News For Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Utility Commission to Consider New Power Line Rules

It's a common occurrence: A tree or branch falls on a power line, cutting off electricity to nearby residents. On Thursday, though, the state's Public Utility Commission will vote on rules aiming to make that a little less likely in the future. 

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Death Row Population at Its Lowest Since 1989

Mirroring a national trend, death sentences in Texas have declined over the last decade. Death sentences have fallen 75 percent since 2002, according to a new report. And the Texas death row population is the lowest in more than 20 years. 

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By Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Evening Brief: Dec. 12, 2012

Your evening reading: Straus says he's confident of re-election as speaker; business leaders favor changes to testing system; state posts more strong sales tax growth

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By Spencer Selvidge

Updated: Norwood Trial in Morton Murder Set for March

Mark Norwood's capital murder trial has been set for March in San Angelo. His lawyers sought the delay so they could find experts to review DNA evidence the state says links him to Christine Morton's 1986 murder. 

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