The first black police chief of an East Texas city made infamous by a black man’s 1998 dragging death has settled his wrongful dismissal lawsuit. Jasper was made infamous by the dragging death of James Byrd Jr.
He’s one of three men convicted in one of the most notorious murders in modern Texas history and he’s set to die. Former Jasper Sheriff Billy Rowles talks about the pending execution and the events in the east Texas town.
Officials who evacuated 1,800 southeast Texas homes and businesses as wildfires approached were wary of allowing anyone to return too soon.
Firefighters across the drought-plagued state worked Monday to contain multiple wildfires, including 20 battled by Texas Forest Service crews.