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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 2:30 AM

Updated: Dec 17, 2013 2:31 AM

DALLAS (AP) An exhibit of works by a Spanish painter who achieved acclaim in the U.S. in the early 20th century has opened in Dallas. The first major exhibit to focus on Joaquin Sorolla's impact in America opened last week at Southern Methodist University's Meadows Museum. The show, "Sorolla and America," features more than 160 works from the artist whose paintings included portraits, landscapes and scenes from everyday life. After closing April 19 in Dallas, the exhibit travels to San Diego and Madrid.

(Information in the following story is from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Children were allowed back inside a San Antonio elementary school that was briefly evacuated after a dummy grenade was found in a student's lunchbox. Northside Independent School District officials say school district police determined yesterday that it was empty and could not explode. Children were allowed back in the building after 35 minutes. The student's age or grade was not released. Officials say the student could face discipline from the district.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) A former El Paso school board member has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for accepting more than $176,000 in bribes. Former El Paso Independent School District Trustee Salvador "Sal" Mena also was orderedto forfeit $176,455. Mena had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and deprivation of honest services. Mena accepted bribes from school district vendors in exchange for his support of their contracts. Mena told vendors to make contributions to his election campaigns.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas (AP) Country singer Ray Price has died at his home in Mount Pleasant after a fight with pancreatic cancer. He was one of the most influential figures in country music in the 1960s and '70s and was perhaps best known for his version of the Kris Kristofferson-written song "For the Good Times" that became a pop hit. Ray Price was 87.

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