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Posted: Apr 8, 2014 6:00 AM

Updated: Apr 8, 2014 6:01 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Thousands of homes and businesses in Central Texas have lost electricity after thunderstorms rolled through the area. Austin Energy reported about 1,700 customers still without power following the bad weather. Austin-area storms brought down branches and caused some scaffolding to collapse at a construction site yesterday.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) At least nine vehicles have been set on fire in a North Texas neighborhood. Fort Worth police are searching for suspects in the weekend arson cases. Fort Worth firefighters early Saturday responded to reports of multiple vehicles on fire along streets in the Ryan Place neighborhood. Investigators say all nine fires were intentionally set.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A man who complained about alleged slow service at a Denny's in South Texas must serve eight years in prison for starting the restaurant's Christmas tree on fire. Christopher Maddocks in February pleaded no contest to felony arson. He was also ordered to pay nearly $222,000 in restitution over the December 2012 fire that severely damaged the San Antonio restaurant.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Mexican-American studies course could be added as a high school elective in Texas. Proponents say the move would give students a deeper understanding of their state. Critics dismiss the proposal as an attempt to inject progressive politics into the classroom.

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