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Texas prison program aims to produce business-savvy inmates

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CLEVELAND, Texas (AP) — Standing in a prison chow hall, Richard Chavez Jr. outlines his past: violent felon, former gang member, the fourth member of his family to go to prison. Then his future: owner of a mobile counseling youth service that goes where the troubled kids are.


Thieves crash pickup truck into Houston store

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police are looking for thieves who crashed a truck into a store and stole an ATM but apparently left behind a cellphone while fleeing.

Officials say a convenience store clerk escaped injury in the theft early Wednesday captured on security video.

The video shows several masked individuals at first moving an ice storage unit away from the front doors. A pickup truck being driven in reverse then smashes through the entryway.

Update on Texas Legislature

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Without Gov. Rick Perry at the helm for the first time in 14 years, the Texas Legislature returned Tuesday under new Republican leadership that vows lower taxes and looser gun laws but is also confronting party infighting and plunging oil prices that threaten conservative promises.


Pflugerville man damages 50 vehicles, nearly $11K in mischief

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 29-year-old man has been arrested after he told police he damaged nearly 50 vehicles, with damages reachng almost $11,000.


Texas Legislature opens amid sweeping GOP promises, oil woes

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature opened Tuesday with pomp and good feelings belying what could be bitter policy fights ahead as re-galvanized Republicans work to keep sweeping conservative promises on tax cuts, gun rights, education and immigration — all while collapsing oil prices may threaten the state's economy.

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