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LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of people have lit candles and said prayers in memory of a veteran nurse nearly a week after she was stabbed to death at an East Texas hospital. Family and friends gathered Monday night outside Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview to remember Gail Sandidge, who was fatally stabbed Nov. 26 in an attack that left four other people wounded. The suspect, Kyron Rayshawn Templeton, remains in custody on murder and aggravated assault charges.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jury selection is to continue today in the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer from Texas. Kurt Mix is charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. His federal trial is expected to last up to three weeks.

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - Dow Chemical wants to spin off or sell about 40 manufacturing plants as it moves away from cyclical commodity products. The Michigan-based company said Monday it expects the deals to happen within two years and said almost 2,000 workers will be affected. Facilities in Freeport, Texas, are among those that would be spun off or sold.

DALLAS (AP) - Federal officials are seeking a $325,000 penalty against Southwest Airlines Co. over a faulty repair job on an AirTran jet in 2011. The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday said the company operated a Boeing 717 on 1,140 flights after maintenance workers improperly installed a switch used to help prevent ice buildup. Dallas-based Southwest, which bought AirTran in 2011, has 30 days to respond.

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