Lawmakers close open-container law
The state Senate gave final approval to a bill banning open containers of alcohol from passenger areas of cars and sent it to Gov. Rick Perry for approval. Perry's office said he plans to sign it.
The bill, passed by the House in March, makes knowingly having open containers in passenger areas a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine. Under existing law, drivers cannot be charged unless they are seen consuming alcohol. The measure also stiffens penalties for repeat drunken drivers.
Supporters say the bill will help curb drunken driving in Texas, which had 1,734 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 1999, more than any other state.
No Powerball jackpot winner
None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Wednesday night matched all six numbers drawn, which were in Des Moines. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $48.9 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $55 million for Saturday. Tickets that match the first five numbers but miss the Powerball, win $100,000 each and there were two of those. They were sold in New Hampshire and New Mexico.
Missing teen boy washes up at beach
The body of a 13-year-old Miami Beach boy was found on a beach a day after three friends looked in vain for him and returned home without reporting him missing for fear they may get in trouble. Jeffrey Guillaume's body was found in seaweed Monday by a couple walking along the shore.
The boy's mother reported him missing that morning, and investigators said she did not know her son had gone to the beach with his friends. Detective Joe Balikes said the boys rode their bikes for an hour to the beach Sunday, left their clothes under a lifeguard stand and went into the water. A big wave forced the four into deeper water, but only three made it back, Balikes said.
Students strip-searched during class tour of jail
As many as nine middle school students were strip-searched at a city jail during a visit arranged by a teacher and a school aide as a warning to misbehaving children, school officials said Thursday. The teacher, aide and three jail employees were placed on paid leave during investigations by the school district, city corrections officials and the FBI.
The pupils were visiting the jail as part of an in-school suspension because of misconduct. It was unclear whether the students were touched by guards or were stripped naked.