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Texas senator kicks off presidential campaign at Christian college

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz opened the first major campaign of the 2016 presidential season Monday with a kickoff speech courting cultural conservatives and declaring that he will devote himself to "reigniting the promise of America."


University of Houston suspends fraternity for alleged hazing

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HOUSTON (AP) — The University of Houston president suspended the Sigma Chi fraternity at the school following allegations of hazing that jeopardized students' health and safety.

University President Renu Khator said in a statement Tuesday that she's "shocked, dismayed and deeply disappointed" by the allegations.

The statement provides no details of what is alleged to have happened, but Khator says the university has suspended five students. She says if the allegations prove to be true, the five "will be subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion."

Khator describes hazing as "a criminal act" and a violation of university policy, for which consent is not a defense.

University police have turned over its findings to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, which will determine if criminal charges are necessary.

Texas transportation officials refunding $1.7M in tolls

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Transportation has started mailing refund checks to some tollway drivers who were overbilled or billing was wrongly delayed for months.


Man who skipped prison date faces up to 10 more years

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DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas-area man who was convicted of fraud and skipped reporting to federal prison to serve nearly six years faces up to 10 more years behind bars.


State Fair announces theme for 2015 of 'Passport to Texas'

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DALLAS (AP) — The theme of the 2015 State Fair will be "Passport to Texas."

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