Wreck near Refugio kills 4

Tara Bryant

CORPUS CHRISTI — Officials say four people have died in a three-vehicle wreck after an SUV hydroplaned near Refugio.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Cpl. Charlie Ramirez said a Chevrolet Suburban traveling south on U.S. Highway 77 skidded on the wet highway, going into the northbound lane, where it struck a Ford Mustang early Monday evening. A Nissan Altima then struck the Mustang.

Ramirez told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that two people in the Suburban and two people in the Mustang died.

He said there were 12 people total in the three vehicles. Other passengers suffered injuries that were not considered life threatening.

Ramirez said the Suburban was traveling to the Rio Grande Valley. The other cars were headed to the Houston area.

Refugio is about 40 miles northeast of Corpus Christi.

George W. Bush recoups from partial knee replacement

DALLAS — Former President George W. Bush has successfully had a partial knee replacement in Chicago.

Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said Bush had the procedure Saturday and returned home to Dallas on Monday. Ford wrote in an email Tuesday that Bush was “doing great” and was able to “get up, walk around and go up and down stairs just a couple hours after the procedure.”

Ford said he would not release further details.

Bush is known as a fitness buff. Since leaving the White House, the 67-year-old has hosted an annual 100-kilometer mountain bike ride in which he rides along with those injured in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He participated in the ride earlier this month at his Crawford ranch.

He had a heart procedure to ease a blocked artery in August.

Nebraska woman eats two 72-ounce steaks in less than 15 minutes

AMARILLO — A competitive eater from Nebraska has set a record by devouring a 72-ounce steak at an Amarillo steakhouse, and then decided to chase it down with another 72 ounces.

The Amarillo Globe-News and the Twitter page for the Big Texan Steak Ranch said Molly Schuyler ate the 4 1/2-pound slab of beef in 4 minutes, 58 seconds on Monday.

She then took a more pedestrian time of 9:59 to finish the second.

The restaurant rewards diners with a free meal if they eat not just the 72-ounce steak, but also a baked potato, shrimp, a salad and a bread roll in less than an hour.

The previous record was 8:52.

In February, Schuyler, a 5-foot-7, 125-pound mother from Bellevue, Nebraska, ate 363 chicken wings in 30 minutes to set a record in Philadelphia.

Wayland Baptist plans groundbreaking for Jimmy Dean Museum

PLAINVIEW — A museum dedicated to Jimmy Dean, the country singer and sausage mogul, plans to break ground next month.

Wayland Baptist University and the Museum of the Llano Estacado will break ground June 24 on the Jimmy Dean Museum addition to the museum on the Wayland campus in Plainview, the hometown of Dean.

The Dean family contributed $1 million to the university in 2008 in what is the largest cash gift in school history. The museum will cost about $5 million to complete and will house memorabilia from Jimmy Dean’s personal collection. It will depict Dean’s life from his childhood in northeastern Plainview to his career in music, television and business.

A bronze statue of Dean will be delivered this week and moved to the museum entrance.

An earlier version of this article misstated the size of the steak that Molly Schuyler ate. She ate a 4 1/2-pound steak, not a 40-pound steak.

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