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Condemned Texas inmate loses Supreme Court appeal

Posted: 05/28/2014 - HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from a condemned Texas inmate whose supporters contend his death sentence decided by a Houston jury 17 years ago unfairly was based on race.

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Legislative highlights for oldest US congressman

Posted: 05/27/2014 - ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) - Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, will leave Capitol Hill in December, after former U.S. Attorney John Radcliffe defeated him Tuesday to win the GOP's nomination for Texas' 4th Congressional District. Here are some notable events from Hall's 34 years in the U.S. House.

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Paxton wins GOP runoff for Texas attorney general

Posted: 05/27/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Tea party favorite Ken Paxton has won the Republican nomination for Texas attorney general after a bruising runoff against fellow lawmaker Dan Branch.

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Texas Democrats nominate Alameel for US Senate

Posted: 05/27/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Dallas dental mogul and former major GOP donor David Alameel has beaten perennial candidate Kesha Rogers to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

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Miller wins GOP nod for agriculture commissioner

Posted: 05/27/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former lawmaker Sid Miller has won the Republican nomination for Texas agriculture commissioner after a runoff boosted by a rare endorsement from Gov. Rick Perry.

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Texas GOP picks Sitton as railroad commissioner

Posted: 05/27/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Oil engineer Ryan Sitton has overcome a big deficit in the March primary to win a runoff for the Republican nomination for railroad commissioner.

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Woman in court; case may be tied to Iranian death

Posted: 05/27/2014 - HOUSTON (AP) - A woman facing federal fraud charges and whose Jordanian-born father is accused in the shooting death of an Iranian student and women's rights activist has told a federal judge she has no attorney and has made no attempt to contact one.

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Texas runoffs could be end for Lt. Gov. Dewhurst

Updated: 05/27/2014 - AUSTIN - Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst faces being ousted in a primary runoff by GOP voters who again appear ready to buck Texas' establishment candidates and welcome another tea party wave.

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Feds probe incident involving 2 Houston planes

Posted: 05/23/2014 - HOUSTON (AP) - Federal officials are investigating an incident in which two United Airlines planes may have flown too near to each other over Houston.

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Superintendents publicly criticize state testing

Posted: 05/22/2014 - DALLAS (AP) - Several Texas superintendents are publicly criticizing the state's standardized testing system in advance of the upcoming release of score results.

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Texas rules to combat zebra mussels extended statewide

Updated: 05/22/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Parks and Wildlife officials have expanded to the entire state a mandate that boaters on lakes and rivers drain their watercrafts to combat the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species.

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Debate invites latest tumult between Davis, Abbott

Posted: 05/21/2014 - DALLAS (AP) - Democrat Wendy Davis wants six debates across Texas before voters elect a new governor in November, but Republican Greg Abbott wants her to accept two proposals already on the table.

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Dewhurst raises only $1.6M as GOP runoff looms

Posted: 05/21/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has raised only about $1.6 million since late February, but lent himself nearly twice that while attempting to beat back a primary challenge from state Sen. Dan Patrick.

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DPS urges Texans to prepare for hurricane season

Posted: 05/21/2014 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hurricane season doesn't start for another week-and-a-half, but the Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Texans - especially those near the coast - to begin preparing now for the approach of a hurricane.

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Texas nuke site increases monitoring of containers

Posted: 05/20/2014 - LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Workers at a West Texas nuclear waste disposal site are closely monitoring containers being stored there temporarily, a day after New Mexico officials said containers packed with organic kitty litter may pose a potentially "substantial" threat to public health.

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Drought forces park in Texas to use trucked water

Updated: 05/20/2014 - WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - Critical drought conditions in one North Texas city have forced an entertainment park to truck in well water for its slides and river float attraction.

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