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Posted: Feb 27, 2014 6:00 AM

Updated: Feb 27, 2014 6:01 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Texas Gov. Rick Perry is returning to Iowa Thursday for a two-day visit that includes stops in the Des Moines suburbs and a meeting with business leaders in Davenport. It will be Perry's first visit to Iowa since last November. He's frequently mentioned as a potential presidential candidate but hasn't announced his plans. He failed in a 2012 bid for the GOP nomination.

(Information in the following story is from: WIBW-AM, http://www.am580wibw.com)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says an Amber alert issued this week suggesting a missing Texas teenager could be in the Kansas City area was a mistake caused by miscalculating the location of her cellphone ping. Talert was sent around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after Texas authorities said a ping of 15-year-old Nomei "Mimi" Velazquez's cellphone indicated she may be in the Lenexa and Overland Park areas. Nomei was found unharmed at a Lubbock residence on Wednesday. A 28-year-old construction worker was taken into custody.

(Information in the following story is from: The Beaumont Enterprise, http://beaumontenterprise.com )

VIDOR, Texas (AP) A Southeast Texas woman has been sentenced to four years of probation after a 5-year-old she was baby-sitting died after shooting himself with her handgun. Nineteen-year-old Melissa Ringhardt had pleaded guilty to endangering a child. In October, she was watching 5-year-old John Read and a 6-month-old child at their parents' home, when she left the handgun on a living room table before taking a nap. and later found Read's body with a bullet wound in the head. She later told authorities she was high on marijuana the day of the shooting.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The state's top criminal appeals court has ruled that investigators must have search warrants to search the cellphones of suspects and other persons of interest. The 8-1 ruling Wednesday of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a lower-court order in the case of a Huntsville student arrested and charged with a minor misdemeanor over a disturbance aboard a school bus.

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