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Texas AG: Gay-marriage ban in state's interest

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Attorney General Greg Abbott's office is arguing that the U.S. Constitution allows Texas to ban same-sex marriage to promote the birth of children in "stable, lasting relationships."

Abbott's office filed a brief Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia declared the state law unconstitutional in February, but allowed Texas to keep enforcing its ban pending an appeal.

Abbott's office said Monday that the case wasn't about whether Texas should allow gay marriage, but "about the question of who decides." It said Texas voters approved the referendum by large margins and deserved to decide whether to keep it.

It also argued that Texas has an interest in promoting opposite-sex marriages and reducing "societal costs."


Dallas-bound jet returns to Omaha as precaution

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Mechanics have been checking an American Airlines jet that made a precautionary landing in Omaha after crew members reported what smelled like an electrical fire in the cockpit.

Omaha television station KMTV says the Dallas-bound jet took off from Omaha just before 6:30 p.m. Monday but soon turned around and landed back at Eppley Airfield.

American spokesman Matt Miller told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Flight 2323 carried 62 passengers and five crew members. Miller says a replacement for the MD-80 aircraft took off about 9:30 p.m. and made it to Dallas without incident.

Miller says he had no word yet on what, if anything, was wrong with the flight's original plane.


Texas man arguing with wife drives car into home

CEDAR HILL, Texas (AP) - Police in North Texas say they've arrested a man who became upset with his wife and drove his car into their home, trapping the woman in the rubble.

Firefighters in the Dallas suburb of Cedar Hill worked early Tuesday to remove the unidentified woman from debris in a bathroom. She was taken to a hospital and her condition was not known.

Cedar Hill city spokesman Corky Brown says 48-year-old Scottey Davis was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held Tuesday at the DeSoto regional jail.

Brown says the couple was arguing and the dispute escalated.

The car later Tuesday was in the front yard with bricks and other debris littering the front of the home.

Online jail records did not indicate an attorney for Davis.


About 70K Austin utility residents wrongly billed

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - About 70,000 utility customers in Central Texas have been billed for water costs that were higher or lower than correct.

Austin Energy spokesman Carlos Cordova tells the Austin American-Statesman that the city made errors on wastewater charges. The company controls the city's billing system for water, wastewater, electricity and trash pickup. The errors go back several months.

Cordova says about 35,000 customers overpaid and about 35,000 underpaid. He says those who overpaid will receive a credit on their September bills. Those who underpaid won't be back-charged.

The newspaper reported Monday that there are no estimates on how much a typical household over- or underpaid. It's also unclear how much Austin will lose in revenue.

Cordova says the incorrect amounts most customers were charged appear to be small.


House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.

The bill will cost $659 million through the end of this fiscal year, far smaller than the $3.7 billion requested by President Barack Obama. Lawmakers leaving a meeting on the issue Tuesday morning said the bill appeared to enjoy widespread support, although some conservatives said they remained opposed.

Lawmakers said it was important to act this week before Congress adjourns for its annual August recess.

Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas predicted the legislation would pass with broad GOP support.


SMU sells nearly $350K in beer, wine at ball games

DALLAS (AP) - Figures show SMU sold nearly $350,000 in beer and wine at basketball games since sales began in January.

The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that the $350,000 is for gross sales. Details are from the state comptroller's office and university records. Part of the proceeds go to vendor Aramark.

Athletic department spokesman Brad Sutton says beer and wine sales, which started Jan. 4 at Moody Coliseum, made up more than half of the $650,000 in food and other concessions sold at games.

SMU students age 21 and older were limited to three beers per game, with stubs on a wristband used to confirm purchases.

The school will allow beer sales at football games this fall. Alcohol is already permitted in luxury suites at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

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