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Posted: Apr 13, 2014 5:30 AM

Updated: Apr 13, 2014 5:31 AM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) The highest beef prices since 1987 are hitting the pocketbooks of home cooks and restaurant owners. A dwindling number of cattle and growing export demand have tightened the supply and caused the average retail cost of fresh beef to climb to $5.28 a pound in February 24 cents higher than January.

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is calling for pre-kindergarten for all Texas youngsters fresh off a much-publicized chat with President Barack Obama. The state senator from Fort Worth appeared with Leticia Van de Putte, a fellow state senator and Democratic lieutenant governor hopeful, at the Texas State Teachers Association convention in San Marcos yesterday.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future. The Texas senator a possible 2016 presidential candidate spoke before a group of conservatives in New Hampshire on Saturday. Cruz compared the hardships his father faced as a teenage immigrant from Cuba with the difficulties today's young people have finding a job.

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is backing his public address announcer after the team had to pay a $25,000 fine because the announcer criticized referee Danny Crawford on Twitter after a recent game. Cuban said yesterday he would be "hypocritical" if he disciplined announcer Sean Heath when his job is to get the crowd riled up the same way Cuban does at times during games.

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