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Posted: Jul 1, 2014 2:32 AM

Updated: Jul 1, 2014 2:32 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Plans to ramp up patrols along the Texas-Mexico border at a potential cost of $1.3 million a week are getting new attention in the Capitol. Texas Department of Public Safety officials will testify today about border operations before the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. The hearing comes after Governor Rick Perry authorized additional spending for an "operational surge."

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The 100,000-member association of University of Texas alumni has named former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as its new president. The Texas Ex-Students' Association named the former UT cheerleader to the unpaid position. The Texas Republican will need her political skills to manage the strange relations between the university administration and alumni and the UT System Board of Regents.

DALLAS (AP) The downtown Dallas hotel that was the first built by famed hotelier Conrad Hilton is scheduled to get a makeover. The 89-year-old Hotel Indigo will receive a "large scale renovation" by Pickard Design Studio. The 14-story hotel opened in 1925 as the Hilton Hotel. Pickard says it plans to restore some of the hotel's original features and ornamentation.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Newly expanded boating rules to fight the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species statewide are now in effect. The rules were proposed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. They require boaters on lakes and rivers statewide to drain watercraft to eliminate the spread of the pests.

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