sunday evening and an investigation into their deaths is underway, reports said.

Eddie Guerra, the sheriff of Hidalgo County, Texas, announced the grim finding on Twitter. The bodies were recovered on the southeast side of Anzalduas Park, which is in the Las Paloma Wildlife Management Area. The area is federal property and the FBI will lead the investigation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox News early Monday. KRGV.com reported that the other bodies included a toddler and a 20-year-old woman.

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The report said the area—Known as the Devil’s Corner— is known for human smuggling. The station said it is believed that they died of dehydration.

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Mom driving SUV in game of ‘chicken’ strikes, kills 3-year-old son, cops say

It’s a case that has left authorities in Texas shaking their heads.

Authorities say a Houston woman behind the wheel of an SUV on June 11 struck and killed her 3-year-old son while apparently engaging the child and his siblings in a game of “chicken.”

Harris County prosecutors say surveillance video from a nearby apartment complex shows Lexus Stagg, 26, driving a Lincoln Navigator back and forth as her three young children try to avoid being hit.

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But at one point the 3-year-old is struck. He died later at a hospital, according to authorities.

“You should be playing Peek-A-Boo with a three-year-old instead of forcing him to try and dodge a 5,600-pound deadly weapon,” Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Chief Sean Teare said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“You should be playing Peek-A-Boo with a three-year-old instead of forcing him to try and dodge a 5,600-pound deadly weapon.”

— Sean Teare, vehicular crimes chief, Harris County District Attorney’s Office

Added District Attorney Kim Ogg: “Cars aren’t toys and playing chicken with your kids isn’t a game.”

Authorities say Stagg was charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the child’s death.

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Lexus Stagg, 26, was charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the June 11 death of her son, authorities say. (Houston Police Department)

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The woman told police she simply didn’t realize that the child was still in the path of the vehicle, Houston’s KHOU-TV reported.

Stagg was booked into the Harris County jail but was no longer being held Saturday.

It’s not clear whether she has an attorney to speak on her behalf.

Stagg’s two other children were sent to stay with a relative, according to KHOU.

If convicted, Stagg faces 10 years in prison, the Chronicle reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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South Texas officer fatally shot; suspect arrested

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A South Texas police officer has been shot and killed in what officials say was the line of duty, and a suspect is in custody.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety says the Mission police officer was shot Thursday night in the eastern part of the city 6 miles west of McAllen. Mission police Lt. Art Flores says the officer, whose identity hasn’t been released, died later at a McAllen hospital.

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No details have been released on what led to the shooting, and the suspect’s identity also hasn’t been released.

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Judge vacates Arkansas man’s death sentence in 1994 kidnap, murder of Texas girl

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A federal judge in Indiana Thursday threw out the federal death sentence for an Arkansas man convicted of kidnapping and murdering a 16-year-old Texas girl in 1994, ruling the man’s intellectual disability precluded his execution.

Bruce Carneil Webster, now 46, was one of five men prosecutors say kidnapped Lisa Rene from her Arlington, Texas home to get back at her two brothers for a botched $5,000 marijuana deal. Over two days, Lisa was taken to Arkansas, gang-raped, bludgeoned with a shovel and buried alive.

Rene was dragged from the family’s apartment as she pleaded with a 911 operator. “They’re trying to break down my door! Hurry up!” she said, according to a tape of the call.

Attorneys for Webster, who is housed at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. had challenged the death sentence based on what they claimed was previously unavailable evidence that medical professionals had found Webster to be intellectually disabled before his trial.

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In his ruling, U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence cited a 1993 application for Social Security benefits by Webster, in which two psychologists and a physician found him to be “mentally retarded and antisocial.” He also cited seven different IQ tests taken by Webster between 1992 and  2018, in which Webster scored between 59 and 65. An IQ score of about 70 is considered a benchmark for intellectual disability.

“The scores … consistently demonstrate that Webster has an IQ that falls within the range of someone with intellectual deficits,” wrote Lawrence, who dismissed arguments by prosecutors that Webster deliberately underperformed on the tests so as not to jeopardize his application for Social Security benefits.

“The application materials revealed that Webster was barely literate,” the judge wrote. “For example, for information about his job duties, Webster listed his job title as ‘Cement’.”

Webster’s appellate attorneys have said his trial attorneys tried to get the Social Security records but were given nothing. Steven Wells, a member of Webster’s legal team, called the ruling a “just outcome” for “an intellectually disabled man who never should have been sentenced to death.”

Erin Dooley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas, which tried Webster, said prosecutors are evaluating how to proceed following the ruling. Prosecutors had argued in court documents that prosecutors argued Webster was faking his intellectual disability, had sufficient mental capabilities to manage a drug dealing business and that during his crime, Webster “demonstrated an ability to plan, strategize, and adapt, particularly in his numerous efforts to conceal his crime by destroying forensic evidence.”

The case has been sent back to federal court in Dallas for resentencing.

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Webster had been set to be put to death in April 2007, but the execution was later postponed. Orlando Hall of El Dorado, Ark., was also sentenced to death for Rene’s murder and remains on death row.

There are currently 62 inmates on federal death row in the U.S., according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The last federal execution took place in 2003.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Suspect charged with punching Walmart greeter, 72, knocking him out: reports

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A 72-year-old greeter at a Walmart store in Texas says he was punched in the face and knocked unconscious – just for doing his job.

It happened last Friday at a Walmart location in Cypress, northwest of Houston, according to KTRK-TV.

The greeter, Mohinder Randhawa, told the station he just wanted to check that a customer had paid for a case of Gatorade being carried out of the store.

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That’s when the suspect, identified as Craig Valentine, 42, of Hockley, got angry, started yelling, and then cold-cocked him, Randhawa said.

“He punched on my face with a closed right hand,” Randhawa told KTRK. “I fell down on the ground.

“My left upper lip was broken from here, blood started out, and inside also there was a cut about half an inch,” he continued.

Randhawa claims he never accused the suspect of stealing the drinks. He said cashiers sometimes miss an item while scanning a customer’s purchases and he just wanted to check.

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“I was doing my duty, the greeter explained. “I was doing what I was supposed to do.”

A probable-cause affidavit says Valentine “chest bumped” the greeter before punching him, Cox Media Group reported. He posted $1,000 bail and was released pending further court action.

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Democrat border town mayor says ‘we are sick and tired’ of feds not listening, fixing illegal immigration problem

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A Democrat mayor of a Texas town bordering Mexico slammed the federal government and lawmakers, saying “we are sick and tired of the deaf ears” for failing to protect towns like his from illegal immigration.

Bruno Lozano, the mayor of Del Rio, Texas, made his remarks during a meeting with Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s staffers regarding asylum-seekers and immigration.

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The mayor criticized the government and called for a more active approach in combatting illegal immigration that he says overrun his town, urging lawmakers to actually visit the border towns to see the situation.

“They need to see firsthand what’s going on. They need to understand the frustrations that the commissioners, or that the city council, the school board, the hospital officials are managing [and] having to deal with,” Lozano said.

“We’re frustrated. We’re extremely frustrated,” he continued. “Our priorities on the city council are our streets, are our parks, are the economy, are the drive of the community and the places of worship and the places to have leisure activities. It is not the priority to solve immigration.”

“We’re frustrated. We’re extremely frustrated. Our priorities on the city council are our streets, are our parks, are the economy, are the drive of the community and the places of worship and the places to have leisure activities. It is not the priority to solve immigration.”

— Mayor Bruno Lozano

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The Democrat added that it’s unfair to ask small towns to handle issues related to asylum seekers and immigration, saying this is where the federal government needs to step up.

“It is not our purview; it is not our jurisdiction. It is your job to ensure that you convey the frustration that I share with you all to ensure that our representatives at the federal level are hearing it,” he said. “It’s falling on deaf ears, and we are tired of it. We are sick and tired of the deaf ears.”

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Lozano’s comments follow the news earlier this month that border patrol have seen a “dramatic rise” in the African migrants being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that since May 30, over 500 people from African countries had been arrested by the agency in Del Rio Sector in Texas.

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Texas governor approves budget with gun storage safety effort opposed by NRA

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott enacted a two-year spending bill this weekend that included a $1 million public safety campaign for firearm storage opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun rights activists.

Abbott, a Republican, approved the $250 billion budget without any line-item vetoes.

The money would go to the Texas Department of Public Safety to design and deploy a campaign promoting safe gun storage, similar to those warning against drunk driving and encouraging motorists to use their seatbelt. A bill to write the program into state law was opposed by the NRA and gun-rights activists and did not reach a vote.

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Texas Gov.Greg Abbott approved the two-year budget this weekend. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images, File)

An NRA lobbyist told lawmakers that a campaign designed by Texas state police could be corrupted by anti-gun rhetoric. However, the money was approved by the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives and later supported by Senate budget negotiators by mid-May.

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The program comes into effect following a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston that killed 10 people and wounded 13 others in May 2018. Investigators said the then-17-year-old gunman took his father’s weapons before opening fire. After that shooting, Abbott said he wanted to “encourage the millions of law-abiding, gun-owning Texans to embrace their personal responsibility for gun safety.”

The governor did not mention in the program in a statement about the budget that was released Saturday.

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Last month, Texas lawmakers voted to allow anyone who can legally own a gun to carry it openly or concealed for a week after a natural disaster declaration.

There are more than 1.3 million handgun license holders in Texas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sheriff’s deputy in Fort Worth, Texas, dies after found with ‘significant’ head injuries

A sheriff’s deputy with 19 years on the job died Friday night after being found with “significant injuries to his head” following a shooting in Fort Worth, Texas, according to reports.

Deputy Keith Shepherd was found wounded inside his personal vehicle in the Tarrant County sheriff’s office parking lot, across from the county jail, around 9:30 p.m., FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

He had been expected to return from his break about two hours earlier, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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Shepherd was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the report said.

Authorities were investigating in the area Friday night and were collecting video from all cameras within a three-block radius of the crime scene, the station reported.

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Emergency vehicles are seen in the parking lot of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department in Fort Worth, Texas. (FOX 4, Dallas-Fort Worth)

No suspect was immediately identified and no motive was immediately suspected.

“We’ve just got to follow the facts until we understand what happened,” Sheriff Bill Waybourn told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The chief declined to speculate on what exactly may have transpired in the parking lot.

Shepherd was assigned to the department’s detention staff, Chief of Staff David McClelland told the Star-Telegram.

“I can tell you what I know about Keith is that he had a great reputation at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office,” Waybourn told the newspaper. “He was a strong leader. He was loved. He was a great husband and a good father.”

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Waybourn said he did not believe the public was in danger, even though a suspect had not yet been apprehended.

“We’re confident it will unravel soon,” the sheriff told the Morning News.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Texas governor signs controversial ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ bill into law

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed the so-called “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law, a new provision that supporters say defends the fast-food restaurant and protects religious freedoms. Opponents have argued it discriminates against the LGBT community.

Abbott, a Republican, did not hold a public signing ceremony, but he had signaled his support through a tweet a few weeks ago, DallasNews.com reported.

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On May 20, Abbott tweeted a picture of a Chick-fil-A soft drink in front of a laptop showing a news article with the headline “’Save Chick-fil-A’ bill heads to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk” and wrote, “So. What are the odds I’ll sign the Chick-fil-A bill? I’ll let you know after dinner. @ChickfilA #txlege”

The new law stops the government from taking unfavorable action against a business or person for contributions to religious organizations.

The bill was fast-tracked in the GOP-controlled legislature and originally was introduced after the San Antonio City Council blocked Chick-fil-A from opening a location in the city’s airport because of reported donations to organizations that protest gay marriage and other LGBT issues.

Some council members said they were taking a stand over Chick-fil-A’s values and the fact that the owners have donated to anti-LGBT causes.

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In March, councilmember Roberto Trevino reportedly said the city did “not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

Republicans responded with a bill that would not allow cities to take “adverse action” against an individual based on contributions to religious organizations.

The bill rekindled battles over divisive social issues. The legislature was riled over a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people two years ago. LGBT lawmakers reportedly said during emotional floor speeches that they’d had enough.

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Texans holding signs supporting gay marriage outside of a Chick-fil-A in Tyler, in 2012.  (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP, File)

State Rep. Jessica Gonzalez, a Democrat, said the bill was a personal insult given she is openly gay, DallasNews.com reported.

“Of course this bill is aimed at me,” she said. “It’s about reminding those of us who have never belonged not to get too comfortable.”

Fort Worth Republican Rep. Matt Krause, the House sponsor, defended the bill as a way to protect the rights of religious Texans, DallasNews.com reported.

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Gov. Greg Abbott signed the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law Monday. (Getty, iStock)

The media outlet reported that Krause said Chick-fil-A was unfairly labeled as anti-LGBT because of its donations to organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which also reportedly receive donations from other big companies.

The lawmakers involved did not immediately return Fox News’ requests for comment.

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The new law is set to go into effect on September 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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