Allen Outlet Mall Will Reopen Next Week. A little more than four weeks after a gunman opened fire, killing eight people and injuring at least seven others, Allen Premium Outlets will reopen. The shopping center will resume normal hours at 10 a.m. on May 31, with increased security. Each of the 120 stores and restaurants can open at their own pace, and the mall says a permanent memorial to the victims is in the planning stage.
First Senate Poll Indicates Potentially Close Race. Early polling indicates that Congressman Colin Allred is within 7 points of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. The survey from the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation and WFAA found 47 percent of respondents supporting the incumbent and 40 percent for Allred. Thirteen percent were undecided. Allred announced earlier this month that he would run for Senate.
Man Exonerated After 1990 Conviction. Tyrone Day, who was convicted of sexual assault in 1989, was exonerated this week. Day maintained his innocence the entire time but pleaded guilty in 1990 to avoid a 99-year prison sentence. He was paroled in 2015. The victim was never shown a photo lineup and did not identify Day, who owned a hat similar to the one her attacker wore. DNA testing eventually proved his innocence.
Wild Wednesday for the State AG’s Office. First, the Republican-led state House General Investigating Committee heard testimony from investigators that alleged Attorney General Ken Paxton committed multiple crimes while in office, including misusing official information, abusing the powers of his office, and retaliation. Then there was a literal dumpster fire outside the AG’s office, which was possibly intentionally set and also a bit on the nose for the day. An impeachment vote could happen Saturday.