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By: Fox S.A. Staff
Relatives of those killed at a Colorado movie theater rejected an invitation to attend its planned reopening, calling it a "disgusting offer" that came at a terrible time — right after the first Christmas without their loved ones.
A theatre representative invited victims to a "special evening of remembrance on Thursday, January 17 at 5 P.M. (where) a movie will be shown following the remembrance ceremony."
The event is set to take place at the theatre where the massacre took place in July.
In a written response to Cinemark, several of the victims relatives said, "We, the families, recognize your thinly veiled publicity ploy for what it is: A great opportunity for you to distance yourselves and divert public scrutiny from your culpability in this massacre."
Sandy Phillips, mother of San Antonio native and shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, is among those who signed the response.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Judge to hear new evidence in school finance case
June 19, 2013 16:20 GMT
By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The judge in Texas' sweeping school finance case says he will hear new evidence based on the Legislature's recent restoring of about $3.4 billion in funding to classrooms.
State District Judge John Dietz presided over months of testimony, then ruled in February that how Texas funds schools is inadequate and inequitable.
But his decision was based on lawmakers' 2011 cuts of $5.4 billion from public education. The Legislature has now approved a new state budget restoring $3.4 billion of that.
Dietz said the case will return to trial in January to hear six weeks of testimony on what the new funding means.
More than 600 school districts sued following the 2011 cuts, arguing they were unconstitutional. The districts still say more money won't fix flaws in the overall school-funding formula.
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