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Wife Of Texas Man With IRS Grudge Apologizes & Midday Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX –

A spokesman for the wife of the Texas pilot who slammed his plane into an Austin office building says she's sorry for everyone affected by the tragedy.

Rayford Walker says he's a spokesman for Joseph Stack's family. He read a statement from Stack's wife, Sheryl Stack, while standing in front of a house across the street from the Stack home. The Stack home was set on fire Thursday before Joseph Stack crashed his plane into the building.

In the statement, Sheryl Stack thanks her friends and family and offers her "sincerest sympathy" for the victims and their families. She also says she won't comment further.

Authorities say Stack was angry with the government and crashed his plane into the building. He killed himself and one person in the building.

First black woman to earn Texas law license dies

The first black woman to earn a license to practice law in Texas has died.

Charlye Farris died Thursday in Wichita Falls of cancer at age 80. Wichita County District Attorney Barry Macha, a friend, says Farris died at 5:15 p.m. Thursday with her son, Troy, at bedside. Macha tells the Wichita Falls Times Record News that Farris left Wichita Falls and Texas to attend law school in Denver because of her race.

She returned to Wichita Falls, earned her law license in 1953 and became the first woman of any race to practice law in Wichita County. In 1954, she became a county judge pro tem, the first black woman to serve in a judicial position in the South since Reconstruction.

She later served as an acting state district judge and practiced law until her final illness.

Endeavour astronauts say goodbye to space station

After more than a week together, the crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station are parting ways.

The six shuttle astronauts and five station residents embraced and said farewell early Friday before the hatches between the shuttle and station were sealed in preparation for Friday night's undocking.

Endeavour will leave behind a virtually completed space station. The shuttle crew delivered and installed a new room and observation deck that is providing amazing views of Earth.

Late Thursday, the astronauts celebrated the addition of the domed seven-window lookout by cutting a red ribbon in a formal opening ceremony. They also handed over a plaque containing tiny moon rocks from the lunar surface.

Hanging death of Texas boy, 9, ruled suicide

A coroner has ruled a boy found hanged Jan. 21 at his Dallas-area school killed himself.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office, on its Web site Friday, listed the cause of death of the 9-year-old boy as suicide.

The child was found hanged in the bathroom of Stewart's Creek Elementary School in The Colony, about 20 miles north of Dallas.