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Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:42 AM

Updated: Jan 5, 2013 4:42 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) In 2012, bankruptcies and a criminal investigation marred Texas' signature programs that use taxpayer funds to boost private startups. Next week state lawmakers must decide in 2013 how much they will support Governor Rick Perry's Emerging Technology Fund and the embattled Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) An Air Force recruiter for the Houston area faces a hearing at a San Antonio base on whether he gets court-martialed after he was accused of sexual misconduct, rape and obstructing justice. An Air Force statement says Tech Sergeant Jaime (HYE'-may) Rodriguez is accused of having "unprofessional relationships" with recruits and a recruiter assistant. He's scheduled for an Article 32 hearing at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on Tuesday.

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) Authorities say a 13-year-old Texas boy has died after hitting a tree while skiing at Copper Mountain in Colorado. The Summit County coroner says Tristan Bartlett of Houston wasn't wearing a helmet when he struck the tree yesterday. He was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The New York Times is reporting yesterday that Lance Armstrong who has strongly denied the doping charges that led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles has told associates he is considering admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong's attorney told The Associated Press last night that he has no knowledge of Armstrong considering a confession.

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