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Nine soldiers are dead in Fort Hood, Texas, after a tactical vehicle was swept away by a flood-swollen stream late Thursday. Military officials had initially reported five soldiers died in the flooding — but a search for four missing soldiers resulted in the discovery of their bodies Friday.

That information came in an update delivered Friday afternoon; only hours earlier, Maj. Gen. John Uberti had said that while the four soldiers were still missing, finding them remained the top priority.

We've updated this post to reflect the four additional deaths.

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U.S. Army officials say four people have died in a helicopter crash at Fort Hood.

Long-Awaited Purple Hearts Awarded To Fort Hood Victims

Apr 12, 2015
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KILLEEN – Moments after receiving a long-awaited Purple Heart, Staff Sgt. Eric Jackson said he was not always certain the award would come, frustrated with the federal government’s insistence that the 2009 attack at Fort Hood was not terrorism.

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Dozens of survivors and relatives of soldiers who died in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting are finally getting the Purple Hearts they have felt were long overdue.

A victim of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre says he knows the pain that friends and family are going through in Killeen this week. KERA talked with retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot seven times by co-worker Major Nidal Malik Hasan.

Sgt. Lunsford says the moment he heard about Wednesday’s shooting, he physically sank, and thought about Fort Hood on lockdown, scared people -- suspended in time.

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The country is focusing on Fort Hood once again this week following Wednesday's shootings in which a soldier being treated for mental illness killed three people on the base and wounded 16 others before committing suicide.

Gov. Rick Perry plans to visit Fort Hood on Friday. He'll be briefed by military officials and visit some of the victims of Wednesday's attack blamed on Spc. Ivan Lopez. Post officials say the Army truck driver from Puerto Rico underwent treatment for depression and anxiety and was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Four victims remained hospitalized Friday at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple. Three patients are in serious condition while a fourth person is in good condition.

But what's the mood in Killeen? This week's shootings come five years after another rampage at Fort Hood.

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people during a 2009 shooting rampage in Fort Hood, Texas, rested his case Wednesday without calling any witnesses during his military trial.

Reuters reports:

"Hasan is acting as his own defense attorney on charges stemming from the shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas.

The judge presiding over the case of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people during a 2009 shooting rampage in Fort Hood, Texas, said Hasan can continue to defend himself, The Associated Press reports.

(We updated this post at 11:30 a.m. ET with word that attorneys who are advising Maj. Nidal Hasan want to be excused from the case and at 12:15 p.m. ET with word that the trial had recessed for the day.)

(Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET.)

Nearly four years after the mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 people were killed and 32 were wounded, the case against the Army psychiatrist who stands accused of the crimes got to the pleading stage Tuesday.

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A federal court on Thursday rejected a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.

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Planes will drop mosquito spray on half-a-dozen cities in south Dallas County tonight and tomorrow night.

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has declared a state of emergency as cases of West Nile virus escalate.


Top Republicans are signaling that lawmakers will likely carve out another lean state budget next year even though the Texas economy is humming along for now.

A military judge has ruled against delaying the trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage.

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City leaders and weather experts will inspect Dallas-area locations where tornadoes damaged hundreds of homes.

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A Vermont judge has ordered a Texas debt settlement company to pay a fine of $2 million in a consumer fraud case.