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Austin Chief Out Of Running For Dallas Police Job & Nightly Roundup


By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says he'll remain as the Texas capital's top police officer.

Acevedo told a meeting with the Austin American-Statesman that he's withdrawn as a finalist for the Dallas police chief vacancy and won't seek another job for several years.

WFAA-TV of Dallas-Fort Worth reports that Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm expects to appoint a new chief Wednesday.

The 45-year-old Austin chief told the American-Statesman that he hopes to remain in law enforcement until at least age 52. He says he'd then be interested in becoming a police monitor in Europe.

Acevedo had been one of six finalists chosen for the Dallas vacancy. Others were Louisville, Ky., Metro Police Chief Robert White; San Jose, Calif., Police Chief Robert Davis; and Dallas assistant police chiefs David Brown, Daniel Garcia and Floyd Simpson.

Complaint says GOP candidate broke rules

A liberal watchdog group is accusing Republican nominee for the Texas Supreme Court Debra Lehrmann of violating fundraising rules with a $20,000 campaign loan from her mother-in-law.

A consultant to Lehrmann's campaign says the loan is legal.

Texans for Public Justice filed a complaint Tuesday with the state Ethics Commission. It says the loan amount exceeds the $5,000 contribution cap for judicial campaigns. The group says only close family members can make larger loans.

Consultant Susan Lilly says the law allows loans of unlimited amounts from family members and that Lehrmann did nothing wrong.

Texas gov. shoots, kills 'wily' coyote during jog

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don't mess with my dog.

Perry says he needed just one shot from his laser-sighted pistol to take down a coyote that was menacing his dog during an early morning jog in an undeveloped area near Austin.

Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he sometimes carries his pistol, loaded with hollow-point bullets, when he jogs on trails because he's scared of snakes. He'd also seen coyotes in that area.

When the coyote came out of the brush toward his daughter's Labrador retriever puppy on a February jog, he charged it and shot it with his .380 Ruger pistol.

Perry's warning: "Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote."