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Justices Stay ex-Army Recruiter's Texas Execution & Nightly Roundup

By BJ Austin, KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – A former Army recruiter who maintained his innocence in the rape-slaying of a woman in Fort Worth nine years ago has received a reprieve from execution Tuesday evening.

Forty-seven-year-old Cleve Foster's lethal injection was stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court so it can further review an appeal. In the court's brief order, Justices Antonin Scalia and Sam Alito indicated they would have allowed the punishment to proceed.

Foster has insisted a friend was responsible for fatally shooting 30-year-old Nyaneur Pal, who had fled Sudan for Texas. The friend, Sheldon Ward, one of Foster's recruits, also was condemned for the slaying. He died of cancer last year while in prison.

Foster's lawyers said the evidence did not support his conviction.

Foster and Ward also were implicated but never tried in the slaying of 22-year-old Rachel Urnosky in Fort Worth several weeks before Pal's murder.

Southwest Pilots Using New GPS

Southwest Airlines pilots are using a new satellite, GPS navigation system to serve 11 airports, starting today.

Southwest's Marilee McInnis says the 11 "Required Navigation Performance", or RNP routes eliminate some of the outdated zig-zag air traffic routes in effect now.

McInnis: They are more efficient. They help save fuel. And hopefully it will be better on-time performance and efficiency for the air space.

McInnis says Southwest is the first U.S. airline to fully train its pilots and retrofit or equip the fleet for R-N-P. She says while there is limited use of the satellite navigation now, it's part of the Federal Aviation Administration's plan for next generation air traffic control.

Two Texas airports are R-N-P ready: Amarillo and Corpus Christi. Los Angeles, Chicago Midway and Oklahoma City are also on the list.

Southwest Leads First Fare Hike Of New Year

Major airlines are launching the first fare hike of the New Year.

Increases on many domestic routes range from $4 to $10 per roundtrip ticket.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines appeared to lead the pack this time - raising fares across most of its routes. Other airlines matching increased fares.

Southwest officials say they hated to raise fares, but fuel costs forced the modest increases.

Governor Puts Two Issues On "Emergency List"

Governor Rick Perry has two "emergency" items for this new session of the legislature: eminent domain and sanctuary cities.

In separate addresses to the House and Senate, the Governor made protection of private property rights and eminent domain issues a priority. He also elevated abolishing "sanctuary cities" in Texas to emergency status. Sanctuary cities generally do not allow funds or resources, such as local police, to be used to enforce federal immigration laws.

Placing the issues on the emergency list allows lawmakers to consider them during the initial 30 days of the legislative session.