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Posted: Jun 28, 2014 5:31 AM

Updated: Jun 28, 2014 5:31 AM

(Information in the following story is from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com)

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) A Texas couple is paying it forward, having mailed a surprise $1 million check to Southern Illinois University to establish a scholarship fund. Marsha and Gary Bertrand of Austin, Texas, sent the gift to the SIU Foundation. The donation will be invested, with those returns used for annual scholarships to middle-income undergraduate students from southern Illinois. Marsha Bertrand graduated in 1970 from SIU with a business degree and got a master's degree elsewhere.

DALLAS (AP) Texas Democratic hopeful Wendy Davis has torn into her Republican opponent verbally, poking fun at his frequently suing the federal government. Addressing the state Democratic Convention in Fort Worth late Friday, the candidate for governor told the delegates: "Don't clap too much or Greg Abbott will sue you."

DALLAS (AP) Democratic lieutenant governor hopeful Leticia Van de Putte has gone on the attack, saying her tea party-backed opponent wants to bring political bickering and "Washington D.C.-style finger pointing" to Texas. Addressing the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas last night, the San Antonio state senator had some of her harshest words yet for Republican state Senator Dan Patrick of Houston. She said Patrick repeatedly voted against programs to help entrepreneurs and veterans, as well as infrastructure projects backed by business groups.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) A small plane towing an advertising banner has made an emergency landing on a Texas freeway interchange after experiencing engine trouble. A Federal Aviation Administration statement says the single-engine Cessna landed in the Interstate 20-U.S. 287 interchange in Arlington in North Texas about 5 p.m. Friday. The pilot was able to walk away.

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