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DALLAS (AP) - Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke are holding their first debate as a Texas Senate race that once looked like it would be a cakewalk for the conservative incumbent now appears to be anything but one. O'Rourke is giving up his El Paso-based U.S. House seat to challenge Cruz. The Democrats haven't won a Texas statewide office since 1994, but polls show that the ex-punk rocker O'Rourke is staying close to Cruz. A strong O'Rourke showing in Friday night's debate would turn more heads.

DALLAS (AP) - Court documents show search warrants have been issued for video from addresses near the apartment complex where a white Dallas police officer killed her black neighbor inside his own residence earlier this month. The search warrants obtained by The Associated Press on Friday are tied to the slaying of 26-year-old Botham Jean, who was fatally shot inside his apartment on Sept. 6 by off-duty Dallas officer Amber Guyger. She told investigators she mistook Jean's apartment for her own.

DALLAS (AP) - A rural Texas town council has approved plans for a Muslim cemetery, three years after the project was met with derision and claims it could be a precursor to a mosque or an extremist training center. The Farmersville City Council on Thursday authorized the Islamic Association of Collin County's plans. City spokesman Mike Sullivan said Friday that says the council's approval halts a potential discrimination lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice.

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Friends and family have gathered for funerals in Laredo, Texas, for two of the women authorities say were killed by a Border Patrol agent who has been described as a serial killer. Funerals were held Friday for 42-year-old Claudine Luera and 28-year-old Janelle Ortiz, a transgender woman whose birth name was Humberto Ortiz. Authorities say Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz is accused of killing four women this month.

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