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Teen Charged with Murder After School Stabbing: One 17-year-old boy is dead and another is charged with his murder after a fight at their Texas high school turned deadly.  The Houston Chronicle reports that an early morning fight in the cafeteria ended with one student dying and three others being wounded after the suspect pulled out a knife and began stabbing his opponents.  The suspect, 17-year-old Luis Alfaro, has been charged with murder and is being held in county jail.

CA Bill to Help Realignment Felons: A California bill being considered by the state Senate would allow people convicted of realignment crimes (non-violent, non-serious, non-sexual) to request that a judge expunge their felony convictions.  Erika Auilar of SCPR reports that the bill would allow ex-cons convicted of property felonies, or drug dealing to check the 'no' box on job applications when asked if they have ever been convicted of a felony.  A felony conviction that has been expunged can disappear from someone's criminal record after ten years if the individual isn't convicted of an additional crime.

California Inmates End Hunger Strike: A two-month long hunger strike taking place in prisons across California has ended after lawmakers agreed to listen to complaints concerning the treatment of inmates.  KTVU and the Associated Press report that the hunger strike, which at one point involved more than 30,000 inmates, began over concerns of the use of solitary confinement.  The hearings will begin later this fall, and will address complaints surrounding the solitary confinement of prison gang leaders. 

Colorado Teen Accused of Stabbing Mom 79 Times: A Colorado teenager is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing her mother 79 times in the face and neck in the bathroom of their home.  Katherina Cavazini of HLN reports that 18-year-old Isabella Guzman is being held without bond in a Colorado jail on first-degree murder charges.  Guzman was scheduled to be arraigned earlier this morning, but the hearing was postponed after she refused to leave her cell.

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