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Posted: Feb 18, 2013 2:31 AM

Updated: Feb 18, 2013 2:31 AM

BRYAN, Texas (AP) A Central Texas fire chief says doctors are optimistic that two firefighters will recover from serious burns suffered in a blaze that killed two colleagues. Bryan Fire Chief Randy McGregor thanked everyone yesterday for their prayers for the families of fallen firefighters Eric Wallace and Gregory Pickard. They were killed in Friday's blaze at an unoccupied Knights of Columbus Hall.

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) Police have charged a former North Texas officer with the deadly shooting of his ex-girlfriend and the wounding of her friend. Rockwall police says Anthony Lewis was shot during a chase Saturday night following the attack. The former Hunt County constable faces charges in the death of 33-year-old Jessica Aguilar and the wounding of 40-year-old Francisco Delacruz.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) In the past five years, the Austin Public Library system has loaned out $1.1 million worth of books and other items that haven't been returned. The Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV found that library users owe more than $860,000 in late fees for books borrowed between 2008 and 2012. Library officials say most of the losses are related to users keeping or losing items.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) A West Texas school district has dropped plans to spend $100,000 on a study about whether to outsource four supervisory positions. The Ysleta Independent School District faces allegations of lavish spending by its superintendent, Michael Zolkoski. The El Paso Times reports trustee Shane Haggerty says he questioned the spending of $100,000 on a plan that could lead to worker layoffs.

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