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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The attorney Texas Governor Rick Perry hired amid a grand jury investigation into abuse of power allegations has a $450 hourly contract. A judge has seated a grand jury to look into allegations that Perry abused his power when he vetoed millions of dollars in funding for public corruption prosecutors last year.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has warned in a Texas speech that terrorists training in Syria may soon target Americans abroad and could try to strike on U.S. soil. The possible 2016 presidential candidate delivered a foreign policy speech in Austin. Trouble spots around the world, Rubio says, "eventually come for us."

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A judge has given a convicted pedophile who failed to register as a sex offender what amounts to a life sentence. Lloyd Gibson is 69 years old and a judge has sentenced him to 70 years. Prosecutors say Gibson's latest offense was for removing his ankle monitor and relocating from Fort Worth to Austin without telling authorities.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - University of Texas officials say they are plucking the maroon flowers that mysteriously appeared near the UT Tower in Austin. It's believed that pranksters from archrival Texas A&M planted the seeds for a variant of bluebonnet known as Alamo Fire.

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