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A sheriff's shocking testimony: Texas children being recruited by criminals to smuggle people, drugs into the US
The Blaze
Brooks County Chief Deputy Sheriff Benny Martinez told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that his region of the state is seeing a huge increase in the smuggling of illegal aliens and drugs from Mexico into the United States, and that criminal cartels are starting to recruit Texas children to help them commit these crimes.
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2 Texas men could receive life in prison for pot brownies
San Antonio Express-News
Two men arrested near Amarillo could receive life in prison after a Potter County sheriff's deputy found pot brownies inside their vehicle. Eli Manna, 30, and Andrew George, 27, were charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group 2 over 400 grams, a first-degree felony in Texas that carries up to a life sentence.
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Longview, Gregg County officials react to bills aimed at synthetic drugs
Longview News-Journal
Longview and Gregg County officials were pleased Wednesday by the news that the Texas Senate unanimously passed three bills designed to stop the sale of synthetic drugs in the state. The bills — two authored by Republican state Sen. Charles Perry of Lubbock and one by Republican state Sen. Joan Huffman of Houston — would broaden the range of synthetic drugs that could not be sold, manufactured or possessed in Texas.

"This is a positive step for us just to have a uniform bill that all cities can use to rid our streets of this poison," Longview Mayor Jay Dean said.

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Angelina County Sheriff's Office: Couple arrested for sexual activity in parked car
KTRE-TV
Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested an East Texas couple early Sunday morning after they were allegedly caught "engaging in sexual activity" in a parked car in a well-lit parking lot.
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Supreme Court considers impact of disability law on police
The Associated Press via The Daily Progress
The Supreme Court seemed skeptical that the nation's disabilities law requires police to take special precautions when arresting armed and violent suspects who are mentally ill. Most justices expressed doubts about second-guessing police who are trying to protect public safety.
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The clash over police body cameras heats up
AllGov
The addition of body cameras on police officers was supposed to make police work more transparent by recording the actions of law enforcement. But more than a dozen states are now trying to change open records laws to shield these recordings from being seen by the media and the public.
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4 steps toward more realistic firearms training
PoliceOne
Think about the firearms qualification test at your agency. Do you think it looks anything like the conditions you might encounter in a gunfight on the street? Can we draw any conclusions about the shooter, based on the target? Could we assume that the shooter was a good officer? A good marksman? That he or she would perform well in a gunfight?
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The driver's license of the future is coming to your smartphone
CNET
The road ahead may soon lead to a digital driver's license on your mobile phone. The printed plastic driver's license has been a standard for decades, acting not just as proof that you can drive but as an ID to verify your age and identity. Getting issued a license is a rite of passage for many a teenager. The license has a status that transcends mere motoring.
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