I-35 lane closures today, Thursday

The Texas Department of Transportation plans the following lane closures along Interstate 35 in Belton:

From 7 p.m. today to 7 a.m. Thursday and from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday: All I-35 northbound and southbound lanes will be closed at Tahuaya Road and traffic will detour to the frontage roads for work on the crossover.

For more about the I-35 expansion project, go to www.my35.org.

Aware Central Texas to start new classes

New sets of three-week classes start Friday at Aware Central Texas.

Mood management classes start Friday and continue May 11, June 22 and Aug. 3

Stress management classes start April 20, June 1 and July 13.

The free classes meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Aware Central Texas classroom. To sign up or for more information, call (254) 939-7582.

Wound care lecture at senior center

Dr. Taveau, medical director of wound care at Metroplex, will speak about wound care at the Lions Club Park Senior Center's covered dish luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. today.

March's birthday celebration immediately follows the program.

After the birthday celebration, there will be a covered dish luncheon. To participate in the lunch, bring a covered dish (enough for six people) or pay $3.50 per person.

The Lions Club Park Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1700-B E. Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen.

Membership is free and open to people age 55 and older and their spouses.

Reps push Pentagon to move equipment to Mexico border

Two Texas lawmakers are pushing the Pentagon to hand off surplus combat equipment from Iraq to local law enforcement agencies along the U.S.-Mexico border. The equipment includes Humvees, weapons and night vision goggles.

The Houston Chronicle reported Texas Reps. Ted Poe and Henry Cuellar were joined by 17 border sheriffs from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requesting that he move up delivery of surplus equipment.

The lawmakers said more than 1.5 million pieces of equipment have already been shipped out of Iraq over the last year and nearly 900,000 remain.

Poe also has a bill pending in Congress that would require the Department of Defense to make 10 percent of certain equipment returning from Iraq available to law enforcement agencies patrolling the southern border.

Jury deliberates in ex-polygamist leader's trial

MIDLAND - Jurors began deliberations in the trial of a former lieutenant to polygamist sect prophet Warren Jeffs accused of illegally taking multiple wives on a remote West Texas ranch raided by authorities.

The 71-year-old Wendell Loy Nielsen is charged with three bigamy counts. If convicted, Nielsen could get up to 10 years in prison after rejecting a plea deal that would have allowed him to avoid jail time.

Dallas man to die for slaying of 10-month-old boy

HUNTSVILLE - Jesse Joe Hernandez was already a convicted child sex offender when he was arrested for the horrendous beating death of a 10-month-old boy he was babysitting at a Dallas home.

Little Karlos Borjas had a skull fracture amid bruises to his head, thigh and abdomen when he was taken off life support after a week in a Dallas hospital. His 4-year-old sister also was attacked but survived injuries to her head, ear and right eye.

The 47-year-old Hernandez is set for execution this evening in Huntsville for the baby's death 11 years ago.

- Herald staff, wire reports

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