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Top Morning Stories August 8, 2011

Warren Jeffs is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison, following his conviction on two counts of sexual assault. Photo courtesy Reagan County Sheriff's Department.


Warren Jeffs Awaits Sentencing

Jurors are expected to decide on sentencing this week for Warren Jeffs. The 55-year-old polygamist religious leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was convicted last week on two counts of sexual assault against two underage girls he had taken as brides. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Navy Seal from Bastrop Dies

Chief Petty Officer Matt Mills, 36, died over the weekend in Afghanistan when the helicopter he was in was hit by enemy fire.

The helicopter attack was one of the deadliest against the U.S. in the war, killing 30 service members, NPR reports.


Mills' cousin, JB Abbott told My Fox Austin about the relationship the Seal had with his work.

"He was very dedicated to the work he did. He was very proud to be a SEAL. He loved his brothers very deeply. I think in his passing he probably wouldn't have preferred it any other way," said JB Abbott, Mills' cousin.

Mills served in the military for 14 years.

LBJ School Professor Reacts to Debt Downgrade

KXAN has posted a video of University of Texas LBJ School professor Robert Auerbach's response to Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debts. Auerbach is a former economist for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Treasury Department.