Texas news minute

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A drill and a dog have helped officers at a Texas border crossing find almost 30 pounds of cocaine with a street value of nearly $1 million. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say a drug-sniffing dog alerted authorities to a pickup truck entering El Paso from Mexico. Officers drilled into the vehicle and recovered a white powder that tested positive for cocaine. Authorities detained the 19-year-old driver from El Paso on federal drug-smuggling charges.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas troopers have helped rescue 39 missing or sexually exploited children in trafficking-related investigations during 2013. The Texas Department of Public Safety on Wednesday cited the agency's interdiction program that was launched in 2009. DPS says the program has led to the recovery of more than 100 missing and endangered children since 2010. More than 30 suspects were arrested.

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - The punishment phase is set to begin in the trial of a West Texas woman convicted in the starvation death of her 22-month-old daughter. The punishment phase is expected to start Thursday morning in the trial of 23-year-old Tiffany Klapheke (kla-PEEK'). She faces up to life in prison after being found guilty Wednesday of injury to a child in the 2012 death of Tamryn Klapheke.

DALLAS (AP) - A 16-year-old North Texas girl who last month plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in an Oklahoma skydiving accident is set to speak at a news conference at a Dallas hospital. On Thursday morning, Makenzie Wethington is set to make her first media appearance since the Jan. 25 accident. Her doctor at the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation said last week that Wethington was walking with assistance and is expected to fully recover.

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