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Their mother, whose name was not released, was being held Monday on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, Sheriff Williams said.

He said the Highway Patrol was notified about 6:15 a.m. Monday that there had been an accident and a woman needed help getting her children out of the car. Divers were sent to the scene.

The children, still strapped in their seats, were dead when the car was lifted from the water about 45 minutes later, he said.

TEXAS

Court lets stand judge’s reprimand

HOUSTON | The Texas Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from the state’s highest criminal court judge, who wants a reprimand for her handling of an execution-day appeal revoked.

Judge Sharon Keller appealed the “public warning” the State Commission on Judicial Conduct gave her after she closed her court while defense attorneys were trying to file a last-minute appeal for an inmate executed hours later.

Michael Wayne Richard received a lethal injection on the same day in 2007 that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider whether mentally impaired people should be spared from execution.

The judicial conduct panel decided Judge Keller mishandled her duties and cast “public discredit on the judiciary.” It could have recommended she be removed from the bench.

From wire dispatches and staff reports