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Weatherford Issues Water Boil Notice & Midday Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – Water service has been restored to parts of Weatherford a day after a pipeline break virtually shut down the north Texas city.

Assistant City Manager Robert Hanna said an alternate pipeline was being used Tuesday to restore water pressure. He said emergency water restrictions and a boil notice remained in effect.

Hanna said officials hope to have service restored to the entire city by Wednesday. He said engineers were working on a permanent fix to the broken pipeline. He said the cause of the pipeline's failure was unknown.

Most city services were shut down in Monday's triple-digit heat. Tankers brought in water to keep some services running, and portable toilets were set up.

Weatherford is 25 miles west of Fort Worth.

Officer suspended over search after teen pulls gun

An east Texas police officer has been placed on unpaid leave after authorities say a juvenile suspect pulled a gun from a duffel bag that wasn't searched and opened fire while in custody.

Tyler police say no one was injured during the July 24 incident at the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center. Police say the 16-year-old boy was taken into custody on outstanding warrants when he arrived by bus from his hometown of Kansas City, Mo.

Chief Gary Swindle told the Tyler Morning Telegraph on Monday that Officer Jessica Doughten violated policy by not checking a suitcase and duffel bag the 16-year-old boy had with him.

Police say the teen grabbed the gun in a holding area and shot at an intake officer. The boy is facing several charges.

Texas in need of more minority teachers

Experts say a lack of black and Hispanic teachers could hinder the achievement of minorities as their enrollment rises in Texas. The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that black and Hispanic students did better on state tests with teachers of their own races.

A study, by the Educational Resources Information Center, shows one of the reasons is that minority teachers better understand cultural differences and can "break down the students' stereotypes."

The state projects that minority students will make up around 62 percent of the student body in the 2011-12 school year, up more than 10 percent from a decade ago.

Texas claim leads to driver linked to Marine death

An insurance claim helped police find a driver accused over the May 19 hit-and-run death of a Marine on layover at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Irving police say 44-year-old Richard Dean of Hurst faces a third-degree felony charge of failure to stop and render aid to 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Evan Sanchey of Yakima, Wash. The Marine was struck while trying to cross Highway 183.

Witnesses say Sanchey was hit by a light-colored Mazda Tribute, which lost some parts during impact.

Police searched an insurance database for Tarrant County and located the claim.

Dean on Saturday surrendered. He is free on $30,000 bond. Investigators on Tuesday did not immediately provide information for an attorney for Dean, whose telephone number was not publicly listed.