AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas GOP strategist says Congressman Steve Stockman's surprise announcement of a Senate campaign will be like "a soufflé" that rises quickly but then falls. The conservative Stockman has launched a last-minute challenge to Republican incumbent John Cornyn but most political observers say Stockman has too little money and joined the race too late to have a chance in the March primary.
DALLAS (AP) - Shannon Richardson's attorney says the woman who admits sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will face no more than 18 years in prison. Richardson entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Texarkana. Prosecutors say she mailed three letters from New Boston last spring then went to police and claimed her husband had done it. Her sentencing hearing hasn't been scheduled yet.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge has set bail at $150,000 for a Texas man charged in a shooting at a Las Vegas bus station. James Abney of Forney is a homeless ex-convict who is accused of shooting at security guards who ushered him out of the bus station on a cold night last week. No one was injured.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Is Mack Brown leaving Texas? The school's athletic director says the Longhorns football coach hasn't resigned and no decision has been made about his future. But the website Orangebloods.com is reporting that Brown will announce by the end of the week that he's stepping down. Texas finished 8-4 and closed out the season with lopsided losses to Oklahoma State and Baylor.
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