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DALLAS (AP) - Texas is appealing a judge's order that the state make sweeping changes to its foster care system. The state quickly appealed Friday after U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack issued a final scathing order, two years after she found the foster care system unconstitutionally broke. She says the overhaul must include improvements in record keeping, caseworker visits and where children are placed. The changes were based on recommendations from experts appointed by the judge.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas is again observing Confederate Heroes Day as a state holiday after recent failed attempts to change the name and avoid occasional calendar conflicts with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Friday marks the 25th anniversary of Texas observing the holiday. It comes following heightened protests and criticisms in Texas and across the country over Confederate symbols.

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge overseeing a child trafficking trial recused himself after interrupting jury deliberations to push for an acquittal. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reported the jury nonetheless returned a guilty verdict last week despite state District Judge Jack Robison intervening. The newspaper reported that Robison apparently entered the jury room after the court learned that a verdict had been reached.

RATON, N.M. (AP) - A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board says investigators are reviewing aircraft maintenance records and flying conditions as they examine the charred wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in a remote area of New Mexico. Investigators pushed forward Friday in searching for clues after the helicopter carrying a group of prominent friends went down two days earlier east of Raton.

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