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A photo of James Byrd Jr., the Texas man dragged to his death in Jasper in 1998. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Fired Black Police Chief In Infamous Texas Dragging City Settles Suit

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.

02/28/2014

Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles hugs a relative of James Byrd Jr. after a jury found John William King guilty of capital murder in the dragging death, on February 23, 1999. (credit: Paul Buck/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Jasper Sheriff Looks Back At James Byrd Jr. Dragging

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.

09/21/2011

A wildfire burns dry grass. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Evacuations Continue Amid Texas Wildfire Threat

Officials who evacuated 1,800 southeast Texas homes and businesses as wildfires approached were wary of allowing anyone to return too soon.

06/21/2011

A bull tries to escape a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Graford, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Firefighters Battling 20 Wildfires Across Texas

Firefighters across the drought-plagued state worked Monday to contain multiple wildfires, including 20 battled by Texas Forest Service crews.

06/20/2011