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Posted: Jul 7, 2014 2:16 PM

Updated: Jul 7, 2014 2:16 PM

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) State child welfare officials are halting placement of foster children by Austin-based Providence Kids after two young siblings drowned yesterday. The Department of Family and Protective Services says a 4-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister pulled from Lake Georgetown had been in their foster home since last year.

DALLAS (AP) Jury selection has started in Dallas for a hearing to determine if a man whose 1987 death sentence has been reversed is mentally competent to possibly be returned to death row. Kenneth Dewayne Thomas was convicted of fatally stabbing Mildred Finch dozens of times. Her civil rights activist husband, Fred, was killed similarly during the burglary of their home.

DALLAS (AP) A prosecutor who tried a Texas death row inmate who was later exonerated faces a state bar hearing that could result in the loss of his law license. Attorneys for former inmate Anthony Graves say the State Bar of Texas had found "just cause" against former Burleson County district attorney Charles Sebesta. A federal appeals court found prosecutors had withheld evidence and allowed false testimony.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Embattled University of Texas President Bill Powers says he's willing to make a "graceful" exit in 2015 instead of the abrupt departure demanded by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. He has told Powers to resign or risk being fired by the Board of Regents at its Thursday meeting. Powers has clashed with Governor Rick Perry and some regents over issues such as tuition and research.

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