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Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau says a second video of deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show him carrying what investigators believe was a knife.

Pamerleau told reporters at a Wednesday news conference that the video has been forwarded to the state crime lab to see if the footage can be blown up and slowed down. She says investigators believe 41-year-old Gilbert Flores was holding a knife when he raised both arms.

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San Antonio police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti that was found spray-painted on about 30 buildings and vehicles.

Investigators say the vandalism was discovered Wednesday in a neighborhood near an Orthodox synagogue.

Howard Feinberg, who's on the board of Congregation Rodfei Sholom, says members noticed the damage after morning prayers.

The graffiti included images of swastikas and references to the Ku Klux Klan.

Police did not immediately announce any arrests.

The synagogue, according to its website, has about 300 families as members.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The possibility of Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton being held in contempt of court for impeding gay rights diminished Monday after a lawyer said the state agreed to update vital records policies for same-sex couples.

Word of a resolution came only hours after Paxton told U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia — who had ordered Paxton to appear before him later this week — that no "high-ranking government official" should be compelled to personally show up in court barring extraordinary circumstances.

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ORANGE, Texas — An 11-foot, 400-pound alligator game officials say was shot and killed without a permit has been identified as the beast that killed a late-night swimmer at a Southeast Texas marina.

Texas game officials say the alligator was shot in the head and killed Monday afternoon in Adams Bayou in Orange, near where Tommie Woodward’s maimed body was found early Friday.

Justice of the Peace Rodney Price of Orange County Precinct 4 said remains found inside the carcass were identified as those of the 28-year-old Orange man.

FORT WORTH — Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center are joining forces to open a medical school in Fort Worth, the biggest Texas city without such a school.

Officials for the two universities announced the collaboration in Fort Worth on Monday. TCU has pledged $50 million toward the project, while the UNT Health Science Center has rounded up about $25 million in private pledges.

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AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office hired several people from his campaign and elsewhere, before they submitted applications or the jobs were posted publicly, as required by state law.

Fourteen people who worked on Paxton’s campaign or for former Gov. Rick Perry or U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz were given administrative jobs in the new attorney general’s office, the Austin American-Statesman.

Only one of those jobs was advertised, and records obtained by the newspaper show that Paxton’s office had chosen someone for it the day before the posting went online. The hires highlight ethics laws that are often ignored and have no enforcement mechanisms behind them.

Several Perry hires were found last year to have received their positions without any competition, the newspaper reported.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army general has been reprimanded for steering a defense contract to a firm run by two former classmates at West Point, according to a published report.

Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, who as deputy commander for operations in the Middle East oversaw the training of Iraqi forces, was reprimanded after an investigation by the Army’s inspector general, according to The Washington Post, which cited documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

An Army review board is considering whether to strip Pittard of his rank as a two-star general before he is allowed to retire, the newspaper reported.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Baton Rouge police say two 23-year-old Texas women were shot to death in a car, and investigators don’t have any suspects or motive.

Cpl. Don Coppola says in a news release that the bodies of Brandi Gilbert of Plano and Corrin Rayford of Grapevine were found about 11 p.m. Friday in a vehicle parked on the roadside.

Area resident Lyle Hitzman has told media outlets that he called police late Friday because an unfamiliar car was parked in a dark area near his house. He says he did not approach it and was shocked to learn that two women’s bodies had been found inside. He says the neighborhood is a pretty quiet area.

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DALLAS — Rains that swept through North Texas has caused flooding that closed some roads, seeped into some homes and caused the collapse of a rural bridge under a truck carrying a family.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford said that about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the South Sulphur River collapsed as a truck carrying a family was crossing. A Good Samaritan threw the family a rope, and they managed to climb back up the road. Bradford says no one was injured.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ted Ryan told The Associated Press that 3 to 6 inches of rain fell across the already-saturated area Sunday.

HOUSTON — The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy fatally shot a suicidal man who was armed with a power drill. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies encountered the man when they responded to a residence in north Harris County on Sunday afternoon after a reported disturbance.

Deputy Thomas Gilliland tells the Houston Chronicle when deputies entered, they met a 49-year-old man who was wielding the drill and threatening to kill himself. Gilliland says when the man approached a deputy with the drill, the deputy shot and killed him.

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