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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lawmakers in Texas are getting ready to again scrutinize Governor Rick Perry's signature job-creating programs. A House committee will review funds in Perry's office that award hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars to private companies. Perry says the Texas Enterprise Fund and Emerging Technology Fund have brought jobs and fostered economic growth.

HOUSTON (AP) - Republican Greg Abbott says he would seek bonuses for high school teachers whose students perform well on college readiness exams as governor. Abbott called for paying teachers up to $2,000 a year extra if their students perform well on advanced placement tests. Texas consistently ranks near the bottom nationally in average teacher pay.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A group of Texas lawmakers considering whether to impeach University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall meets today to review a report on his efforts to oust Austin campus president Bill Powers. The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations is investigating Hall. Hall has led an effort by some regents to fire the leader of the flagship campus.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A drug smuggler whose campaign contributions led to the recent resignation and federal conviction of a South Texas sheriff has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and money-laundering charges. Tomas Reyes Gonzalez led a drug-trafficking organization that moved tons of marijuana and cocaine Reyes Gonzalez faces up to life in prison.

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