Leading Off (12/30/15)

Details Emerge from Ethan Couch’s Arrest. Good reporting here from WFAA. Couch and his mother were apparently arrested after one of them ordered pizza. They were reportedly staying in what looks like a rundown, cheap hotel, and Ethan frequented a nearby store where he would eat by himself in the back. And they may have had a going away party before they fled.

Tonya Couch Might Serve More Time Than Ethan. That’s according to Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson. Tonya will likely be charged with a felony that could come with 10 years in prison. But because Ethan Couch is still in the juvenile justice system — a hearing to move his case to the adult system is scheduled for January — his run South of the border will probably cost him no more than 120 days in jail. Read more about the Couch family’s background here.

Lawmakers Promise Action on Lewisville Dam. Representative Michael Burgess from Lewisville, along with Eddie Bernice Johnson and Pete Sessions from Dallas, met with the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News earlier this week and promised to make sure a giant wall of water doesn’t flood downtown.

Tornado Damage Estimated at 1.2 Billion Dollars. Early estimates from insurance companies say claims from the horrific storms could total more than $1.2 billion. In some places there is utter devastation and ruin. Senator Ted Cruz is expected to visit later today.

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