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Posted: Mar 30, 2013 5:37 AM

Updated: Mar 30, 2013 5:37 AM

LAREDO, Texas (AP) The federal budget cuts shouldn't mean worse traffic than usual this Easter weekend crossing from Mexico into Texas. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reassuring motorists that the holiday waiting shouldn't be worse than most years. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano previously warned that the budget cuts could drive wait times at border crossings to five hours or more.

WASHINGTON (AP) A dispute between the AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce regarding immigration is nearly settled. A major hurdle has been removed as the sides close in on an agreement on a contentious new low-skilled worker program. A last major sticking point between the two parties was wages for the tens of thousands of workers who would be allowed to come in under a new visa program.

DALLAS (AP) The attorney for a former Dallas teacher says he's hoping charges will be dropped in the death of a 6-year-old boy. A grand jury indicted Tammy Lowe for failure to stop and render aid and manslaughter for a hit and run accident. Lowe's attorney says he's hopeful the district attorney will dismiss the charges when the facts get out.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) It's a nearly six-year prison term for a North Texas man for hauling more than 245 pounds of marijuana. Brian Julian Gallardo of Sherman was sentenced yesterday to 71 months in prison. He was found in a truck carrying spools of barbed wire in which troopers found the marijuana bricks.

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