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Roundup: Cain Campaign Blames Perry Camp For Leaking Allegations

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By BJ Austin, KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – Herman Cain's presidential campaign is accusing rival Rick Perry's operation of being behind stories about sexual harassment allegations against Cain in the 1990s.

Cain's campaign manager says the Texas governor should apologize to Cain for providing information about the harassment allegations to the news media.

Perry's people deny any involvement in the story. Spokesman Ray Sullivan says the Perry campaign learned of the allegations when Politico first published the story late Sunday evening.

Cain specifically blames a Perry consultant, Curt Anderson. He says he told Anderson about the sexual harassment allegations when Anderson was working on Cain's 2004 Senate campaign.

DART Bus Shooting Suspect In Custody

A passenger shot on a DART bus this morning is in stable condition, and the alleged gunman is in custody. But Dallas Police say the victim is not cooperating, and the suspect is not yet charged in the case.

Officers say the suspect was arrested several hours after the shooting aboard the bus at Bonnie View and Ledbetter.

DART's Morgan Lyons says violent incidents, like this one, are rare.

Lyons: The last incident of this kind I can remember was several years ago, probably 7 or 8 years ago. It doesn't happen very often.

Dallas Police say the suspect remains in custody on a probation violation. And the uncooperative "victim" - shot in the thigh -- has yet to press charges.

29th person dies in cantaloupe listeria outbreak

The death toll in an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe has reached 29 after federal health authorities say an eighth person has died in Colorado.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 139 persons have been sickened or killed in 28 states.

The tainted Colorado cantaloupes have been off store shelves for weeks now. But the symptoms of listeria can take up to two months to appear.

Deaths also have been reported in Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., recalled the cantaloupes Sept. 14.

Habitat's "Dream Dallas" Plan

Dallas Police Chief David Brown is applauding Habitat for Humanity's new "Dream Dallas" program.

Habitat plans to spend 100 million dollars building homes and revitalizing five of the city's poorest neighborhoods over the next three years.

Chief Brown says it's a fact that crime goes down when Habitat houses go up in a neighborhood.

Brown: This is one of the lynchpins of being a safe city because these neighborhoods will be transformed by what Habitat does. I want to deputize every one of you and make you police officers because this is crime fighting at its best. Thank you for the opportunity.

The program kicked off at Dallas City Hall with the announcement that 70 million dollars has already been raised. Dream Dallas officials say one Habitat dollar spent yields three dollars in economic impact. Target neighborhoods are in West Dallas, the Fair Park area, South Dallas, and near the V-A Hospital.

Federal court considers Texas' redistricting case

A federal court has wrapped up oral arguments in a Washington hearing regarding Texas' effort to adopt new election maps.

The GOP-led Legislature adopted the new district maps earlier this year to reflect population growth. But the U.S. Department of Justice says the maps for Congress and the Texas House discriminate against minority voters.

The three-judge panel listened to both sides Wednesday, but did not indicate if or when they would approve the maps.

The legal fight centers around a requirement in the Voting Rights Act that certain states with a history of discrimination, including Texas, be granted "preclearance" before changes in voting practices can be enacted.

Texas judge says YouTube video of him lashing teen daughter with belt 'looks worse than it is'

A Texas family law judge says he did nothing wrong when he repeatedly lashed his 16-year-old daughter with a belt in a widely circulated YouTube video.

Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge Williams Adams told Corpus Christi television station KZTV on Wednesday that the footage "looks worse than it is." In an on-camera interview, Adams told the station he was simply disciplining his daughter for stealing.

Rockport police launched an investigation Wednesday after receiving calls from people who saw the video online. The nearly 8-minute clip has been viewed more than 600,000 times on YouTube since being uploaded last week.

The clip was shot in 2004 and shows Adams violently whipping his daughter in the legs more than a dozen times and profanely berating the teenager.