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Posted: Feb 16, 2014 2:36 AM

Updated: Feb 16, 2014 2:36 AM

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) A Port Arthur facility will destroy some of the industrial chemicals found in Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons. The Beaumont Enterprise reports that Veolia Environmental North America won a bid to destroy five types of industrial chemicals that had been stored in Syria. Veolia says in a statement Friday the contract was awarded by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) An offer by two Texas judges to officiate same-sex "commitment" ceremonies at an Austin courthouse on Valentine's Day has sparked the anger of GOP politicians who noted the Lone Star State doesn't recognize gay marriage. The Austin American-Statesman reported Saturday the offer by County Court-at-Law Judge John Lipscombe and his wife, visiting Judge Jan Breland, a retired county court-at-law judge, was part of a 25-year tradition to hold free courthouse weddings on Valentine's Day.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Republican candidate for state comptroller Glenn Hegar has amended his personal financial disclosures after questions arose about their legality. The conservative state senator from Katy provided additional information after The Associated Press questioned why the statements to the Texas Ethics Commission did not list his wife, her employer or a breakdown of the mutual funds they own. An expert on the law said that information was required.

DALLAS (AP) Authorities say a man suspected of shooting and wounding a Dallas police officer has turned himself in. Dallas police said in an email yesterday that Rakeem Perkins surrendered to police and was taken to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the leg.

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