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Posted: Jan 9, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Jan 9, 2014 2:31 AM

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) Officials of a picturesque Hill Country town are considering charging out-of-state visitors to use its popular, spring-fed rivers for floating on inner tubes. The Comal River has drawn inner-tube enthusiasts to New Braunfels for years. Now, the New Braunfels City Council is considering levying a $5 fee on out-of-town visitors to float at the city's Hinman Island Park and Prince Solms Park on summer weekends and holidays.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) State Sen. Wendy Davis will appear in North Texas to discuss education proposals for her campaign for governor. The Fort Worth Democrat is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination to replace Gov. Rick Perry. She'll appear Thursday at the University of Texas at Arlington to talk to teachers and school administrators at a roundtable.

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) Two top officials of a Southeast Texas school district have been indicted on charges accusing them of stealing more than $4 million from the district. Devin Wayne McCraney is the Beaumont Independent School District's finance director, and Sharika Baksh Allison is the district's comptroller. The 19-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Beaumont names both in a single conspiracy count and 18 fraud counts.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The former workers' compensation claims chief for the Texas Association of School Boards admits to stealing more than $500,000 from the group's insurance fund. Federal prosecutors say Herman G. Wilks pleaded guilty to 10 mail fraud counts. He admitted stealing from a fund that provides coverage for member school board unemployment and workers' compensation claims, along with auto, liability and property claims.

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