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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Mexican laborer Adan Lalravega says he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride. Instead, he and his friends climbed into a pitch-black, metal tractor-trailer compartment with no ventilation. He told The Associated Press exclusively from a San Antonio hospital bed Monday that he heard crying and people asking for water. He says he was sweating and lost consciousness. He woke up in the hospital.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police are searching for a car they say was stolen in connection with the shooting death of a man in Little Rock this month. Officer Steve Moore says in a news release Monday that police are searching for a black, 2006 Mercedes E-350 with a Texas license plate and owned by 19-year-old shooting victim Samuel "Chris" Moore. The suspects aren't identified, but police say the occupants of the car should be considered armed and dangerous. Police say Moore recently moved to Little Rock from Houston.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Guatemala's Foreign Ministry says one of its citizens is among the 10 migrants who died after being trapped in a packed tractor-trailer in the broiling Texas heat. Ministry spokesman Tekandi Paniagua says the man was Frank Guisseppe Fuentes Gonzales, a 20-year-old from Guatemala City. Two other Guatemalans, ages 17 and 23, survived and were said to be in stable condition. The tractor-trailer was outside a Walmart in San Antonio. The people were discovered inside early Sunday.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved a bill offering taxpayer-funded vouchers that allow some special education students to leave public schools for private alternatives. Supporters say only about 30,000 students would qualify. Those opposed worry that it will open the door to broader voucher plans. The Senate has for years backed vouchers only to have them soundly defeated in the House. There, Democrats and rural Republicans oppose any plans they say hurt traditional public schools.

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