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HOUSTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of Texas students had Tuesday off after frigid temperatures and icy roads made travel hazardous and sent scores of homeless people to shelters. The Houston Independent School District canceled classes through Wednesday due to wintry weather. It's the state's largest district with about 215,000 students. School districts in Houston, Galveston and Beaumont will remain closed, as will Tyler schools and numerous other rural and small-town school systems in East Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has a campaign war chest of $5.7-plus million as he seeks re-election. Paxton campaign's announced Tuesday that the Republican raised nearly $775,000 through the end of 2017. Paxton faces no opposition in the GOP primary March 6 and is heavily favored in November's general election. His Democratic opponent, Houston lawyer Justin Nelson, previously announced raising about $900,000 through the end of last year, including $500,000 in personal funds.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from the Texas Democratic Party charging that the state's electoral maps were illegally gerrymandered. The nation's highest court said Tuesday that it lacked jurisdiction to consider the complaint. Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Texas' appeal to preserve two congressional districts and statehouse districts affecting four counties that a lower court previously struck down as racially discriminatory.

ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing two people as he drunkenly shot at vehicles while driving along a freeway in Oklahoma. A prosecutor says 38-year-old Jeremy Doss Hardy of Pasadena pleaded guilty Tuesday before jury selection was to begin for his trial on two counts of first-degree murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and other offenses. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty.

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