Texas News Minute

Here is the latest Texas news from The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has narrowly voted to cut taxes on chewing tobacco and raise the price of some smaller cigarette brands. The proposal sent to the Senate mandates that small cigarette brands not included in a 1998 tobacco settlement charge an extra 55 cents per pack, like major competitors.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A jury has sentenced Bartholomew Granger of Houston to death for fatally shooting a woman outside a Beaumont courthouse last year. Granger admitted shooting his daughter but insisted he didn't kill Minnie Ray Sebolt, who was walking nearby. Several guards restrained Granger after he began shouting at Sebolt's daughter in court today.

KEMP, Texas (AP) - A Dallas-area police chief tumbled about 20 feet into an abandoned well while helping round up some loose cattle this morning. Authorities say Kemp police chief Jimmy Council wasn't badly hurt and managed to send a text message for help. It took less than an hour for rescuers to pull him out.

WESLACO, Texas (AP) - The Weslaco school board has indefinitely postponed spending $1 million on what would have been the largest scoreboard at a Texas high school football stadium. The district had planned to use advertising revenue to pay off the cost of the nearly 1,300-square foot screen.

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