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Fort Hood Suspect Being Moved To Jail & Midday Roundup


By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – The officer charged in the Fort Hood massacre is being processed to move to the Bell County Jail as he faces a June 1 hearing at the post.

Defense attorney John Galligan says doctors at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio gave Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan a "discharge physical" Wednesday evening.

Hasan was not included Thursday in an online listing of inmates in the jail, located about 15 miles from the central Texas post. Sheriff's Deputy Felix Gutierrez told The Associated Press that he could not give out any information.

Galligan says the 183-day jail contract to house Hasan began Wednesday. Hasan was paralyzed from the chest down after civilian police shot him to stop the Nov. 5 rampage.

Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 of attempted premeditated murder.

Judge denies AG intervention in same-sex divorce

A judge has denied Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's request to intervene in a same-sex divorce case in Travis County. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the decision by state District Judge Scott Jenkins on Wednesday lets his February decision stand, granting the divorce to two women wedded in another state.

Abbott's staff had argued that 39-year-old Angelique Naylor and 42-year-old Sabina Daly couldn't be granted a divorce because their marriage in Massachusetts wasn't recognized by Texas law. The attorney general's office contends that the best legal way to bring finality to the couple and protect the interests of their son was to legally void the marriage.

Naylor, who filed for the divorce, still lives in Austin. Daly and their son now live in San Antonio.

Museum destroyed by fire reopening on Good Friday

A Dallas museum devoted to biblically-themed artwork that was destroyed by fire in 2005 is set to reopen on Good Friday.

Museum of Biblical Arts co-director Scott Peck says the museum will be bigger and better than before with 11 galleries in about 32,000 square feet. The galleries feature biblical archaeology, religious architecture, European art, African-American and Hispanic art, Jewish art and works by Israeli artists.

There is also an art restoration lab where visitors can watch conservators restore paintings and other art pieces. Peck says even the museum's building is a work of art, designed by Dallas architect Frank Meier.

Formerly called the Biblical Arts Center, the museum was founded in the mid-1960s by Mattie Caruth Byrd.

FAA relaxes rules about flying over Crawford ranch

The Federal Aviation Administration has relaxed restrictions of flying over former President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

According to a Federal Register notice published this week, the FAA has reduced the closed airspace by about one-third now that the former president resides in Dallas. The action restores previously restricted airspace to public use, according to the official journal of the federal government.

Still, the Federal Register notes the U.S. Secret Service recognizes the need for ongoing security for the prohibited area. The former president and first lady Laura Bush moved to Dallas after leaving the White House.