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President Donald Trump said he will nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Heath Republican, to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence.

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At the Terrell State Hospital, about 30 miles east of Dallas, there are now 20 more inpatient beds for veterans in need of psychiatric care.

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A North Texas jury has convicted a former public official of capital murder in a revenge plot against a local district attorney, his wife and a top assistant.

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One-time Justice of the Peace Eric Williams faces the death penalty for murdering Kaufman County’s District Attorney, his wife, and an Assistant D.A. in 2013. The trial starts today in Rockwall County.

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Update, 7:15 p.m.: Terrell police have charged 36-year-old Charles Brownlow Jr. with the capital murder of a convenience store clerk – the last of five people to be killed at different locations on Monday night.

Police expect to add charges against Brownlow, including the murder of his mother.  Investigators are not talking about a motive. But they say Brownlow was under the influence of something when he was arrested hiding in some woods early Tuesday morning.

His brother says Brownlow also had a drug problem.

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The wife of former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams has confessed to a plot to kill the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and his chief assistant, authorities said Wednesday. And Kim Williams told them her husband was the shooter.

The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department issued a statement saying Chris Heisler did not speak for the family of slain District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia. Heisler said some relatives were "furious" about the way the investigation has been handled.

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Christina Foreman fought through her grief with defiance at a memorial service for her parents Thursday. Her mom, Cynthia McLelland, and her stepfather Mike, district attorney in Kaufman County, were gunned down last weekend in a case that remains unsolved.

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In less than three months, gunmen have assassinated Brandi Fernandez’s boss, District Attorney Mark McLelland, his wife Cynthia and her colleague Mark Hasse. Fernandez, 42, spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since she was appointed interim DA.

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Update, Tuesday, 8:05 p.m.: Citing security concerns, a federal prosecutor in Houston has decided to remove himself from a large racketeering case involving the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang.

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Fred Moss, a former assistant U.S. attorney, says the shootings of the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and his top assistant have all the appearances of professional hits. Moss, who now teaches at Southern Methodist University, talked with KERA about how investigators would approach a case like this one.

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County authorities say the FBI, Texas Rangers, Department of Public Safety, and other agencies have joined the murder investigation of prosecutor Mark Hasse. Security at the county courthouse has also been stepped following yesterday’s shooting.

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Kaufman County authorities say the FBI and numerous other agencies have joined the murder investigation of prosecutor Mark Hasse.  

Authorities are looking for one or more suspects who gunned down Hasse Thursday morning as he walked from his car to the county courthouse.

The Texas Rangers, the Texas Department of Public Safety and neighboring county law enforcement are also assisting in the investigation and search for suspects.

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Police say there’s an armed, uniformed officer this morning guarding the Kaufman County Courthouse parking lot. That’s because Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down there yesterday morning. The investigation and manhunt continues. 

The Dallas County DA's office sent an email warning that "two masked gunmen" are the suspects and still at large following this morning's fatal shooting of a Kaufman County prosecutor. [UPDATE: The Kaufman County Sheriff's office has identified the victim as Assistant D.A. Mark Hasse. The sheriff has called a press conference for 3 p.m.