We are receiving lots of information. There are multiple crime scenes, and we ask that the public remain patient during this investigation.Scott McCollum, Assistant Chief of the College Station Police Department - During a press briefing, providing additional information on the events surrounding today’s shooting in College Station. Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann has been confirmed to have died as a result of the shooting, and another officer is being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. Two civilians were shot as well, one of which has been pronounced dead, and two other officers are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Although operations have not resumed, officials from the San Antonio Police Department have confirmed that the three vehicles being investigated at San Antonio International Airport are not dangerous. Passengers from arriving flights have been allowed to enter the airport, and evacuated passengers have been allowed to re-enter the lobbies of both terminals; however, still no word on when the estimate 2,000 people affected by the evacuation will be able to resume their travel plans. source
Update: Bomb technicians have finished their investigation of the parking garages, and police are now allowing traffic to flow back into the airport. We’re still awaiting the resumption of normal airport operations.
Update 2: Airport officials have announced that normal operations have resumed, and asked for patience with the many flights that have been delayed or canceled. Local police, TSA officials, and the FBI are now searching for the caller behind today’s bomb threat.
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UPDATE: The bomb threat has been lifted, Breaking News reports.
The Voting Rights Act wasn’t designed to be enmeshed in partisan politics. And that’s what is happening now.Nathaniel Persily, a professor at Columbia Law School • Discussing the sudden legal pressure the Voting Rights Act is facing in states like Texas. The act was introduced in the 1960s to protect African-American voters from disenfranchisement at the polls. But recent state laws have begun to test its legality. Earlier this year, the Obama administration blocked a Texas law that would require voters to show photo ID, saying it was “unfair to minority voters.” Texas says it wants to prevent voter fraud; Georgia and Indiana have passed similar measures. Now, the fight is starting to heat up — with a hearing on Monday in a federal district court on Texas’ law, a possible prelude to a Supreme Court decision. Is it a reflection of the political climate? “Actions and interpretations that previously would not have raised partisan eyebrows are now seen as outrages,” said Persily. source (via • follow)