Southwest Journalist

Man gets 8 years for South Texas cartel slaying

Zane Sparling

May 28, 2014

  EDINBURG — A 20-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison in the South Texas slaying of a man who hired him to move a drug load for the Gulf Cartel. The Monitor in McAllen Juan Carlos Morin was sentenced...

Fort Worth may have demolished the wrong home, again

Zane Sparling

May 28, 2014

EMILY SCHMALL Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — Jorge Rodriguez was hoping for an early retirement to Aguascalientes in his native Mexico. Instead, the 56-year-old concrete pourer is suing the city of Fort Worth for...

New Mexico biofuel plant explodes into flames

Zane Sparling

May 27, 2014

JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press ANTHONY, N.M. — A New Mexico biofuel facility caught fire Tuesday, sending a giant column of black smoke into the air and prompting authorities to briefly evacuate an area that included about 350 homes. A series of...

China accused of using court charges to obscure political crackdowns

Zane Sparling

May 27, 2014

DIDI TANG Associated Press BEIJING — In prosecuting the country’s political and social activists, an image-conscious Beijing is shifting its tactics. Beijing is increasingly using public disorder charges to lock up those it considers nu...

5 facts for the 2014 hurricane season

Zane Sparling

May 27, 2014

The Associated Press  Starting this hurricane season, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami will begin dropping small drones into extreme weather systems to study how storms strengthen and better predict a...

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