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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 2:00 PM

Updated: Dec 16, 2013 2:01 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Civil Rights Project says in a new report that state agencies and public schools aren't doing enough to register voters. But Secretary of State John Steen and other Republican officials point to higher turnout in last month's statewide elections to answer critics who say a new voter ID law is disenfranchising some Texans.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas lawmakers will soon be considering their options for closing a shortfall in the state pension system. Officials say the pension system in Texas is in better shape than those in other states but it could run out of money in about 40 years without some changes.

HOUSTON (AP) Texas schools hired fewer than 15,000 first-year teachers last year, down from 25,000 in 2008. The Texas Education Agency says the 2011-12 school year was the first in recent history in which Texas public schools lost more teachers than they gained.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The federal trial of a former BP drilling engineer from Texas has moved to closing statements. Kurt Mix is accused of deleting text messages to hinder a grand jury investigation of the company's response to the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mix didn't testify at the trial. His lawyer says Mix didn't hide anything from the grand jury.

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