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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A group of Texas lawmakers will meet today to review a report on University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall's efforts to oust Austin campus president Bill Powers. Hall has led an effort by some regents to fire the leader of the flagship campus. Powers has resisted efforts to push him out with strong support from prominent alumni, faculty and students.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lawmakers will meet today to scrutinize Governor Rick Perry's job-creating programs. The popularity of the programs has waned among some Texas Republicans. Attorney General Greg Abbott has signaled unease with what he says amounts to the state picking winners and losers.

HOUSTON (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says he'd seek bonuses for high school teachers whose students perform well on college readiness exams. Abbott unveiled the second part of his education platform at a Houston high school. He's also calling for individual school campuses to receive A through F ratings.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A man who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press has died at 84. Robert Heard was one of the people shot in the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings while covering the rampage for the AP. He also had a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football.

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