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Posted: Apr 2, 2014 4:06 PM

Updated: Apr 2, 2014 4:07 PM

HOUSTON (AP) The Texas attorney general's office tells an appeals court that a federal judge improperly halted the scheduled executions of two inmates until prison officials disclose details on the supplier of a new batch of lethal injection drugs. The state asked the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today to reverse U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore's order.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Republican Greg Abbott is defending citing controversial conservative scholar Charles Murray in his education plan following attacks by Democrat Wendy Davis in the Texas governor's race. Murray is a best-selling author who currently works for the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank in Washington D.C.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Potential GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz says "religious liberty has never been more under attack" than today. And he is urging students at the nation's largest Christian university to defend the rights of believers. The Texas Republican senator today told students at Virginia's Liberty University that they have a responsibility and ability to push back against President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) The U.S. Attorney's office says a South Texas mayor has pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges for his role in a pay-to-play contracting scheme. Progreso Mayor Omar Leonel Vela, his younger brother and their father were all charged in August with taking bribes and kickbacks from companies that provided services to the city and its schools.

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