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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Details emerge about the man who shot at downtown Austin buildings; Texas will spend an additional $86 million to beef up border security; animal lovers will gather for a candlelight vigil in Fort Worth; and more.

A student armed with a shotgun apparently killed himself after opening fire at a Colorado high school, wounding two fellow students, police said Friday.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the armed student entered the school and said he was looking for a specific teacher, calling him by name through the hallways. Robinson said another student confronted the gunman and then was shot.

"The teacher began to understand that he was being looked at [and] exited the school," Robinson said.

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A lone gunman walked into one of the nation's busiest airports Friday in Los Angeles and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing at least one transportation security officer and wounding another, police and TSA officials say.

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Update at 4:22 p.m.: Just six weeks ago, Aaron Alexis called police in Newport, R.I., from his hotel room, saying that he was “hearing voices” and that three men had been sent to harass him. NPR has obtained a police report about the call made on Aug. 7. Alexis told police that the three men were going to keep him awake by talking to him and “sending vibrations into his body,” the report said. Alexis told police that he had moved from one hotel to a Navy base and then to a third hotel because the voices were following him.

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The suspect in Monday’s Navy Yard shootings had North Texas connections – and a checkered past.

Friends described Aaron Alexis, a discharged Navy reservist who lived and worked in Fort Worth, as a nice guy who was interested in Buddhism and Thai culture.

Alexis, 34, told them that he liked guns and was a good shooter. His shooting got him into trouble with police: He was arrested in Fort Worth and Seattle in separate gun-related incidents.


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Update, 6 p.m.: Erbie Bowser, the 44-year-old suspect in Wednesday's shooting spree, was a certified special education teacher in the Mesquite School District from 2001 to 2010. Laura Jobe with the district says colleagues who knew Bowser are shocked.

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The Texas House unanimously passed a memorial resolution this morning honoring Hood County Sheriff's Deputy Lance McLean this morning. 

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Kaufman County authorities say the FBI and numerous other agencies have joined the murder investigation of prosecutor Mark Hasse.  

Authorities are looking for one or more suspects who gunned down Hasse Thursday morning as he walked from his car to the county courthouse.

The Texas Rangers, the Texas Department of Public Safety and neighboring county law enforcement are also assisting in the investigation and search for suspects.

The Dallas County DA's office sent an email warning that "two masked gunmen" are the suspects and still at large following this morning's fatal shooting of a Kaufman County prosecutor. [UPDATE: The Kaufman County Sheriff's office has identified the victim as Assistant D.A. Mark Hasse. The sheriff has called a press conference for 3 p.m.

Details surrounding the elementary school shooting in Newton, Connecticut are still unfolding. The Associated Press cites a police source reporting 27 dead, including 18 children. You can follow updates in a live blog from NPR, and get real time coverage from Google News.

Elected officials in Texas are beginning to issue statements about the shooting. KUT News has compiled them below; we will update this post as more come in.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry:

“The horrific event that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut is as profoundly disturbing as it is impossible to fully understand. The fact that so many victims were children weighs heavily upon the hearts and souls of each Texan and every American. Anita and I send our personal condolences to everyone touched by this senseless tragedy, pray for the quick healing of those injured, and extend our hopes that time will help ease the suffering of those who lost loved ones.”

In response to the shooting that occurred in Aurora, Colorado, the Dallas Police Department says it has ".. instructed patrol officers to provide extra visibility and to be extra vigilant at public locations where large numbers of people gather, such as movie theaters."  

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit says a uniformed officer is now on board every light rail route every day, and it will stay that way for the time being. 

A shooting at the Arapaho Center DART station yesterday afternoon is the fourth violent incident in three months at a rail station. As KERA’s BJ Austin reports, the latest incident left two people dead, two wounded.

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The National Weather Service says 2011 was Texas' driest year on record as well as its second hottest.

The agency said Friday the average rainfall for the drought-stricken state last year was 14.88 inches. The previous driest average total was in 1917 with 14.99 inches.

The weather service says 2011's average temperature was 67.2 degrees. Texas' warmest year on record was in 1921 with an average temperature of 67.5 degrees.

"Friendly fire" may have injured the officer and bystander wounded on the Chicago-bound AMTRAK train Monday. But Dallas Police Chief Brown says police actions likely saved lives, as KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.

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