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Posted: Jul 2, 2014 2:31 AM

Updated: Jul 2, 2014 2:31 AM

MISSION, Texas (AP) U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW'-skee) will highlight the dangers of illegal immigration by visiting a South Texas riverfront park that's a busy crossing point. Today's visit to Mission comes two days after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson delivered a similar message on a visit to McAllen.

HOUSTON (AP) An Oklahoma company that houses almost half of the worst sex offenders in Texas wants those inmates gone from three halfway houses the company runs. Avalon Correctional Services has given Texas until July 28th to remove about 60 offenders from houses in Fort Worth, Dallas and El Paso. Avalon cites an "intentional lack of communication, support and secretiveness" by the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) An aerial survey shows good rains in parts of the federally threatened lesser prairie chicken range have brought a 20 percent increase in the grouse's population from last year. The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies says there were more than 22,000 lesser prairie chickens in this year's survey. That's up from less than 19,000 last year.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The LBJ Presidential Library is marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. Experts and archivists at the Austin library are taking to Twitter today to re-enact President Lyndon B. Johnson's day as it unfolded 50 years ago. They'll tweet photos, videos and links to period documents and telephone conversations.

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