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Posted: Mar 17, 2013 5:31 AM

Updated: Mar 17, 2013 5:31 AM

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has won a presidential preference poll his father won twice in 2010 and 2011. Paul's victory in the unscientific yet symbolic straw poll yesterday capped this week's Conservative Political Action Conference. Nearly 3,000 people participated in the CPAC online poll in suburban Washington D.C., and more than half of those who voted were under 26. Rand is the son of retired Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A group promoting legislation to legalize casino gambling is dialing down its ambitions for this session of the Texas Legislature. The Austin American-Statesman reports Let Texans Decide had cast its lot with efforts for full-blown legalization of casino gambling of Texas. But now the group led by former state Senator John Montford is pressing only for allow slot machines at horse and dog tracks.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) A third El Paso-area school district has acknowledged wrongdoing in a scandal over cheating to meet federal accountability measures. The El Paso Times reports that several students' credits were manipulated and students were inappropriately reclassified into different grade levels.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Former University of Texas women's track coach Bev Kearney is pursuing race and gender discrimination complaints against the school with federal and state officials. Kearney's filed complaints Tuesday with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission, the first steps toward filing a lawsuit. By law, those agencies must have the case for 180 days before litigation.

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