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SMU Studies Standoff Response

Southern Methodist University is reviewing how it handled the 15-hour police standoff on campus this week.

The suspect in a downtown Dallas carjacking climbed into the cab of a 100-foot construction crane and held police at bay claiming he had a gun.

Some SMU students say officials should have used the school’s warning system to let people know what was going on – even though it was Memorial Day and fewer people were on campus.

Cheves: We moved immediately to notify those in the affected area. The focus of our communication because this was a contained threat was to those who would most likely be in harm’s way. And so, this was not a mass notification.

Cheves says they later notified all building managers on campus. He says each part of the university’s response is being evaluated. And he expects there will be lessons learned.

No word on when the incident review will be completed.

BJ Austin, KERA News

Exxon Investors Support Company On Executive Pay

Exxon Mobil's CEO had a good year in 2011 - compensation valued at $25.2 million. Shareholders did as well, and they're supporting the oil giant's pay program.

Investors at Exxon's annual meeting in Dallas cast 78 percent of shares in favor of the compensation program, rejecting critics who said pay was too high.

CEO Rex Tillerson's 2011 salary, stock awards and other compensation made him the 16th-highest paid executive among publicly traded U.S. companies.

Rising oil prices helped boost Exxon's 2011 net income by 35 percent to $41 billion, the company's best year since 2008. The stock rose 16 percent.

Shareholder consultant ISS Proxy Advisory Services recommended that investors vote against Exxon Mobil Corp.'s executive compensation.


Dallas Police: Two Shootings-Ten Minutes

Dallas Police officers were involved in two shootings in ten minutes last night.

The first one, at 10:50, was at a Jack in the Box on the Tollway at Frankford. Police say a woman about to be arrested jumped in her car and sped away with an officer hanging on. A second officer shot at her as she aimed the car at him. She kept going. The car was found nearby. She was arrested later. The officers were not injured.

Ten minutes later, at Valley View Park, near Hillcrest and LBJ, police saw someone sleeping inside a car. A check showed the car was stolen. As officers approached the suspect drove off, turned the car around and sped toward the officers. Shots were fired and the suspect crashed into a tree. He was taken to Parkland with minor injuries. The officers were not hurt.

BJ Austin, KERA News

US Attorney General Visits North Texas

US Attorney General Eric Holder visits North Texas this afternoon. He’s a scheduled speaker at the Major Cities Chiefs meeting in Grapevine.

The organization includes police chiefs from the 63 largest urban areas in the U.S. and seven largest cities in Canada.

The focus of this three day session is training, including community policing. The Chiefs in attendance serve about one-fifth of the U.S. and Canadian population.

BJ Austin, KERA News

Rowley wins GOP nod for Education Board seat

Attorney Marty Rowley has won the Republican nomination for the District 15 spot on th e State Board of Education.

Rowley defeated consultant Anette Carlisle to face Democrat Steven Schafersman of Midland in the general election on Nov. 6.

Rowley, of Amarillo, also works as a mediator. He says on his website he supports allowing teachers and students to "look at all sides of scientific theories, including evolution, intelligent design and global warming."

All 15 board spots are up for re-election following redistricting. District 15 includes the Panhandle and part of West Texas.

The boards responsibilities include establishing the state's public school curriculum, approving textbooks and managing the states permanent school fund.


Tea party candidates still flexing muscle in Texas

The first signs of how conservative the 2013 Texas Legislature will be emerged in the primary, and all signs point to a tea party movement determined to tighten its grip on Texas public policy.

Republicans already hold large majorities in the House and Senate, but Tuesday's primaries were dominated by candidates trying to prove who is the most conservative.

Tea party-backed challengers pushed even farther to the right, shoving several House incumbents out of office and forcing a few more into runoffs.

Republican House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio has been criticized within the GOP as not conservative enough. He saw three of his top lieutenants defeated, and was warned he'll be challenged for the office by Rep. Bryan Hughes of Mineola in 2013.


Keller groups at odds over restoring railroad car

Some North Texas residents are at odds over whether to save a vintage passenger railroad car or dismantle it for salvage.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the nearly 28-ton car was bought and moved to Keller this year at a cost of about $18,000. The money came from five years of Crawfish Krawl festivals in Keller, about 15 miles north of Fort Worth.

Several angry residents Tuesday said they'll go to court to stop the salvage operation, which began Memorial Day weekend. Some Old Town merchants want to restore the car as a tourist location.

But Edward Kirkwood, who's president of the merchants association, says most members believe that's not a wise use of funds. Kirkwood says a vote earlier this month cleared the way for dismantling the car.