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Posted: Jul 3, 2014 2:32 AM

Updated: Jul 3, 2014 2:32 AM

LAREDO, Texas (AP) The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues his South Texas tour by discussing a new program aiming to protect those entering the country illegally from life-threatening injuries. CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW'-skee) will hold a news conference today in Laredo. He'll outline the South Texas Safety Initiative.

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) Governor Rick Perry will testify at a U.S. House Homeland Security Committee hearing about the humanitarian crisis from an overwhelming flood of unaccompanied child immigrants. Perry has criticized President Barack Obama's immigration policies that he says contributed to the problem. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended after entering the United States illegally since October.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Attorney General Greg Abbott says learning where dangerous chemicals are stored in Texas can be a challenge. The Republican nominee for governor has faced scrutiny since a May ruling by his office tightened public access to information about chemical stockpiles in their communities. He told reporters most people could still identify chemical facilities with a "drive around" their neighborhood.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Department of Transportation is shutting down its toll tag customer service and website tomorrow for an upgrade. TxDOT (teks'-daht) says the new and improved TxTag (teks'-tag) customer services will launch next Wednesday. The website will offer live chat support. A new mobile website will allow account management on the go.

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