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Posted on October 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 6 at 2:00 PM

Texas news at 3 p.m. CDT.

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NEW THIS DIGEST

— ANONYMOUS-MAN ARRESTED.

— TEXAS-PASTOR KILLED.

— MEXICO-VIOLENCE.

TEXAS-TESTING SCANDAL

EL PASO, Texas — A federal judge sentenced the former superintendent of El Paso Independent School District to more than three years in prison Friday for his participation in a conspiracy to improve the district's high-stakes tests scores by removing low-performing students from classrooms. Lorenzo Garcia's scheme to prevent hundreds of sophomores from taking the accountability tests fooled authorities into believing that academic standards had improved in his West Texas district. By Juan Carlos Llorca.

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MILITARY ELECTRONICS-INDICTMENT

HOUSTON — An FBI agent testified Friday about how a Houston-based company for years had illicitly sold military technology to Russia. Agent Crosby Houpt accused Alexander Fishenko, owner of Arc Electronics Inc., of coaching employees on how to hide that cutting-edge microelectronics the company was sending to Russia were ending up with military and intelligence agencies. A judge is considering whether to grant bail to Fishenko and seven other defendants arrested earlier this week. By Juan A. Lozano.

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MOTHER-SISTER SLAIN

ALEDO, Texas — A North Texas sheriff said Friday "it's a big mystery" why a 17-year-old boy gunned down his mother and teenage sister in their home. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Friday that Jake Evans remains jailed without bond on a capital murder charge. During a 25-minute call to 911 early Thursday, Evans calmly says shooting his mother and 15-year-old sister in their upscale home west of Fort Worth "just kind of happened." Evans tells the operator he'd "been kind of planning on killing for a while now" and he could have shot "pretty much just anybody." By Angela K. Brown.

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ANONYMOUS-MAN ARRESTED

DALLAS — Barrett Brown has at various times presented himself as an author, a supporter of Internet freedom and a spokesman for the movement of hacker-activists known as Anonymous. In hundreds of posts online, Brown praised Anonymous' work, ripped opponents and lashed out at what he saw as his biggest nemesis: the FBI. Now, those online postings have landed the 31-year-old Brown in federal prison on charges of threats and retaliation. By Nomaan Merchant and Raphael G. Satter.

TEXAS-PASTOR KILLED

FORT WORTH, Texas — A North Texas man accused of murdering a suburban Fort Worth pastor and beating a church secretary before stealing her car last year testified Friday that he was at the scene but stayed outside the church while two friends committed the crimes. Steven Lawayne Nelson says he did enter the church and step around the victims to steal a laptop. Nelson faces the death penalty if convicted.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE

MEXICO CITY — The attorney general in the violence-torn border state of Coahuila said Friday the fatal shooting of the governor's nephew came hours after one of Mexico's most-feared drug bosses was killed by state police. Attorney General Homero Ramos says revenge "could be a hypothesis" for the slaying of 25-year-old Jose Eduardo Moreira in Acuna, across the border from Del Rio, Texas.

CHILD SUPPORT SETTLEMENT

RICHMOND, Va. — More than 1,000 Virginia families will receive a share of a $913,866 settlement between the state and a child-support collection company. Attorneys for the state filed a motion in Richmond Circuit Court this week seeking an order to allow distribution of funds collected in the lawsuit against Texas-based Supportkids Inc. By Larry O'Dell.

EXCHANGE-ADOLPHUS HOTEL

DALLAS — As the Adolphus hotel, the grand dame of Dallas inns, celebrates 100 years Friday, it faces a few 21st-century challenges. It's flanked by nearby hotels that have spent multiple millions in the past few years on high-tech upgrades or new construction. While the Adolphus has installed tech-friendly features recently, the last major upgrade took place when Jimmy Carter was president. By Karen Robinson-Jacobs.

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Also:

— SOUTH TEXAS-SHOOTING DEATH — A South Texas man sentenced to 60 years in prison after being convicted of murder asked the victim's son for forgiveness while being escorted out of the courtroom.

— TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL — The conviction and death sentence of a Dallas man for fatally stabbing his estranged wife and drowning her 6-year-old daughter in a bathtub have been upheld by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

— KILLEEN-SOLDIER KILLED — A Fort Hood soldier was shot to death and another was injured during a fight outside a Killeen home. Killeen police say 22-year-old Jamie Lee Schnider died after he was shot Thursday night.

— EL PASO-STANDOFF — A 25-year-old man has apparently killed himself during a five-hour standoff with authorities in El Paso County that started when he opened fire on a bail bondsman and three deputies trying to serve him with a criminal warrant.

BUSINESS:

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-TRAFFIC

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines Co.'s traffic fell in September and a key revenue measure declined as airlines haven't been able to raise prices as often as they did last year. Southwest said Friday that passenger revenue for every seat flown one mile — a closely watched statistic for airlines — dropped by between 2 and 3 percent compared with September 2011. The figure had been rising about 2 percent for the previous two months.

SPORTS REFER:

— BBA--ORIOLES-RANGERS — The two-time defending AL champion Rangers play in the winner-take-all wild card game against Baltimore. Texas lost nine of its last 13 games, and the AL West crown on the regular season's last day. Yu Darvish makes his MLB postseason debut, and faces the Orioles for the first time. O's starter Joe Saunders has never won at Rangers Ballpark. By Stephen Hawkins. Game starts 7:37 p.m. CT. AP photos.

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