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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The head of the Texas Democratic Party is urging voters not to support one of the candidates on his party's primary ballot. Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa (ee-noh-HOH'-sah) says Activist Kesha Rogers' candidacy an insult, noting she has "paraded around Texas with a poster of the president with a Hitler mustache" and "advocated for colonizing Mars."

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Attorneys for a West Texas man convicted of two murders wants a judge to suppress the confession he made after his 1993 arrest. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in December overturned the convictions of Daniel Villegas (vee-YAY'-gas). Villegas was sentenced in 1995 to life in prison in the deaths of two teenagers during a drive-by shooting in El Paso.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sentencing for a former BP engineer found guilty of obstructing justice in the government's investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been pushed back while his lawyers fight the conviction. Kurt Mix was had been set for sentencing in late March, but the date was recently pushed back to April 23.

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WESLACO, Texas (AP) - Four top officials of a South Texas city and a former top official spent the afternoon in jail after they were charged with violating the state Open Meetings Act. Mayor Pro Tem John Cuellar, commissioners David Fox, Jerry Tafolla and Lupe Rivera and ex-commissioner Joe Martinez were released from the Hidalgo County Jail in Edinburg on their own recognizance about two hours later. Each face up to six months in jail and up to $500 in fines if convicted.

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