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“When you look at trying to have a department more representative of citizens, you have to be intentional in your recruiting efforts and make sure that women candidates are aware that the opportunities exist for them,” Waco Fire Chief Gregory Summers said. “You can bring your daughter or granddaughter to the fire station to see firefighters, but it has more impact when they see someone who looks like them.”

An expert says the combination of heat and humidity would have quickly created life-threatening conditions inside the packed, un-airconditioned tractor-trailer where dozens of immigrants were found dead this week. It's unclear how long the immigrants had been inside the trailer, but Jennifer Vanos, an assistant professor in climate and health at Arizona State University, says it likely would only take a couple of hours for temperatures to climb as high as 125 degrees or hotter. The death toll rose to 53 on Wednesday, two days after the tractor-trailer — packed with 67 people — was found abandoned on the edge of San Antonio. It's the nation’s deadliest smuggling episode on the U.S.-Mexico border.

A man already sentenced to death for an Oklahoma cold-case killing has pleaded guilty to murder in the deaths of two girls whose disappearances also went unsolved for decades. William Reece pleaded guilty Wednesday in a courtroom in Galveston in the 1997 killings of 12-year-old Laura Smither of Friendswood and 17-year-old Jessica Cain of Tiki Island. The 62-year-old was serving a 60-year prison sentence for a 1998 Texas kidnapping in 2016 when he began cooperating with investigations of the other deaths. He was sentenced to death last year for the 1997 killing of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnson of Oklahoma City.

The Big 12 is going with an unconventional hire for commissioner in Roc Nation executive Brett Yormark. He is taking over for Bob Bowlsby, who came to the league a decade ago after stints as a college athletic director. Yormark's background isn't in college sports. His work in marketing and brand management could play an interesting role. The Big 12 faces challenges in revenue with the impending departure of Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC. The college game also is adjusting to athletes cashing in on name, image and likeness.

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“When you look at trying to have a department more representative of citizens, you have to be intentional in your recruiting efforts and make sure that women candidates are aware that the opportunities exist for them,” Waco Fire Chief Gregory Summers said. “You can bring your daughter or granddaughter to the fire station to see firefighters, but it has more impact when they see someone who looks like them.”

When you hear him talk about his military service, you can hear the pride and joy in Greg Vaughan’s voice. And it’s no wonder — the Waco resident had an action-packed four years in the U.S. Navy.

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