Tuesday, May 02, 2006

AZ: Senators fail to override gun seizure veto: "State senators failed by one vote Wednesday to override Gov. Janet Napolitano's veto of legislation to trim gubernatorial powers to seize weapons. The 19-10 vote -- one vote short of the necessary two-thirds margin -- came even after Sen. Dean Martin, R-Phoenix, speculated that Napolitano vetoed the measure so she could use her emergency powers to take weapons away from members of the Minuteman Project patrolling the Mexican border. Sen. Marsha Arzberger, D-Willcox, bolted party loyalty and agreed to override the Democratic governor. Another Democrat whose district includes a large stretch of rural Arizona, Rebecca Rios of Apache Junction, left the floor before the vote was cast. But enough other Democrats who voted for the bill last month, when there were sufficient votes in both the House and Senate to override a veto, switched their position Wednesday to narrowly keep from handing Napolitano her first override defeat."

FL: Self-defense claimed in shooting: "A Dixie County woman told investigators she fatally shot her boyfriend Tuesday night to protect herself and her children. Deputies were called to a home in the Forest Hills neighborhood, north of Old Town off State Road 349, shortly before 11 p.m. and found the body of Craig Wells, 45, according to the Dixie County Sheriff's Office. Wells appeared to have two gunshot wounds in his chest. Wells' girlfriend, Tonda Burdette, 30, apparently fired the shots, said Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher. Officers had not made an arrest in the case Wednesday, saying that Burdette and witnesses, including two children who live at the home and a relative of Wells who was visiting, claim the shooting was in self-defense."

TX: Homeowner shoots intruder: "A man being pursued by Houston police officers Wednesday afternoon was shot by a homeowner in the 9800 block of Benning. He was wounded in the leg, said Sgt. M. Peters of the HPD Homicide Division. 'He had forced entry into a house in the 9400 block of Spellman, which is the adjoining street, and they chased him out of their house into the the neighbor's backyard,' Peters said. 'The suspect then made an overt move toward his pocket, and fearing for his own safety,' the homeowner shot him, Peters said."

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