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This week on Fronteras:

-- Texas lawmakers are fast-tracking laws that would allow licensed residents to carry guns more openly and on college campuses.

-- National attention on the police shooting deaths of young black and brown men prompts student lessons on how to be safe.

-- An Iraqi immigrant is shot and killed in Dallas. The killing raises disturbing questions.

-- The history of frontier guns and why people feel a connection with firearms.

DALLAS  — Police say a suspect arrested Friday in the killing of an Iraqi man taking photos of his first snow said he was looking for whoever shot at his girlfriend’s home when he randomly came upon the victim and opened fire.

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NEW YORK — Oil prices have further to drop with few signs of slowing production in the U.S., according to a global energy agency.

The International Energy Agency, a watchdog group based in Paris that represents the world’s main oil-importing nations, said in its monthly report Friday that the recent stabilization in oil prices is “precarious.”

“Behind the facade of stability, the rebalancing triggered by the price collapse has yet to run its course,” it said. That may be playing out right now. Oil prices tumbled 10 percent this week, including a 5 percent drop Friday.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline appealed to Nebraska lawmakers on Wednesday in their latest effort to overturn the state law that allowed former Gov. Dave Heineman to approve a route through the state.

About 60 landowners and activists rallied at the state Capitol in Lincoln as pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. defended its use of eminent domain to gain access to property owned by holdouts.

Their arguments in a nearly five-hour hearing included several testy exchanges with senators who support the pipeline. Opponents asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would reverse the 2012 pipeline-siting law.

The law allowed TransCanada to bypass Nebraska’s Public Service Commission, which reviews most pipeline proposals, and seek approval instead through a state agency overseen by the governor. Heineman, a Republican, supported the project.

DALLAS — A handful of protesters took to the street in front of the home of a former University of Oklahoma student and fraternity member who was shown in a video leading a racist chant aboard a bus.

About 20 demonstrators Wednesday evening marched up and down the North Dallas residential street in front of the home of Parker Rice. Watching them were about two dozen news media representatives and six police officers.

The protesters chanted, “Racism is taught,” and, “Racism is a choice.”

DALLAS — Dallas police are investigating the killing of an Iraqi man who was shot to death as he took photos of his first ever snowstorm.

Police are searching for four young suspects in the killing of 36-year-old Ahmed Al-Jumaili last Wednesday night. Authorities do not know if Al-Jumaili was targeted.

Alia Salem, executive director of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Monday that Al-Jumaili had escaped violence in Iraq and had been in Dallas for just 20 days when he was shot.

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NORMAN, Okla. — A racist chant by several members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity that was caught on video led to outrage from the school’s president and the organization’s banishment from campus, but fallout from the incident appears far from over.

President David Boren said an investigation is underway to determine if some of the students could be expelled for violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination. The video, which was posted online, shows several people on a bus participating in a chant that included a racial slur, referenced lynching and indicated black students would never be admitted to OU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. “We are also going to look at any individual perpetrators, particularly those that we think took a lead in this kind of activity,” Boren said.

A top high school recruit de-committed from the university on Monday after seeing the video. And an online fundraiser has been launched to help support an African-American cook who worked at the fraternity for about a decade.

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HOUSTON — A portion of the busy Houston Ship Channel was shut Monday after two 600-foot ships collided in fog, causing a leak of flammable liquid.

Methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, a gasoline additive aboard the Danish-flagged chemical tanker Carla Maersk, leaked from tanks that ruptured in the vessel’s collision with a 623-foot Liberian bulk carrier, Conti Peridot, Coast Guard Petty Officer Manda Emery said.

Three cargo tanks on the vessel were ruptured, releasing an unknown quantity of the gasoline additive, said Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer, commander of the Houston-Galveston Coast Guard District. “This is not a cargo chemical that is easy to clean up,” he said.

courtesy Austin Police Department

AUSTIN — Arizona Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafor was jailed in Texas after leading police on a foot chase after a report of a disturbance in downtown Austin.

Austin police Cpl. David Boyd says officers checking a report of a disturbance in Austin's downtown entertainment district tried to question the ex-Texas Longhorns star early Monday, only to have him dart away on foot.

Officers were able to catch Okafor and determined that he had been named in an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. However, Boyd had no other information on the charge contained in the warrant.

GOP Tries To Undercut Nuclear Deal, And Obama, With Open Letter To Iran

Mar 9, 2015
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WASHINGTON  — Republican lawmakers warned the leaders of Iran on Monday that any nuclear deal they cut with President Barack Obama could expire the day he leaves office. The White House denounced the GOP’s latest effort to undercut the international negotiations as a “rush to war.”

Monday’s open letter from 47 GOP senators marked an unusually public and aggressive attempt to undermine Obama and five world powers as negotiators try to strike an initial deal by the end of March to limit Iran’s nuclear programs.

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