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Mon September 3, 2012
Fort Worth Interstate Tops Most Congested List
A stretch of Interstate 35W in Fort Worth tops Texas' list of the most congested roadway segments in the state.
The Texas Department of Transportation released a list of the top 100 roads on its website. I-35W from Interstate 30 in downtown Fort Worth to State Highway 183 totaled 1.2 million hours of delay in 2011, according to TxDOT's data.
Next on the list was Interstate 635 in Dallas County between I-35E and U.S. Highway 75. Parts of I-45 in Harris County, I-35 in Travis County and the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas rounded out the top five.
Restoration begins at fire-ravaged Bastrop park
Wildlife officials and others are working to restore the "Lost Pines" forest destroyed in blazes last year in Central Texas.
One year ago this weekend, historic wildfires ignited near Bastrop State Park and wiped out 95 percent of the forest's trees.
The restoration project calls for planting some 2 million seedlings to replace the charred foliage in the park, another 2 million on thousands of acres outside the park and more than $4 million to pay for them.
A batch of several hundred seedlings was brought to the park recently to receive a ceremonial hand-watering from top officials of the parks and forestry agencies. The plantings won't start until February when weather is more ideal.
Foresters say it could be at least 30 years before the forest resembles one.
Teen shot in Dallas accused in fatal shooting
Police in Dallas have arrested an 18-year-old shooting victim in connection with the fatal shooting of another teenager in the city.
Byron Fuller Jr. was found with a gunshot wound just before 3 a.m. Monday in south Dallas. Police say Fuller was taken to an area hospital.
About half an hour later, police responded to a separate shooting very close to where Fuller was found. There, police found 19-year-old Valentin Valencia dead at the scene. He appeared to have been shot.
Police say they determined that Fuller was involved in the shooting that led to Valencia's death.
Fuller has been charged with murder and is currently being held with bail set at $100,000.
Attorney information was not immediately available.
Texas pilot killed in Iowa air show crash
Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed when his plane crashed during an air show in eastern Iowa.
The Quad-City Times reported that Glenn A. Smith, of Frisco, Texas, was the pilot killed in the crash.
Smith was CEO of the Warbird Educational Foundation that owned the Soviet-era jet he was flying.
The crash Saturday created a fireball when Smith's plane failed to pull out of a 45-degree bank and crashed into a field. No one else was hurt. Federal officials are investigating.
Smith was part of the HopperFlight jet team that was performing at the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport.
A squadron of planes flew over the crash site Sunday in the "missing man" formation before the air show continued.