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Posted: Feb 28, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Feb 28, 2014 2:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The head of the Texas Democratic Party is taking the unusual step of urging voters not to support one of the candidates on his party's primary ballot. Activist Kesha Rogers is one of five little-known hopefuls vying for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in Tuesday's primary. But she supports impeaching President Barack Obama. Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa (ee-noh-HOH'-sah) wrote in a mass e-mail this week: "Kesha Rogers is not a Democrat." A perennial candidate, Rogers isallied with political extremist and conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche. Hinojosa called Rogers' candidacy an insult, noting she has "paraded around Texas with a poster of the president with a Hitler mustache" and "advocated for colonizing Mars."

EL PASO, Texas (AP) New attorneys for a West Texas man convicted of two murders wants a judge to suppress the confession he made after his 1993 arrest. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in December overturned the convictions of Daniel Villegas (vee-YAY'-gas), agreeing that he had ineffective counsel at trial. In January, Villegas was released on bond after 18 years in prison and a new trial was scheduled for May 28. Villegas was sentenced in 1995 to life in prison in the deaths of two teenagers during a drive-by shooting in El Paso.

(Information in the following story is from: The Monitor, http://www.themonitor.com)

WESLACO, Texas (AP) Four top officials of a South Texas city and a former top official spent the afternoon in jail after they were charged with violating the state Open Meetings Act. Mayor Pro Tem John Cuellar, commissioners David Fox, Jerry Tafolla and Lupe Rivera and ex-commissioner Joe Martinez were released from the Hidalgo County Jail in Edinburg on their own recognizance about two hours later. Each face up to six months in jail and up to $500 in fines if convicted.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas will begin selling beer and wine at some athletic events, starting Friday at the Texas softball invitational tournament. Texas has long banned alcohol sales at athletic events. New men's athletic director Steve Patterson said the school will sell beer and win at the final men's and women's basketball games, softball, baseball and the Texas Relays track event. Alcohol sales could expand to football in the fall, although the April 19 spring scrimmage at Royal-Memorial Stadium will not be included.

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