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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton says the key to political leadership is remembering "our common humanity." Clinton's comments came Wednesday night during the NAACP Convention in San Antonio, where he presented Texas native Willie Brown with the 2018 NAACP Springarn Medal for outstanding achievement by an African-American. Brown is the former California House speaker and former San Francisco mayor.

HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities didn't search for a Texas parolee who removed his ankle monitor until after he was linked to three shooting deaths. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says 46-year-old Jose Gilberto Rodriguez was among about 600 parolees with a violent history living in the Houston area accused of violating probation. Officials say Rodriguez removed his ankle monitor on July 5, more than a week before authorities believe he fatally shot three Houston-area people.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A 20-year-old man on trial in the slaying of a University of Texas freshman on campus in 2016 has taken the stand and denied killing her. Defense attorney Ariel Payan on Wednesday asked Meechaiel Criner: "Mick, did you kill Haruka Weiser?" Criner replied: "No, sir." Criner also testified that he'd never seen her.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A South Texas woman showed up to a recent City Council meeting dressed as a cockroach. The Caller-Times reports that it is Patricia Polastri's latest attempt to bring attention to the influx of roaches and rodents near a major Corpus Christi road after new vegetation was planted. The Texas A&M University-Kingsville professor brought a bag of dead roaches to the meeting last month. She says roaches and other pests attracted to the street's palm trees and bushes put residents' safety at risk.

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