Texas news minute

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Some homes along rain-swollen Central Texas rivers have been evacuated and schools delayed opening amid flooding and high-water rescues. The National Weather Service issued flash flooding warnings for nine Texas counties. An emergency shelter was set up in Wimberley after flooding along Cypress Creek prompted evacuations.

DALLAS (AP) - A man who admitted to police that he killed a convenience store clerk still faces the death penalty. Jurors can choose between death or life imprisonment without parole for Matthew Johnson. Johnson poured lighter fluid on Nancy Harris as she stood behind the store counter and set her on fire after she had opened the register for him.

TERRELL, Texas (AP) - Investigators say the man accused of killing five people in Terrell planned to kill two more. Charles Everett Brownlow Jr. was arraigned yesterday on capital murder and evading arrest charges in the death convenience store clerk Luis Leal (lay-AL'). Terrell Police Chief Jody Lay says other charges are pending.

HOUSTON (AP) - Plans to auction a rare permit that will allow a hunter to take down an endangered rhino are drawing criticism from conservationists. The organizer says the fundraiser could bring in more than $1 million. John Jackson says that money will go toward protecting the species.The auction is set for the Dallas club's convention in January.

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