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Posted: Apr 1, 2014 3:45 PM

Updated: Apr 1, 2014 3:46 PM

HOUSTON (AP) Large areas of Texas have fallen into severe drought as a typically wet season remains relatively dry. The Texas Water Development Board says extreme conditions have spread to a quarter of the state based on the information released by the National Drought Mitigation Center. That is almost double the area that faced those conditions last week.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas says its public school enrollment surged by nearly 20 percent in a decade, enough to officially top 5 million as of the 2012-2013 academic year. A report released Tuesday by the Texas Education Agency found that total enrollment for 2012-2013, the most-current figures available, exceeded 5.07 million. It grew by 820,019 students, or 19 percent, during the previous 10 years alone.

PLANO, Texas (AP) A former employee of a North Texas school district has admitted to bilking the district for at least $2.5 million in an embezzlement scheme. Prosecutors say Kris Wilson Gentz approved invoices as a security manager for the Plano Independent School District for safety checks that were never actually done. Instead, money from the invoices went to two shell companies Gentz partially controlled for almost a decade. Gentz pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy.

(Information in the following story is from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Corpus Christi man is suing the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association for hundreds of millions of dollars because he says it improperly passed on costs to policyholders like him after 2008's Hurricane Ike. Ramiro Gamboa's lawsuit says Ike left the Texas coast with more in damages than the association had in reserves and the additional $600 million in losses should have been paid for by insurance companies that subsidize the group's coverage not by charging policyholders more.

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