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Civil rights groups seeking Texas schools review

Posted: 12/21/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two civil rights organizations are seeking a federal review of public school education in Texas, accusing state school administrators of violating federal civil rights laws after curriculum changes approved earlier this year by the Texas Board of Education.

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The Senate could be Texas Democrats' 'Alamo'

Posted: 12/20/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The 101-member Republican supermajority in the Texas House has the power to impose its will on House Democrats. The dozen Democrats in the Senate are viewed as the party's last hope to keep the GOP agenda from making the party opposite irrelevant in 2011.

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Comptroller: Industry-wooing incentives too costly

Posted: 12/20/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A study by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs' office shows the state is paying too much to attract major economic development projects, particularly farms of wind-powered electric generators.

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Names released for 3 killed in La. plane crash

Posted: 12/20/2010 - CROWLEY, La. (AP) - Authorities say they're continuing to investigate what caused a small plane carrying a group of sky divers to crash Saturday in south central Louisiana.

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Ex-soldier talks about slaying of Iraqi family

Posted: 12/20/2010 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An Iraq War veteran serving five consecutive life terms for raping and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her parents and sister says he didn't think of that country's civilians as humans after being exposed to extreme war zone violence.

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Pena to switch to GOP

Posted: 12/15/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A longtime Democrat from deep South Texas is becoming a Republican.

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Texas man sentenced in Iowa in smuggling case

Posted: 12/15/2010 - DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Texas man convicted of transporting illegal immigrants to Iowa, which resulted in the death one of them in a van crash, has been sentenced to over three years in prison.

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Mexican border city hits 3,000 dead in drug war

Posted: 12/15/2010 - CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - Authorities say this year's death toll in drug-related violence in the border city of Ciudad Juarez rose to 3,000 Tuesday after two men were shot dead on a street.

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Senate: Extend review time for offshore drilling

Posted: 12/15/2010 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill moving toward approval in the Senate would increase by 60 days the amount of time the Interior Department has to conduct environmental and safety reviews of offshore drilling projects.

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Dallas police searching for arrestee after escapes

Posted: 12/13/2010 - DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police are searching for a man who despite being handcuffed, managed to get his arms in front of him and drive away in a squad car, which he later abandoned.

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Man dead, baby hospitalized after chase

Posted: 12/13/2010 - MAGNOLIA, Texas (AP) - A man died and a baby was hospitalized after a vehicle rolled during a police chase in Southeast Texas.

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Texas denies incentives to Rodriguez movie

Posted: 12/09/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Film Commission has denied state incentives to motion picture director Robert Rodriguez's film satire "Machete."

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Authorities find buried boat on suspect's property

Posted: 12/09/2010 - DALLAS (AP) - Eight years after a hit-and-run boating accident killed a high school football player out fishing with his best friends, authorities have arrested a man and found a speedboat buried on his rural Texas property.

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Texas prison board to hear about budget cuts

Posted: 12/09/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas prison director is briefing the state prison board about financial concerns facing the state's prison system as part of the overall Texas budget shortfall expected to top $20 billion.

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Polygamist sect leader Jeffs due in Texas court

Posted: 12/08/2010 - SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is due back in a West Texas courtroom for his first pretrial hearing since being transferred from Utah.

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Father convicted in scalding of Texas girl

Posted: 12/08/2010 - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A man and his girlfriend have been sentenced to prison after they were convicted of abuse in the scalding of his 10-year-old daughter.

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Texas comptroller to release education report

Posted: 12/08/2010 - DALLAS (AP) - Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is set to release an education report that will include a rating system for school districts that compares student performance with district spending.

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