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Posted: Apr 20, 2014 5:30 AM

Updated: Apr 20, 2014 5:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Efforts to implement a statewide texting while driving ban in Texas are likely to resurface next year no matter who replaces Governor Rick Perry. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that the two candidates vying to replace Perry have taken opposite views on the issue. Republican Greg Abbott is against what his campaign calls additional government mandates. Aides to Democrat Wendy Davis point out that she co-authored a ban bill in the Texas Senate.

HOUSTON (AP) A Texas-based group of volunteers involved in searches for missing persons around the nation has run afoul of federal aviation authorities for using drones in their work. A fleet of four unmanned aircraft used by Texas EquuSearch has been grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration until the agency develops rules that allow for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft.

El PASO, Texas (AP) Texas education officials want to repeal state certifications of 11 administrators linked to an El Paso classroom cheating scandal. The El Paso Times reported yesterday that it marks the first time the state has tried holding individual employees accountable for rampant cheating in the district from 2007 to 2010.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Charlie Strong era began at Texas with a shaky performance at quarterback. With starter David Ash injured, Tyrone Swoopes struggled to command the first-team offense in Saturday's annual spring scrimmage. Swoopes took every snap with the starters but started just 4 of 18 passing against UT's second-team defense.

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