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Not Guilty Plea From El Paso Shooting Suspect, House Democrats Subpoena Rick Perry, Houston Police Chief Promises ‘Complete Review’ Of Cyclist’s Death, And More

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This Aug. 3, 2019, file photo shows a makeshift memorial for the victims of the El Paso shooting.

Not Guilty Plea From El Paso Shooting Suspect

A 21-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the fatal shooting of 22 people at an El Paso Walmart store on Aug. 3.

Patrick Crusius entered the plea Thursday during his first appearance before a trial judge in El Paso. Police have said Crusius confessed to targeting Mexicans in the attack perpetrated in the largely Latino border city.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Crusius.

Most of those killed in the shooting had Hispanic last names and eight were Mexican nationals. The Department of Justice has called it an act of domestic terrorism.

In this July 8, 2019, file photo President Donald Trump listens as Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks during an event about the environment in the East Room of the White House.

House Democrats Subpoena Rick Perry

House Democrats have subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry as part of their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform committees sent Perry a subpoena Thursday asking him to provide documents related to a Ukrainian state-owned energy company as well as his involvement in a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The committees set a deadline for Oct. 18.

Trump has said Perry teed up the July 25 call. A spokeswoman for Perry said he wanted Trump to speak on energy matters with the Ukrainian leader as part of U.S. efforts to boost Western energy ties to Eastern Europe.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Houston Police Chief Promises ‘Complete Review' Of Cyclist’s Death

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says the investigation into the death of a local cyclist this week will include "a complete review of department policy" after a squad car hit and killed the man.

The cyclist was traveling westbound on Wayside Drive and failed to yield to the right of way before crossing the street, police say. That's when a patrol vehicle traveling southbound struck and killed him.

Officers were responding to reports of a suicide in progress, a "priority two" call, but did not have lights or sirens turned on. In a statement, police chief Art Acevedo said that was in line with department policy.

Police have not released the name of the man, but media outlets have identified him as 29-year-old Dwayne Foreman.

Instructions on how fill out the 2020 Census form.

Census To Recruit 5,000 Workers In Houston

The U.S. Census Bureau is opening eight offices in the Houston region to recruit about 5,000 workers, who'll go door-to-door to conduct the interviews for the survey.

The Census workers will interview people who don't respond to the census online, by phone or through the mail.

"Those people who are trying to create work experience, we are a great job for you," said Cathy Lacy, who directs the Census in Texas and 11 other states.

Lacy said they want to recruit a diverse workforce that can work evenings and weekends, though she said rural areas have been the hardest to staff.

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