HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas inmate has been executed for fatally shooting a newlywed during a robbery more than 25 years ago. Alvin Braziel Jr. received lethal injection Tuesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. The 43-year-old Braziel was condemned for the 1993 slaying of 27-year-old Douglas White as he and his wife walked along a jogging trail in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is defending the Trump administration's stricter immigration policies and decrying federal judges attempting to block many of them. Visiting Texas on Tuesday, Whitaker praised a crackdown aiming to reduce the number of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, then seek asylum because of fears of violence or persecution back home. He didn't address speculation that he could be a choice to replace John Kelly as Trump's new chief of staff.
HOUSTON (AP) - State Rep. Carol Alvarado narrowly avoided a runoff with fellow Democratic Rep. Ana Hernandez to win a special election for the state Senate District 6 seat and complete the term of Sylvia Garcia, who is heading to Congress. Alvarado took 50.4 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election to Hernandez's 24.3 percent in the Democrat-friendly district. She will complete Garcia's term, which ends in 2021.
DALLAS (AP) - A former Dallas City Council member will finish the term of a disgraced ex-councilman who resigned after pleading guilty to accepting bribes in a school buses scandal. Carolyn King Arnold on Tuesday defeated Keyaira Saunders in the runoff for the seat formerly held by Dwaine Caraway. Caraway was mayor pro tem when in August he pleaded guilty to federal public corruption charges and resigned. Investigators say Caraway, who awaits sentencing, accepted about $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks.
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