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Posted: Jun 24, 2014 2:31 AM

Updated: Jun 24, 2014 2:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) An outside judge has ruled that a colleague can keep presiding over Texas' long-running school finance trial. San Antonio-based David Peeples ruled that fellow state District Judge John Dietz won't be removed from a case that began in 2012. Texas asked Dietz to recuse himself because of what it called favoritism in emails he exchanged with attorneys representing school districts suing the state.

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) State and federal climatologists are hosting a public forum to discuss the persistent drought that has afflicted the Southern Plains states since 2011. Today's forum in Wichita Falls will focus on the city's stage 5 catastrophic drought conditions. Discussions will include financial resources available for suffering residents in the Red River Valley near the border between Texas and Oklahoma.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) A Galveston man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting more than $385,000 in retirement benefits intended for a person who died in 2003. John Davis pleaded guilty to embezzlement and theft of federal government benefits. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A federal judge has thrown out an Austin ordinance requiring pregnancy resource centers to post signs announcing they do not offer medical care. The centers are religiously-based organizations that do not offer abortions or refer women to abortion providers. U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel says the requirement is unconstitutionally vague and violates the centers' guarantee of due process.

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