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Posted: Mar 21, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Mar 21, 2014 2:31 AM

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and state Senator Dan Patrick are making a relatively rare joint appearance. Dewhurst and Patrick are to address the Republican Women of Kerr County in Kerrville today. They had been scheduled to debate this week in Houston. Patrick canceled after organizers refused to allow media coverage.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Federal data shows that black male students in Texas are suspended nearly five times more frequently than whites. The U.S. Department of Education found that 14 percent of Texas black boys were suspended during the 2011-2012 school year. That's compared to 3 percent of white males and 6 percent of Hispanics.

ODESSA, Texas (AP) A West Texas jury has acquitted a former high school teacher of having an improper relationship with a student. The Ector County jury found former Odessa Permian High School math teacher Robert Young not guilty yesterday of two improper relationship counts. A conviction would have meant from two to 20 years in prison on each count.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) It's graduation day at the Texas Department of Public Safety for two new canine teams. Both teams will be certified today at ceremonies at DPS headquarters in Austin. One of the canine teams will be devoted to detection of hidden explosives. The other will focus on detection of illicit drugs.

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