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Roberto Salas, left, and Lewis Sternhagen check a flooded car on the frontage road between South Loop West Freeway and South Post Oak Road near the Willow Waterhole Bayou, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Houston. Floodwaters kept rising Tuesday across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the highways. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP)

“Nobody was saying, ‘Get out! Get out! Get out!'” said Brenda Morton of Wimberley, a popular bed-and-breakfast getaway near Austin that is surrounded by vineyards. She said year-round residents know the risks, but “people who were visiting or had summer homes, you have company from out of town, you don’t know. You don’t know when that instant is.”

Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, left, present his arguments in Manhattan State Supreme Court, in New York, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Lawyers for two chimpanzees went to court to argue that the animals have "personhood" rights and should be freed from the Long Island university where they are kept. Listening are Natalie Prosin, executive director of the Nonhuman Rights Project, and Assistant Attorney General Christopher Coulston, right.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

“They’re essentially in solitary confinement,” Wise told the judge before a crowd of about 100 people packed into the Manhattan courthouse’s ceremonial courtroom. “This is what we do to the worst human criminal.”

Neb. state Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, left, bumps forearms with Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus after lawmakers gave final approval to a bill abolishing the death penalty with enough votes to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts. The 32-15 vote on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Lincoln, Neb., was bolstered by conservative senators who oppose capital punishment for fiscal, religious and pragmatic reasons. on a bill to abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Some senators said they philosophically support the death penalty, but are convinced the state will never carry out another execution because of legal obstacles. Nebraska hasn’t executed an inmate since a 1997 electrocution, and the state has never done so with its current lethal injection protocol.

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