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Veteran Families Free At Area Museums & Nightly Roundup


By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – Ten North Texas museums will provide free admission to military families this summer. It's part of a nationwide effort called Blue Star Museums that includes some 600 museums and a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Free admission for active duty military personnel and their families runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In North Texas the Dallas Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum and the National Scouting Museum in Irving are included.

For free admission military family members must present a Geneva Conventions Common Access Card or a Department of Defense ID.

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Trial opens for man accused of aiding Taliban

The trial of a Pakistani student accused of conspiring to aid the Taliban and training to fight U.S. troops is under way in Houston. Jurors were selected Monday in Houston federal court in the case of 33-year-old Adnan Babar Mirza.

Mirza was one of four men arrested in 2006 for taking part in paramilitary training exercises around the Houston area that prosecutors say were disguised as camping trips.

Family and friends say the men were not aspiring Taliban fighters. David Adler, Mirza's lawyer, has said his client was completing a class to get a hunting license.

If convicted, Mirza faces up to 10 years in prison.

Suburban Dallas man set to die for killing wife

Freed from jail after posting bond on a charge of molesting a 12-year-old girl, John Alba headed to a Plano pawn shop to buy a gun. He told the clerk it was for his wife's protection.

By the end of the day, his wife Wendy was fatally shot at an apartment northeast of Dallas. And the next morning Alba was threatening to kill himself, holding the gun to his head as a police SWAT team set up near him at the parking lot of a shopping strip.

On Tuesday, Alba is set to die in Huntsville for gunning down his wife almost 19 years ago.

He would be the 11th inmate executed this year in the nation's most active death penalty state.