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Posted: Jan 21, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Jan 21, 2014 2:31 AM

HOUSTON (AP) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says Texas teachers pull "a very fair salary" as a judge begins weighing whether the state is adequately funding public schools. Dewhurst said Monday night at a Republican debate that Texas schoolteachers do well compared to other parts of the country when the state's low cost of living is factored in the equation. The debate came on the eve of a school finance trial that's resuming Tuesday in Austin.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Former Texas A&M University President Robert Gates is returning to Aggieland to promote his recently released book about his nearly five-year tenure as the nation's defense secretary. Gates will likely encounter a friendly audience Tuesday during a presentation and book-signing on the A&M campus in College Station. His tell-all book raises questions about President Barack Obama's war leadership and harshly criticizes Vice President Joe Biden.

MISSION, Texas (AP) U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is to tour the Texas-Mexico border and receive a briefing on border security operations in South Texas. Johnson's Tuesday visit would follow the Border Patrol's release Friday of the final 2013 immigrant arrest numbers, which showed a 16 percent increase. The Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector, which encompasses the southernmost tip of Texas, has become the busiest segment of the Southwest border for illegal immigration.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) A South Texas police chief says two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise this month. A federal official with knowledge of the case said late Monday there currently was no connection between the McAllen case and any ongoing investigation into the breach, but would not elaborate.

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