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The Texas Department of Transportation is scrapping its plan to help drivers along Highway 151 and Loop 1604 because of a tiny little spider. The agency says it has released the contractor for the project. Construction of an underpass stopped when crews found a rare Braken Bat Cave meshweaver spider. No one had seen the spider in more than 30 years. TXDOT now says it plans to redesign the entire project so that it won't affect the spider. While that happens, crews plan to remove the construction equipment in the area.
Appeal seeks halt to Texas woman's execution
June 19, 2013 15:39 GMT
By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) -- The lawyer for a Dallas County woman set to die next week has appealed to block her execution.
Kimberly McCarthy on June 26 would be the first woman put to death in the U.S. since 2010 and the 500th prisoner executed in Texas since the death penalty resumed in 1982.
The 52-year-old former nursing home therapist was condemned for the 1997 fatal stabbing, beating and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth.
McCarthy's appeal late Tuesday in state courts contends black jurors were improperly excluded from her trial, and her lawyers should have challenged the exclusions. Lawyer Maurie Levin says the punishment should be stopped in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision backing another Texas prisoner who raised similar arguments about attorney competence.
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