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Police Investigating Officer's Crash & Nightly Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX –

The medical examiner says an off-duty Fort Worth police officer's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he was involved in a crash that killed a woman.

Results released Thursday indicate the blood-alcohol level for Jesus Cisneros' was .17 at the time of the fatal collision Dec. 11. The legal limit in Texas is .08. Fort Worth police say they are now trying to determine how fast Cisneros was driving in his unmarked car and will investigate the crash as an intoxication manslaughter case.

The narcotics officer has not been charged but is now on restricted duty.

Southwest CEO on mergers: Never say never

The chief executive officer of Southwest Airlines says the discount carrier would never rule out the idea of acquiring another carrier in order to grow.

But CEO Gary Kelly told a Wings Club gathering in New York on Thursday that it is important to Southwest to maintain its point-to-point business model and its ability to manage its fleet, which helps keep costs low.

Kelly says Dallas-based Southwest will be on the prowl for any opportunities that help it grow.

Earlier this year, Southwest made a bid to buy Frontier Airlines out of bankruptcy but withdrew when it could not get an agreement with union pilots over merging the Southwest and Frontier crews.

Frontier was bought instead by Republic Airways Holdings Inc.

Fort Hood ramps up gun-registration policy

Fort Hood is ramping up its gun-registration policy in the wake of last month's deadly mass shooting.

Soldiers and their families living on the Army post and anyone staying there temporarily must register any personal weapon that's kept there.

Now, the policy also applies to soldiers living off post and civilian hunters if they plan to use a gun at Fort Hood. Those who enter the post must tell guards if they have a weapon with them.

Post officials say they will increase enforcement and inspection, and those who don't comply face penalties.

Officials say the changes were made after the Nov. 5 shooting on the post that left 13 dead and dozens more wounded. An Army psychiatrist who lived off post, Maj. Nidal Hasan, has been charged in the case.

A&M's Byrne says audit findings corrected

An internal audit says the Texas A&M athletic department needs to do better when dealing with money. The San Antonio Express-News reported Thursday that the 25-page report said the department "requires significant improvement in its financial controls and processes."

Auditors from the A&M system concentrated on September 2007 to December 2008.

A&M athletic director Bill Byrne, in his online column, said auditors found that the department had limited monitoring of, and limited accountability for, daily financial operations.

Byrne, who become AD in 2002, says many audit recommendations are now in place or will be shortly. Byrne says he is confident that "our business operations are being conducted effectively and efficiently today."

The report notes more than $2.5 million in revenues and expenses were not included in the department's fiscal 2008 statements.