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Posted: Mar 31, 2014 4:47 PM

Updated: Mar 31, 2014 4:47 PM

HOUSTON (AP) This could be a late night for workers helping people across Texas get signed up for health insurance ahead of a federal deadline. The line of last-minute applicants has at times stretched a quarter of the way around the Alamodome in San Antonio. And it took hours to get an interpreter and a counselor on the phone simultaneously at a center in Houston that helps refugees. Enrollment is considered crucial in Texas, where one in four people are uninsured.

HOUSTON (AP) A prosecutor has told a jury the Houston woman accused of killing her boyfriend was hot-tempered and had a history of being aggressive in their relationship. But Ana Trujillo's lawyer says the woman was acting in self-defense when she fatally stabbed University of Houston professor Alf Stefan Andersson with a stiletto heel at his condo last June. Trujillo's murder trial is expected to last at least a week.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A new business coalition says Texas retailers, restaurants, hotels and farmers suffer from a shortage of low-skilled workers and need changes to federal immigration laws so they can expand. Some of the top trade groups in Texas are banding together to lobby Congress. They favor creating a legal status for people working in the country illegally and a guest worker program to meet future needs.

WESLACO, Texas (AP) Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott is urging Texas families to turn away from federal Head Start programs and toward early education alternatives in their local districts. His education plan includes up to $118 million in pre-K funding for districts that meet high standards and the return of a reading initiative started when George W. Bush was governor. Democrat Wendy Davis immediately slammed Abbott for defending classroom cuts in 2011.

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