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HPD Turns Over Files For Probe Of Botched Raid, Economic Development Bill For Northeast Houston Vetoed, And Border Patrol Finds 4 Dead In South Texas

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This file photo shows the house where the botched raid occurred on January 28, 2019.

HPD Turns Over Files For Probe Of Botched Raid

The Houston Police Department has turned over thousands of files from its narcotics division to the Harris County District Attorney's office. The DA's office said Monday prosecutors will review the files as part of an investigation sparked by a January 28 botched drug raid in which two civilians died and five officers were wounded.

Last week, the DA's office warned HPD the department would be served with subpoenas unless it submitted the files by close of business on Monday. Dane Schiller, spokesman for the DA's office, said "an agreement has been reached for remaining records to be provided next week."

The DA's Civil Rights and Public Corruption divisions will review the files turned over by the police department. The files focus on the use of confidential informants by narcotics officers.

The DA's office is also asking the Harris County Commissioners Court for approval to hire ten additional employees and funding in the amount of $1.7 million to help in the investigation. The commissioners are scheduled to vote on that request on Tuesday.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Economic Development Bill For Northeast Houston Vetoed

Midtown, Upper Kirby, Spring Branch and other parts of Houston have management districts that boost development in those neighborhoods using commercial property tax revenue. During the 2019 Texas legislative session, Democratic State Sen. Borris Miles proposed creating a management district in Northeast Houston, an area that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.

But Senate Bill 390, the bill that would have created the Northeast Houston management district, was vetoed by Gov. Greg Abbott, in a move Miles calls "retaliation." According to Miles, Abbott vetoed the bill because Miles voted against the confirmation of the governor's secretary of state nominee.

In his veto, Abbott said the bill would have increased taxes for commercial property owners in the district.

"Creating districts like these within city limits undermines core principles of protecting taxpayers and promoting transparency, which led to historic achievements this session in Senate Bill 2," he said.

Border Patrol agents conduct an operations check on a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle on the Texas border.

Border Patrol Finds 4 Dead In South Texas

U.S. Border Patrol agents found four bodies Sunday near the Rio Grande in South Texas, including three children and a young woman, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra posted in a tweet Sunday night.

Guerra tweeted that the bodies appeared to be 2 infants, a toddler and 20-year-old female.

The four bodies were found southeast of Anzalduas Park in the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area of Mission, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Rio Grande Valley area accounts for more than 40% of undocumented immigrant apprehensions and is "the busiest sector in the nation."

The deaths follow a surge of unauthorized migration to the U.S. last month, when more than 144,000 people were apprehended or deemed inadmissible to the country.

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