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Sonogram Bill Headed To Governor's Desk & Nightly Roundup


By BJ Austin, KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – The Texas Legislature has passed the "sonogram" bill. It now goes to the Governor for his signature.

It requires doctors to perform a sonogram before conducting an abortion, and provide the woman with the opportunity to see the results and hear the fetal heartbeat.

Governor Perry declared the sonogram bill to be "emergency" legislation.

Opponents say the bill interferes with the doctor-patient relationship.

DART Escalator Mishap Injures Students

About 20 people are injured after a malfunction of the multi-story escalator at DART's Mockingbird Station.

The transit agency's Morgan Lyons says just after noon the "down" escalator reportedly sped-up and caused people to fall.

Lyons: We have 18 to 20 injured. Of that number, a total of 9 were taken to the hospital: seven kids, two adults. The most serious injury is said to be a possible broken leg.

Lyons says the injured were middle school students and chaperones on a field trip from Quinlan, Texas.

The multi-story escalators are out of service until further notice.

Immunity clause stripped from ethics bill

A measure that could have immunized lawmakers from prosecution in certain public corruption cases has been removed from Texas ethics legislation.

Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, said Thursday the provision exempting lawmakers from prosecution when they follow advice from the Texas Ethics Commission was "unworkable." The legislation is now headed to the Senate. It would require lawmakers to disclose more information about campaign transactions and potential conflicts of interest with lobbyists.

The bill takes aim at double-dipping spending practices by lawmakers that have led to a criminal investigation.

The legislation would clean up shoddy disclosure laws that have allowed lawmakers to pocket taxpayer money for political travel with little oversight or transparency. The Associated Press reported extensively on the spending practices, which have drawn scrutiny from Texas prosecutors.

Michael's Stores Warn of Info Security Breach

Michael's Stores is telling customers their credit and debit card information may have been compromised.

The Irving-based arts and crafts supplier is investigating "PIN pad tampering" in its Chicago stores.

Banking and law enforcement officials contacted Michael's this week, after fraudulent transactions were reported last weekend.