ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - Monday’s shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. might sound all too familiar to Texans.
Nearly four years ago, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood north of Austin, killing 13 and wounding another 32. Now, Congress is aiming to help victims of that attack and their families with the Fort Hood Heroes Act.
The measure would give victims the same status as those of the 9/11 attacks, meaning major benefits and military awards like the Purple Heart.
Last week, the Senate version was announced, and the House version is expected to be introduced this week. Congressman John Carter, R-Texas, said he already has about a quarter of the membership as co-sponsors.
"They would not be treated as they had been wounded on the battlefield or as if they'd been attacked by terrorists, but rather as a workforce incident,” Carter sais.
But Monday’s shooting would need separate consideration, even though it is on a military installation. The Fort Hood Heroes Act is just for Fort Hood, but Carter said it could open up that conversation for future attacks.
"Certainly, it would show that Congress is willing to speak out when they feel an injustice has been done under the rakes,” he said.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.