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Posted: Jan 29, 2014 5:08 PM

Updated: Jan 29, 2014 5:08 PM

DALLAS (AP) Federal and state environmental officials have reached a deal on portions of the Texas clean air plan after years of contention. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality confirmed today that the conditional agreement on state permits allows some operating flexibility for major air pollution sources, such as refineries.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Board of Education has again voted to drop Algebra Two as a requirement for high school graduation, beginning to hammer out implementation of a major academic curriculum overhaul. Eliminating the algebra two mandate for most students was part of a sweeping law approved overwhelmingly in May by the state Legislature.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The interim chief of Albuquerque, New Mexico's embattled police department is heading to Texas. Chief Allen Banks said yesterday that he's retiring at the end of next month to be chief in Round Rock outside Austin.

HOUSTON (AP) Harris County officials say a 31-year-old man who was involved in a road-rage incident with his wife has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the deaths of a woman and her child. Authorities say Emil McMahon of Crosby had argued with his wife and were in separate vehicles September 29th in Baytown when McMahon maneuvered his pickup to stop his wife's vehicle. The pickup swerved into oncoming traffic, striking head-on a car driven by Tania Vercher of Baytown, east of Houston. Vercher and 2-year-old Alejandro Vercher were killed.

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