Texas news minute

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democrats in the Texas House have blasted a Republican proposal to reduce the number of early voting days from 12 to seven in Texas. Supporters said it was hard to get volunteers to monitor the polls for all 12 days. But opponents said it was simply an effort to suppress voter turnout.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas lawmakers are considering new legal protections for sexually active gay teens. Laws governing crimes of indecency with a child cover sexual contact with minors under the age of 17. The law also includes a defense if the couple is older than 14, within three years of each other and of the "opposite sex." Bills scheduled for public hearings tomorrow seek to give gay teens the same protection.

HOUSTON (AP) - Federal authorities have ordered a Houston-based food producer to cease operations until it improves products possibly contaminated by "filth." The federal Food and Drug Administration found that shrimp egg rolls may have been "injurious to health." Chung's cannot process, prepare, package or distribute food until improvements are made.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - At least a dozen lab testing deficiencies at a Central Texas hospital have resulted in patients having to wait up to five hours for results. Several patients also underwent procedures they didn't need. Lakeway Regional Medical Center CEO David Kreye says the reviews were done "exactly right," just not properly documented.

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