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EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center says there is a risk of severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes in south Arkansas, north Louisiana, northeast Texas and west Mississippi. The center says storms expected in the region Wednesday could bring tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds, primarily during the afternoon hours to the more than 22,600 square mile area that includes more than 1.1 million people The storms could also move into west Tennessee and southeast Missouri.

DENVER (AP) - Deep snow is melting into Western mountain streams, but some farmers and ranchers on the high plains are struggling amid a lengthy dry spell and the aftermath of destructive wildfires. A swath of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas has been in a drought or near-drought condition for six months, putting some of the winter wheat crop in doubt. Officials say last month's wildfires killed more than 20,000 cattle and pigs across the four states.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Medical marijuana advocates are playing up support from non-traditional sources to push longshot legislation in Texas. Conservative Christian mothers of autistic children and military veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday, entreating the Legislature to advance two bills legalizing medicinal cannabis. Texas has long been suspicious of easing pot laws, but both groups said the plant could curb symptoms associated with autism and PTSD.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has authorized a late push in the Republican-controlled Legislature to ban genital mutilation in the country's largest conservative state. Republican Sen. Jane Nelson is sponsoring the measure, which has been co-signed by the other seven women in the state Senate. The deadline to file new bills has passed, but the Senate voted Tuesday to authorize the new bill and refer it to the powerful State Affairs Committee. The legislative session ends May 29.

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