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CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda that flooded parts of Texas left at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to Hurrica…

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Fred Stewart, left, is helped to high ground by Splendora Police officer Mike Jones after he was rescued from his flooded neighborhood as rains from Tropical Depression Imelda inundated the area, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Splendora, Texas.

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In this photo provided by the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, floodwaters surround a home, Thursday, Sept 19, 2019, in Winnie, Texas. The area has experienced heavy flooding due to Tropical Depression Imelda.

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Levi Kelley sits in Clint Tucker's boat after he was rescued by Tucker, who is a member of the Cajun Navy, after water trapped him in his his trailer, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Vidor, Texas, following flooding from Tropical Depression Imelda.

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Several cars were flooded along Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, due to Tropical Storm Imelda. The National Weather Service says Imelda is the seventh-wettest tropical cyclone to strike the 48 contiguous United States on record.

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Jerran Pearson, left, and Ryan Bettencourt and his dog, Chief, are rescued by boat from their neighborhood flooded due to heavy rain spawned by Tropical Depression Imelda on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Patton Village, Texas.

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Jade McLain carries Thor out of a boat as she and Fred Stewart were rescued from their flooded neighborhood inundated by rains from Tropical Depression Imelda by Splendora Police officers on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Spendora, Texas.

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Jim Dunagan moves his cattle to higher ground as remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda flood parts of Southeast Texas, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, near Nome, Texas. Dunagan said his cattle were standing in water up to their stomachs before he and another man moved them to another pasture. He …

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Dwain Kaufman, right, waits for his wife as she is helped into the back of a family member's truck by Beaumont firefighters and members of the Texas National Guard on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Beaumont, Texas. The remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda unleashed torrential rains in parts of Te…

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A man sits on top of a truck on a flooded road, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Houston. Members of the Houston Fire Dept. brought him a life jacket and walked him to dry land. Throughout Texas and Louisiana, the remains of Tropical Depression Imelda kept bringing rains and flooding.

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Men stand on a tree felled by Hurricane Humberto, on Pitts Bay Road in Hamilton, Bermuda, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Humberto blew off rooftops, toppled trees and knocked out power but officials said Thursday that the Category 3 storm caused no reported deaths.

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A man uses a powered saw to cut away a felled tree blocking Harrington Sound Road in the aftermath of Hurricane Humberto, in the Smiths parish of Bermuda, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Humberto blew off rooftops, toppled trees and knocked out power but officials said Thursday that the Category 3…

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A city worker directs traffic away from trees felled by Hurricane Humberto, in the Devonshire parish of Bermuda, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Humberto blew off rooftops, toppled trees and knocked out power but officials said Thursday that the Category 3 storm caused no reported deaths.

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Splendora Police officer Mike Jones carries Ramiro Lopez Jr.'s dog, Panthea, from a boat after the officers rescued the family from their flooded neighborhood as rains from Tropical Depression Imelda inundated the area, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Splendora, Texas.

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In this photo provided by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, a family is rescued via fan boat by a member of the department from the flood waters of Tropical Depression Imelda near Beaumont, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.

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Tiffany Loden, left, holds her son, Braxton, as she and Linda Anson stand at the edge of their flooded neighborhood inundated by rains from Tropical Depression Imelda on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Spendora. Her house, where she has lived for just two weeks, is the one with the white roof.

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Splendora Police officers Lt. Troy Teller, left, and Cpl. Jacob Rutherford guide a boat carrying Maria, Ramiro, Jr., Ramiro and and Veronica Lopez from their flooded neighborhood inundated by rains from Tropical Depression Imelda inundates the area on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Spendora, Texas.

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CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Owners pulled boats from the water and hauled them away on trailers, while shopkeepers put plywood over windows and doors as Hurricane Lorena bore down on Mexico's resort-studded Los Cabos area.

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Officials in Houston and surrounding communities say Houston and the surrounding communities could get more heavy rain from Tropical Depression Imelda on Thursday. The storm's remnants spawned several weak tornadoes on Wednesday.

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Traffic moves slowly along the Interstate 10 feeder road Thursday, Sept, 19, 2019, after Tropical Storm Imelda hit Southeast Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott has declared 13 counties disaster areas after heavy rain and flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda swamped parts of Southeast Texas.

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Daniel Collins, front, and Andrew Dominguez paddle their kayak down a flooded 23rd Street near The Strand in Galveston, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, as rains from Tropical Depression Imelda inundated the island.

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CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda flooded parts of Texas on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons…

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Edward Buck appears in Los Angeles Superior Court, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. The prominent LGBTQ political activist was arrested on Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house and providing methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who overdosed on Sept. 11, but survived, offi…

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Edward Buck appears in Los Angeles Superior Court, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. The prominent LGBTQ political activist was arrested on Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house and providing methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who overdosed on Sept. 11, but survived, offi…

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Edward Buck appears in Los Angeles Superior Court, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. The prominent LGBTQ political activist was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house and providing methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who overdosed on Sept. 11, but survived, officia…

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Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, at podium, is joined by deputy special agent in charge of the DEA's Los Angeles division, William Bodner, second from right, and U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna, far right, during a news conference about the arrest of Ed Buck the prominent LGBTQ p…

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U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna, from left, at podium, with Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Chief-Detective Division Lt. Pat Nelson, and Homicide Bureau Capt. Kent Wegener listen to questions at a news conference about the arrest of Ed Buck, the prominen…

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FILE - This Jan. 8, 2019 file photo shows the building housing the apartment of Ed Buck in West Hollywood, Calif., following the death of a man the previous day. The prominent LGBTQ political activist was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 and charged with operating a drug house and providing …

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U.S. prosecutors charged political activist Ed Buck with a deadly drug overdose at his Los Angeles-area home, releasing a criminal complaint that detailed allegations he injected men with meth against their wishes during sexual encounters.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gemmel Moore had moved back home with his mother in Texas two years ago and was missing Los Angeles when he texted a photo of syringe in an arm to a wealthy gay man he knew in California.

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Splendora Police Lt. Troy Teller, left, Cpl. Jacob Rutherford and Mike Jones pull a boat carrying Anita McFadden and Fred Stewart from their flooded neighborhood inundated by rain from Tropical Depression Imelda on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Spendora, Texas.

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Terry Spencer carries his daughter, Trinity, through high water on 59th Street near Stewart Road in Galveston, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, as heavy rain from Tropical Depression Imelda caused street flooding on the island.

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Trucks drive down Carancahua Street to enter neighborhoods in Sargent, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Imelda has deluged parts of Southeast Texas with nearly 20 inches of rain, but officials in Houston and surrounding communities said Wednesday that so far there have been no severe impact…

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According to Matagorda County Constable Bill Orton, Sargent received 22 inches of rain since Imelda started impacted the area on Tuesday. Photographed from above Sargent, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

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The hull of a boat is tipped over in Sargent, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. According to Matagorda County Constable Bill Orton, the area received 22 inches of rain since Imelda started impacting the area Tuesday.

AUSTIN — Whether you’re in need of notebooks, rulers or running shoes, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and other items during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A statewide dust-up between the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and the leader of a hard-right political group left at least two East Texas lawmakers scratching their heads as they tried to learn whether — and why — the House leader would target their neighbor, state Rep. Travis Clardy.

The parents of three Boy Scouts electrocuted at an East Texas lake in 2017 were celebrating news Monday that regulations were coming to help prevent a similar occurrence again.

A controversial elections bill that would raise penalties for certain election-related offenses and establish tighter rules for assisting disabled, elderly or absentee voters is set for a public hearing and vote this week in a Texas House committee.

Three months after first questioning the citizenship status of almost 100,000 registered voters, the Texas secretary of state has agreed to end a review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens that was flawed from the start.

Blasting the Senate for taking a symbolic approach on school district taxes, a panel of House lawmakers heavily altered then approved the upper chamber’s version of priority property tax legislation late Thursday. And committee members pointedly included a provision meant to rebut claims tha…

This week we passed the 100-day point of the 86th legislative session. From here on in, it is a mad dash until May 27, when the Legislature adjourns “sine die” or without a day. The days, hearings and debates get longer as more and more legislation comes before the House. In fact, Wednesday,…

Less than seven months into the fiscal year, the number of undocumented immigrants who have been apprehended or turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley has already surpassed last year’s total, the agency said Monday.

After facing unexpected friction in Texas’ Republican-dominated legislature, a pair of bills to override local rules mandating paid sick leave and standardize employment practices across the state passed the Senate on Thursday over the objections of LGBTQ advocates who have warned the bills …

Texas’ top three political leaders — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen — threw their support Wednesday behind a proposal to increase the sales tax by one percentage point in order to lower property taxes across the state.

The Texas Senate on Tuesday approved a two-year, $248 billion spending plan that includes $2.7 billion for a nebulous goal of property tax “relief” — but with seven weeks left in the 2019 legislative session, the upper chamber has yet to rally behind a way to spend those funds.

It was a monumental week in the Texas House of Representatives last week. The House overwhelmingly passed HB 3 that invests $9 billion in Texas classrooms to boost student achievement, support teacher quality, reduce recapture and provide property tax relief.

Texas business leaders who helped draft legislation banning cities from implementing employment benefit ordinances now fear those measures might be imperiled after a bill they thought was a slam dunk became ensnared in a fight over protections for LGBTQ workers.

Dallas-Houston bullet train developer Texas Central Partners LLC said its project could be delayed by a provision added to the Texas Senate’s proposed 2020-21 budget Wednesday, even though the company is not planning on using state funds to build the high-speed rail line. The company said la…

After more than three hours of discussion, the Texas House nearly unanimously passed a comprehensive bill to reform the way schools are funded and slow the growth of property tax bills.

A panel of budget writers on Wednesday advanced the Texas Senate’s two-year, $248 billion spending plan that includes a boost for public schools and a cut to Medicaid, setting the stage for negotiations with the House.

Just after midnight late Wednesday evening, or more accurately, early Thursday morning, the House unanimously passed HB 1, the state budget. I am proud to support the House’s version of the budget which makes a historic investment in our public schools, adding a whopping $9 billion for our t…