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Posted: Jun 27, 2014 2:31 AM

Updated: Jun 27, 2014 2:31 AM

DALLAS (AP) The Texas Democratic Party hopes to prove at its state convention that its candidate slate can be enough to end the party's 20-year losing streak in statewide elections. The party hopes to impress independents and young voters with a "more inclusive" platform than the state GOP's. Texas Republicans approved a hard-line immigration stance and endorsed therapy to turn gay people straight at their convention.

WASHINGTON (AP) Military officials say a marine from New Braunfels has been killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Sergeant Thomas Spitzer died Wednesday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province.

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) The first lady of Honduras will tour South Texas immigration shelters to learn the plight of thousands of Hondurans who entered the United States illegally. Ana Garcia de Hernandez has met with McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. She is scheduled to visit several Border Patrol stations in the Rio Grande Valley today.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) The private art collection of Fort Worth philanthropists Nancy Lee and Perry Bass is scheduled for an exhibition next spring at the Kimbell Art Museum. The Basses collected numerous important works from 19th century impressionists to artists of the mid-20th century. Perry Bass was the nephew and heir of Fort Worth oil tycoon Sid Richardson.

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