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Ryan E. Poppe

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.

Courtesy: The Texas Department of Transportation

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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