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5 things to know about the Texas elections

| |Monday, Sep. 01, 2014

The results of Texas' Nov. 4 election will kick off the state's largest political shakeup in a generation because not a single statewide incumbent is on the ballot. Here are five things to watch:

Texas voter ID trial begins as elections ramp up

| |Monday, Sep. 01, 2014

A major election year in Texas has overshadowed an upcoming trial on the fate of the state's tough new voter ID law, with a judge set to determine whether it safeguards ballot integrity or discriminates against minorities by imposing a mandate that suppresses turnout.

6 dead after speeding car slams into tree in Texas

|Monday, Sep. 01, 2014

A speeding car slammed into a tree after losing control along a Dallas roadway, killing all six people inside, police said Monday

Austin music advocate has enjoyed a colorful life

| |Monday, Sep. 01, 2014

"My brain is like a popcorn popper," Nancy Coplin says. "Ideas just — poink! — pop up."

Born from fire: Lake Worth celebrates 100th year

| |Monday, Sep. 01, 2014

In the early 1900s, city leaders assumed they had an endless supply of water.

US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.

Truck stop owner, others help N La big cat owner

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The owner of a Baton Rouge-area truck stop that keeps a live tiger was among volunteers helping a northwest Louisiana big cat owner bring facilities up to state standards.

Animal cruelty trial set to begin in Dallas

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The trial of a Mesquite man charged with felony animal cruelty for beating and drowning his dog is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Dallas.

Fake sheriff's deputies rob home outside Houston

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Authorities say two men impersonating sheriff's deputies have robbed a home where authorities previously searched for drugs.

Explosion in Mexican customs office closes bridge

|Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

A four-lane bridge crossing the Rio Grande has been closed after two gas line explosions set the customs and immigration office ablaze in the Mexican community of Piedras Negras.