Texas News Minute

Here is an update on the news around Texas from the Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Wintry weather in parts of Texas has affected when some voters can cast ballots on primary election day. The National Weather Service put the Austin and Houston areas under winter storm warnings this morning amid the threat of freezing rain. The secretary of state's office will allow Texas counties in bad weather areas to keep polling sites open later than the usual 7 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst faces the election of his career today. His opponents argue Dewhurst isn't conservative enough. Houston Sen. Dan Patrick says he's a Christian first and a conservative second. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says the party needs to be more than the party of "no." Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has made border security his hallmark issue.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - One of the biggest turnovers in Texas government history has begun. Six of Texas' top offices lack an incumbent for Tuesday's election. Democrats are running mostly unopposed in their primaries. But the Republican races are crowded for attorney general, comptroller and commissioners for agriculture and railroads.

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Two men face up to life in prison and possible $10 million fines for helping recruit drivers and couriers in a Texas drug trafficking ring. Edgar Loera and Miguel Angel Vives-Macias were convicted of conspiracy to import and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and other charges. Prosecutors say 10 other people pleaded guilty in the conspiracy since 2011.

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