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Posted: Aug 29, 2012 6:04 AM

Updated: Aug 29, 2012 6:04 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The embattled Texas Highway Patrol Museum in San Antonio will close after a court settlement was reached with the state. The San Antonio Express-News reports less than a penny of each fundraising dollar went to help Texas troopers and their families. Attorney General Greg Abbott sued the museum last year and alleged financial mismanagement.

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) A South Texas grocer has been sentenced to two years in prison for vendor fraud. A federal judge yesterday sentenced 46-year-old Fernando Estrada of Mission. Investigators say Estrada paid participants in the Women, Infants and Children Program cash for their benefits.

LIBERTY, Texas (AP) The first trial stemming from the alleged repeated sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Southeast Texas is set to begin. Opening statements are scheduled today in Liberty in the trial of 20-year-old Eric McGowen. Authorities say the girl was assaulted in 2010 by a group of 20 males ranging from a middle school student to a 28-year-old.

TOKYO (AP) Japan's Daikin Industries has announced plans to buy Houston-based Goodman Global Group in a $3.7 billion deal. Officials say the purchase is expected to fortify Daikin's status as the world's biggest maker of industrial heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. Goodman president and CEO David Swift says the deal will help his company expand its sales outside the U.S.

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