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Posted: Mar 26, 2014 4:00 AM

Updated: Mar 26, 2014 4:11 AM

HOUSTON (AP) The increase in ship congestion at the Houston Ship Channel highlights the need for more maintenance, dredging, high-tech navigation systems and other improvements. The port typically handles about 70 ships daily. Gulf of Mexico traffic is expected to rise. Officials are still investigating the cause of a crash between a ship and a barge that spilled 170,000 gallons of oil.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Top members of the Texas House are mulling implementation of an overhaul of high school curriculum. The law also cut the number of high school standardized tests for from a nation-high 15 to five. On the committee's agenda are possible ways to reduce standardized testing in lower grades.

HOUSTON (AP) Embattled University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall Jr. has accused System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa of dereliction of duty. Cigarroa announced his retirement from the chancellorship last month. Hall accused Cigarroa of turning a blind eye to what Hall alleged was false testimony to a Texas House committee on strife by UT-Austin President Bill Powers and his finance chief.

AUSITN, Texas (AP) Austin police say they've broken a human smuggling operation that held as many as 28 adults against their will in a trailer. Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay says a tip led officers to the trailer in a mobile home park in southeast Austin. Gay says it wasn't immediately clear which of the 28 were captives and which were captors. All were being questioned by police.

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