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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A judge has for now halted the scheduled execution of a man known as the Houston area's "Tourniquet Killer." Anthony Allen Shore was to be put to death Wednesday evening, but the judge withdrew the execution warrant just hours before Shore was set to die. The judge was responding to a request from prosecutors who want to further investigate an alleged scheme in which Shore says another death row inmate asked him to confess to his crime. Shore's execution is now set for Jan. 18.

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas will provide a $47 million no-interest loan to Houston in order to replace eight bridges west of downtown that block the flow of floodwaters during heavy downpours. The city will forward the money to the Harris County Flood Control District so that bridge replacements along Brays Bayou can begin in March. The Houston Chronicle reports that the loan is just one piece to the long-delayed flood-relief plan known as Project Brays.

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas man has admitted in federal court that he participated in a scheme to defraud a military insurance program out of more than $50 million over a two-year period. Thirty-eight-year-old Andrew Joseph Baumiller pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He admitted his involvement in a conspiracy to defraud Tricare by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescription compounded medications.

HOUSTON (AP) - The state's top criminal court has rejected a trial court judge's findings and is refusing an appeal from an Alabama man on Texas death row for the slayings of four people in Houston 25 years ago. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected arguments that a ballistics examiner provided false testimony at the 1993 trial of Arthur Brown Jr. when he said bullets from the murder scene matched guns connected to Brown.

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