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Posted: May 22, 2014 3:46 PM

Updated: May 22, 2014 3:46 PM

DALLAS (AP) Several Texas superintendents are publicly criticizing the state's standardized testing system in advance of the upcoming release of score results. Paul Jones, superintendent of the Paris school district in Northeast Texas, says in a recent letter to parents that the tests known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness are "punitive." The Dallas Morning News reports he criticizes STAAR as a "one-size-fits-all" system.

DALLAS (AP) The Boy Scouts of America has formally confirmed former Defense Secretary Robert Gates as its new president. The group's national council voted to approve Gates for the volunteer role today at the organization's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Gates formerly served as president of Texas A and M University.

WASHINGTON (AP) Dallas is among the front runners to host the next Republican National Convention. Dallas is believed to be a major player in the competition, in part because of its coalition of wealthy donors with ties to the Bush family and the oil industry. GOP officials said today Las Vegas and Cincinnati are no longer being considered for the 2016 event.

DALLAS (AP) Dallas police say they're searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man and wounding of three others outside a tire store. Investigators are looking for a 35-year-old man they say is a person of interest in the shooting Wednesday evening that killed 29-year-old William Hill.

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