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Top Morning Stories July 18, 2011

Photo courtesy of the Austin Police Department.
Former UT football player Cedric Benson was released from the Travis County Jail Sunday after posting bail on an assault charge.

Another Run-In with the Law for Cedric Benson

Former University of Texas football player Cedric Benson has been released from Travis County jail. The Cincinnati Bengals running back was arrested early Sunday morning on a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury.  Benson’s attorney said in a statement the incident involved a former roommate.  Benson has a court date next month for a different assault with injury charge. In that case he is accused of punching a downtown bar employee last year.


Warren Jeffs Asks for New Judge

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is asking for a different judge to oversee his case. The Associated Press reports Jeffs has a pre-trial hearing in San Angelo today. 

The head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has previously tried to remove District Judge Barbara Walther from his case, as the AP reports:

He sought to remove state District Judge Barbara Walther last month, but failed. Jeffs then switched attorneys, and new counsel Emily Detoto will try again. Jeffs is to go on trial July 25 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child from a 2008 raid on a remote church retreat for which Walther signed the search warrant. Detoto argued that could bias her.

Outdoor Burning Banned Across Texas         

Nearly the whole State of Texas is under outdoor burn bans. The Texas Forest Service says 246 of the state’s 254 counties currently have burn bans in effect, including all Central Texas counties. Only a few counties in North Texas and South Texas aren’t under burn bans.