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Posted: Mar 24, 2014 3:46 PM

Updated: Mar 24, 2014 3:46 PM

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) U.S. Coast Guard officials say they're trying to resume barge traffic in and out of one of the nation's busiest seaports as quickly as possible after an oil spill. How quickly that will happen is unclear, with cleanup efforts continuing in and around Galveston Bay. A collision between a barge and a ship Saturday spilled as much as 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the waters south of Houston. The closure stranded about 80 vessels on either side of the channel.

IRVING, Texas (AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush say higher education can transform lives and be a force for democracy around the globe. The potential 2016 presidential candidates said Monday at a Texas conference that the U.S. needs to make higher education more affordable while taking steps to help students access a quality education in the developing world. Clinton, a Democrat, and Bush, a Republican, are both weighing presidential bids.

ALVARADO, Texas (AP) A raid on a North Texas cockfighting ring has led to more than a dozen arrests and the seizure of nearly 100 birds. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the estimated 90 surviving animals have been turned over to the Humane Society of North Texas. The raid happened Saturday night near Alvarado (al-var-AY'-doh) after deputies received information about cockfighting, which is illegal in Texas.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) A Houston-area insurance agent whose company included the word "integrity" in its name has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing from about 40 clients. Christopher Vernon Murphy was sentenced as part of a plea agreement and ordered him to repay about $75,000. Murphy pleaded guilty to theft in fraud cases since May 2010.

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