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Posted: Apr 6, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Apr 6, 2014 2:31 AM

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has told a gathering of Texas journalists that her plans to change the public education system would take the state in a new and needed direction. The Fort Worth State Senator made the remarks yesterday to the Associated Press Managing Editors annual meeting in South Padre Island.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Stronger vetting of prospective foster parents in Texas is likely following the beating deaths of two young foster children last year. The Dallas Morning News reports that new state rules expected to take effect in September include mandatory interviews with neighbors and additional family members.

HOUSTON (AP) Authorities say more than 200,000 pounds of oil-soaked sand and debris have been removed from Texas shorelines two weeks after a collision in the Houston Ship Channel. The U.S. Coast Guard reported yesterday that nearly 500 workers remain on clean-up duty following the March 22nd accident. Investigators say a collision between a ship and barge spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of oil.

WEST, Texas (AP) Construction of a new nursing home in West is underway after a deadly fertilizer plant blast last year destroyed the previous one in the small Texas town. The Waco Tribune Herald reports the facility is being built at a different site and will have 25 fewer beds than West Rest Haven, which was in the shadow of the West Fertilizer Company plant that exploded last April.

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