Texas news minute

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The Storm Prediction Center says severe storms are possible this weekend in parts of the Southern Plains and Southeast. The center, based in Norman, Okla., says damaging winds and some tornadoes are possible Saturday in an area stretching from Austin, Texas, to Memphis, Tenn. The area at risk also includes much of Arkansas, southern Illinois, southeastern Missouri and western Kentucky, along with northern Louisiana and southeast Oklahoma.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - An inmate serving 70 years in a North Texas drug case has pleaded guilty to the 1984 slaying of an elderly woman and was sentenced to 20 more years behind bars. Prosecutors in Tarrant County say 59-year-old James L. Sanders pleaded guilty yesterday to murder in a cold case finally solved with DNA evidence. Fort Worth police on Jan. 6, 1984, responded to reports of a woman attacked at her home. Investigators say 82-year-old Elsie Deem Stuck was beaten but managed to call a friend, who summoned help. Stuck died several weeks later.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Some parents have raised concerns that a lockdown drill at a Central Texas school surprised and unnecessarily scared children and teachers. Parents were notified by email an hour before the drill at Small Middle School but students and most staff had no prior warning. School district police Chief Eric Mendez says officers aren't looking to traumatize anyone - but a drill is less effective if people know it's coming. The drill included an administrator announcing over the public address system: "Emergency conditions exist. This is a lockdown."

PLANO, Texas (AP) - Another Texas city has cleared the way for pooches to join their owners on restaurant patios. The Plano City Council yesterday voted to amend its health code to allow dogs in outside seating areas. Plano City Council member Andre Davidson says it's a business decision. Restaurants wishing to allow dogs on the property must seek a variance. The animals must be kept on leashes and are barred from going into restaurants. Austin, Dallas and San Antonio have similar ordinances.

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