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David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

In a murder investigation, establishing a time of death help can lead to arresting and convicting the perpetrator — or exonerating someone wrongfully accused. That's why getting it right can mean life or death for someone like Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen. He is facing execution Wednesday for a murder he says he didn’t commit.

The science of “time of death” is something studied every day at the Forensic Anthropology Center in San Marcos, also known as “The Body Ranch.”


Ruth Ruggero Hughs
Texas Workforce Commission

After losing his last chief election officer over a botched review of the state’s voter rolls, Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday appointed a new secretary of state: Ruth Ruggero Hughs.

The main drag in Seguin.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

The economic fallout from a decision by the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority to dewater four area lakes has yet to begin, but members of the business community predict a serious blow.


David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be executed Wednesday by the State of Texas.

It was 19 years ago that Swearingen was convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter. This is the sixth time that Swearingen had a date with death in the Texas prison system. But lingering questions about his guilt have caused the courts to repeatedly step in.

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Advocates for medical and recreational marijuana in Texas said the state is hypocritical for opposing reforms while profiting off the industry.

A restricted area sign at Lake Dunlap.
Courtesy of GBRA

Four Texas lakes will be “dewatered” by the end of September, according to the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority.


Texas Public Radio file photo

County Judge Nelson Wolff said the Bexar County Democratic Party made the right call to not boycott the Bill Miller restaurant chain.


Updated at 4:22 p.m. ET Thursday

Officials in Philadelphia are praising city law enforcement for peacefully resolving a chaotic episode Wednesday night in which a gunman armed with an AR-15 and a handgun fired off more than 100 rounds, hitting six police officers, then barricaded himself inside a residence, creating a more than seven-hour standoff.

The suspect is now in custody and all six wounded officers have been released from local hospitals.

Ionization Labs Cann ID testing module.
Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

For the last two months, dozens of county and district attorneys in Texas have not prosecuted low-level marijuana crimes. That’s because they lack a reliable and affordable way to distinguish between marijuana and hemp, which was just legalized.


 Gregg Dimmick, left, and Sol Garza shift through dirt for artifacts from one dig site at the Long Barrack.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Archaeologists are digging through the summer heat to complete a major project at the Alamo for preservation efforts — and the occasional discovery of artifacts. 

  

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