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Posted: Jan 30, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Jan 30, 2014 2:32 AM

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) Much of West Texas faces extreme wildfire danger Thursday because of gusty winds and plummeting humidity. The National Weather Service has issued a "red flag warning" for the Permian Basin and much of the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. Forecasters say southwesterly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 30 mph and humidity of 8 to 15 percent will bring explosive wildfire potential to the region. In the Guadalupe Mounts, winds could gust as high as 65 mph.

PALO PINTO, Texas (AP) The husband of a Texas woman found by her son dead in a freezer has been charged with providing her with methamphetamine. Cecil Ray Huddleston is in Palo Pinto County Jail without bond charged with delivering a controlled substance causing death or serious injury. He's also held on a parole violation warrant. Authorities say 38-year-old Shannon Herrin Huddleston died of methamphetamine use and hypothermia.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Board of Education is mulling tighter rules on citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks in the hope of heading off future controversies over evolutionary teaching. The education board approves books for classrooms statewide but considers objections raised by the citizen reviewers. The proposal board members are considering would create a secondary panel of experts with veto power over volunteer reviewer's objections.

HOUSTON (AP) A white Houston-area man accused of sucker punching an elderly black man returns to a Houston federal courtroom to enter a plea on a federal hate crime charge. Investigators say 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett broke the 79-year-old victim's jaw in two places in a Nov. 24 attack in the Houston suburb of Katy. They say he laughed and shouted "knockout" as the man fell to the ground. Investigators say Barrett video recorded the attack on his cellphone and shared the recording.

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