BUS ACCIDENT-STUDENTS HURT
9 students hurt when bus struck by pickup
MINERAL WELLS, Texas (AP) - Police in North Texas say nine children were hurt when their school bus was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver.
The bus was struck shortly after 7 a.m. Friday while stopped at an intersection in Mineral Wells, about 50 miles west of Fort Worth.
Mineral Wells police Sgt. Caleb Randall says 18 students were on the bus and nine were taken to a hospital for treatment. The others were either picked up by parents or continued to school.
Mineral Wells school district spokeswoman Karyn Bullock says the nine students were treated for minor injuries and later released. The students range in age from 7 to 12.
Randall says police later stopped the Ford pickup involved in the accident and arrested the driver, 26-year-old Matthew Cougar of Strawn.
2 men shot, killed at house in South Dallas
DALLAS (AP) - Police say an early morning shooting that left two men dead at a South Dallas home is being investigated as a murder-suicide.
Authorities responded early Friday to a 911 call from the home. Twenty-two-year-old Charles Green suffered a gunshot wound and died at the scene. Also dead at the home was 49-year-old Reginald Brewer. Police are working to determine if Brewer died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
The Dallas Morning News says the shooting was listed in police reports as an act of family violence.
Detectives are interviewing witnesses to learn more about the shooting.
Further details weren't immediately available.
North Texas ice storm insured damage reaches $30M
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An industry group says damage from this month's North Texas ice storm has reached at least $30 million in residential insured losses.
Officials with the Insurance Council of Texas say the losses include downed trees hitting homes, broken pipes and other residential damage in the Dallas area and nearby. The preliminary estimate Thursday does not include losses to vehicles, roads or government property.
Council spokesman Mark Hanna says the losses are expected to go higher.
The wintry weather that hit North Texas beginning Dec. 5 closed schools, government offices and businesses and stranded motorists. Some closures and power outages lingered into this week as thick ice that glazed roads slowly melted.
PERRY-FEDERAL FLOODING ASSISTANCE
Perry asks Obama for flooding disaster declaration
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is asking President Barack Obama for a disaster declaration for three Central Texas counties hit-hard by Halloween floods.
Perry bashes Washington and excessive federal spending every chance he gets. But the governor said in a statement Friday that flood damage "left a devastating financial burden on our local communities."
He said Texans need the president's help to "continue their recovery and rebuild their homes."
Last month, the Small Business Administration granted Perry's request for disaster assistance, allowing storm-damage victims in 11 Texas counties to apply for long-term, low-interest loans.
At least five people died in flooding following end-of-October storms that damaged hundreds of homes, mainly in the Austin area.
Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is still assessing damage that could lead to assistance for area governments.
2 Texas veterans, both 107, to meet for 1st time
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two 107-year-old veterans are set to meet for the first time and swap stories of fighting in the Pacific during World War II.
Austin resident Richard Overton was recently honored by President Barack Obama in Washington as one of the nation's oldest veterans. But he's just three months older than Elmer Hill of Henderson, Texas.
Overton and Hill plan to have lunch together Friday then meet with residents and staff of a senior living community in Austin.
Overton and Hill are both African-Americans who were drafted into a then-segregated U.S. Army.
According to the event's organizer, Emeritus Senior Living, Overton is America's oldest living veteran and Hill is the second-oldest. While that's difficult to verify, no one disputes that both are among the oldest known veterans in the nation.
Texas DPS increasing holiday patrols for 3 weeks
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas troopers have increased patrols to watch for drunken drivers during a three-week holiday reporting period.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says the additional DWI patrols began Friday and run through Jan. 2. The period includes Christmas and New Year's Day.
DPS says the increased patrols are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Texas troopers during the similar holiday enforcement effort last year made more than 1,200 DWI arrests. DPS also had more than 17,600 speeding citations and more than 2,000 seat belt/child safety seat citations.
DPS patrols during last year's holiday period also resulted in 258 fugitive arrests and 211 felony arrests.
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