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Posted: Mar 25, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Mar 25, 2014 2:31 AM

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) The U.S. Coast Guard is hoping it will be able to open the Houston Ship Channel three days after a barge collision dumped as many as 170,000 gallons of heavy oil into the water. Crews have been working to clean up the oil. The channel is one of the nation's busiest seaports.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) A Houston-area insurance agent whose company name included the word "integrity" has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing from about 40 clients. Prosecutors say Christopher Vernon Murphy operated a League City business called Integrity Insurance Agency. Buss says Murphy received payments for Texas Windstorm insurance from his clients but kept the money instead of forwarding it.

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. Sheriff Bob Alford says the raid happened Saturday night near Alvarado (al-var-AY'-doh) after deputies received information about cockfighting. Alford says some people fled but 17 were arrested on charges of attending a cockfight or cruelty to non-livestock animals.

IRVING, Texas (AP) A higher education conference organized by former governors Jeb Bush of Florida and Jim Hunt of North Carolina wraps up today in North Texas. The conference drew nationwide attention as Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton both said higher education has the power to transform lives and be a force for democracy around the globe.

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