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Posted: Oct 4, 2013 2:33 AM

Updated: Oct 4, 2013 2:33 AM

HALTOM CITY, Texas (AP) Democrat Wendy Davis has declared her candidacy for governor of Texas. The Texas state senator promised to represent the interests of middle-class residents, focusing on education, economic development and health care. The Fort Worth lawmaker came to national attention in June for her filibuster that helped temporarily block new statewide abortion restrictions.

(Information in the following story is from: Odessa American, http://www.oaoa.com)

MCCAMEY, Texas (AP) A suspect has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a West Texas sheriff's deputy. Billy Kennedy died at a convenience store in McCamey. Gary Green has been charged in the shooting.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) A former West Texas sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to his involvement in a cocaine distribution conspiracy. Former Yoakum County deputy Inoe R. Valdez pleaded guilty in Lubbock to unlawful use of a communication facility. He faces up to four years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) A federal appeals court has overturned a lower-court ruling that blocked Texas from enforcing new restrictions on volunteer voter registrars. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled there was insufficient evidence that First Amendment rights to free speech were being violated or that the laws were pre-empted by the federal "motor voter" law.

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