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Posted: Jan 17, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Jan 17, 2014 2:31 AM

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas County district attorney says he's planning to fight back after a bruising year that was marked by allegations of an FBI investigation and prosecutorial misconduct. Craig Watkins tells The Associated Press emphatically denies being under federal investigation in a mortgage fraud case that threatened to dent the reputation of Texas' first black district attorney and his advocacy for the wrongfully convicted. Watkins says he's ready to seek re-election this fall and advance his office's work.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) A burglary investigation has restored to a North Texas woman the high school class room she lost 20 years ago. Arlington police will return the Boswell High School class ring to Shelly Ragland of Fort Worth at a reunion ceremony Friday morning at Arlington police headquarters. It was among stolen goods recently seized by police during an residential burglary investigation.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The two key Colorado River lakes near Austin began the year at their second-lowest levels since their dams were built in the 1940s. The Lower Colorado River Authority says water inflows into its Highland Lakes are at lower levels than a year ago, despite recent rain and what the LCRA calls unprecedented measures to protect the water supply.

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard have married in California. Parker's office says the mayor and Hubbard married in a sunset ceremony Thursday at a private residence in Palm Springs, Calif. Parker's election in 2009 made Houston the largest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor. While California allows gay people to marry, Texas does not recognize same-sex marriages

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