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SPUR, Texas (AP) - A weak tornado classified by the National Weather Service as EF-0 to EF-1 struck an apartment complex in southwestern Houston on Wednesday morning. The wind damaged carports, windows and roofs but caused no reported injuries. About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, damaging winds dropped a shipping container on a truck, injuring two people, at the Barbours Cut container port near LaPorte, about 20 miles east of Houston.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that ends voluntary payroll deductions of union dues from state and public employee paychecks. Sen. Joan Huffman, a Houston Republican, says the government shouldn't be in the business of collecting union dues, but the bill still allows payroll deductions for charities and for first-responder groups such as police and firefighters.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate voted to ban the use of red light cameras in traffic enforcement, tools that have been used to try to stop wrecks at busy intersections. Supporters of red light cameras say they help uphold the law and reduce crashes. Critics say they invade privacy, put the burden on drivers to prove their innocence and are used to raise cash for local governments. The Senate voted has twice voted in recent years to ban red light cameras but the measure has failed to pass the Texas House.

DALLAS (AP) - The deaths of three storm chasers in an auto accident in Texas have underscored the dangers of trying to document violent weather up close. Storm chasing has become a field crowded with both professionals and amateurs who race after tornadoes to collect meteorological data and hair-raising video. In 2013, three researchers died when a twister turned on them in Oklahoma.

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