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Posted: Feb 25, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Feb 25, 2014 2:31 AM

(Information in the following story is from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Prosecutors have dropped a case against a teacher accused of exchanging sexually explicit texts with a 13-year-old student, alleging that an appeals court ruling found them to be protected speech. The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office dropped the case against Sean Arlis Williams, a junior high teacher in the suburb of Everman.

(Information in the following story is from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has proposed a state takeover of Alamo Plaza. That's the downtown San Antonio square in front of the old mission managed since 2011 by Patterson's office. But a city council member whose district includes the mission and square says a 21-member committee to be formed March 6 to study the square could consider the idea during its 18-month review.

(Information in the following story is from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com)

WEBSTER, Texas (AP) Three suburban Houston police officers accused of using excessive force have been reassigned to other departments in their city government with one appointed dog-catcher. The three Webster Police Department officers accused of hitting, kicking and stomping on a man have been on paid suspension since December. Webster's interim police chief, Thomas Claunch, says the town is too small to keep paying employees who aren't working.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is approaching the March primary with $30 million socked away for his bid to replace Governor Rick Perry. Abbott reported today that he raised another $2.5 million during a lively last month in the governor's race. Attacks between Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis have sharpened since late January over border security and Abbott's decision to campaign with controversial rocker Ted Nugent.

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