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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Texas news at 5:30 p.m. CDT.

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NEW AND UPDATED THIS DIGEST:

— Texas Governor-Republicans.

— XGR--Abortion Restrictions-Texas.

— XGR--Capitol Security.

— Fort Hood Shooting.

— North Texas-Deadly Wreck.

— Meat Labeling Lawsuit.

— Michelle Obama-Kids Dinner.

— Kansas-Hunting Camp.

— People-Randy Travis.

— Texas Fugitive-Drugs.

— Fort Worth-Slayings.

— Plant Explosion-Appeal.

— American Airlines-Traffic.

TEXAS GOVERNOR-REPUBLICANS

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appears to be in no hurry to declare his candidacy for governor, even after amassing a huge campaign war chest and a sense of inevitability among conservatives who are confident he'd cruise to election. By Will Weissert.

AP Photos.

With:

— GOVERNOR'S RACE-PAUKEN — Texas' only officially declared 2014 gubernatorial candidate says he needs $2-plus million to viably compete in the GOP primary.

XGR-ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House on Tuesday debated tough new abortion restrictions prior to taking part in a planned vote on the measure, as national activists on both sides of the issue descended on the Capitol building. By Chris Tomlinson.

AP Photos.

XGR--CAPITOL SECURITY

AUSTIN, Texas — Security at the Texas Capitol has "at least doubled" to handle crowds after an outburst last month in the Senate chamber shut down a deadline vote on an abortion restrictions bill, a state senator said Tuesday. By Jim Vertuno.

FORT HOOD SHOOTING

FORT HOOD, Texas — Six Army officers have been dismissed as potential jurors on the first day of jury selection in the murder trial of the Fort Hood shooting suspect. The first group of 20 potential jurors in Maj. Nidal Hasan's court-martial arrived Tuesday afternoon from Army posts nationwide. Hasan faces execution or life without parole if convicted in the 2009 rampage that killed 13 and wounded nearly three dozen on the Texas Army post. By Angela K. Brown.

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PEOPLE-RANDY TRAVIS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Randy Travis remained in critical condition Tuesday in a Texas hospital after doctors inserted a device to stabilize his weakened heart. Travis' publicist, Kirt Webster, said in a news release Tuesday that the singer underwent the procedure after checking into the hospital Sunday with viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a virus. By Music Writer Chris Talbott.

AP File Photo.

NORTH TEXAS-DEADLY WRECK

FORT WORTH, Texas — Authorities say a 16-year-old driving a pickup truck that caused a horrific North Texas crash that killed four people had been drinking beforehand. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson on Tuesday updated the investigation into the mid-June crash south of Fort Worth. He says the 16-year-old will likely be charged as a juvenile. The crash killed the driver of a disabled SUV on the side of the road and three people who had stopped to help her. By Uriel J. Garcia.

MEAT LABELING LAWSUIT

DES MOINES, Iowa — Requiring meat labels to have more details about a product's origins is too costly and serves no public health or safety benefit, industry groups said Tuesday in announcing a lawsuit against U.S. Department of Agriculture over new labeling rules. The groups say about 4 to 7 percent of beef and pork consumed in the United States comes from other countries. In some areas, including Texas and New Mexico, as much as half of the livestock used for meat could be imported. By David Pitt.

AP photo.

MICHELLE OBAMA-KIDS DINNER

WASHINGTON — Brynna Robert of Louisiana found out about and entered a White House contest for kid chefs on deadline day. Wisconsin's Liam Kivirist studied more than 1,000 entries from the previous year's competition before stirring up his own creation. Devanshi Udeshi of Texas submitted a healthier version of her all-time favorite thing to eat. By Darlene Superville.

AP photos, video.

ARMSTRONG-LAWSUIT

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas judge has refused Lance Armstrong's request to dismiss an insurance company's lawsuit seeking $3 million in bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001, and an attorney for the company said Tuesday he'll move quickly to question the cyclist under oath. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holdings had a contract with Armstrong to pay bonuses for winning the Tour de France and other races. The company sued to recover its money after Armstrong admitted in January that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour every year from 1999-2005. By Jim Vertuno.

AP Photos.

GULF OIL SPILL-WILDLIFE TOURISM

NEW ORLEANS — A new study says wildlife tourism is a $19 billion industry along the Gulf Coast and urges states to focus spending of settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill on restoring sensitive areas that keep guides, hotels and others in business. The study, commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Walton Family Foundation and released Tuesday, draws largely on data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and parish/county tourism bureaus. By Janet Mcconnaughey.

KANSAS-HUNTING CAMP

WICHITA, Kan. — A federal judge on Tuesday set a resentencing date in the case of two Texas brothers who ran a hunting camp in Kansas where hunters paid thousands of dollars to illegally shoot deer. By Roxana Hegeman.

SPACE STATION

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two spacewalking astronauts tackled a backlog of outdoor work at the International Space Station on Tuesday. It was the first spacewalk for Italy — a major contributor to the orbiting lab — as Luca Parmitano floated out. He was accompanied by American Christopher Cassidy, a veteran spacewalker. By Marcia Dunn.

AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-ROWLETT-POLICE CAMP

ROWLETT, Texas — On the first day, they went to jail. On the second, they sat in the squad car. And on day three, as they picked up fingerprints off a window, it was beginning to look a lot like CSI: Rowlett. This was not your average day camp. The Dallas Morning News reports school resource officers from the Rowlett Police Department began their first youth police academy June 24. By Eden Stiffman, The Dallas Morning News.

AP Member Photos.

Also:

— TEXAS FUGITIVE-DRUGS — A Cuban who fled Texas in 2003 following his drug-smuggling arrest then turned up last fall bound in a vehicle faces up to 40 years in prison.

— FORT WORTH-SLAYINGS — Court documents reveal a North Texas man accused of fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend and two others later walked into a police department and asked officers to kill him.

— PLANT EXPLOSION-APPEAL — Gov. Rick Perry is asking federal officials to reconsider their denial of major disaster aid to the Texas town stricken by a deadly fertilizer blast.

— RETALIATION KILLING — Federal prosecutors say three men have been arrested for the retaliation killing of a South Texas man thought to have stolen cocaine from the Gulf Cartel.

— FATAL TRAILER FIRE — A mobile home fire in West Texas that killed a woman and two of her children has claimed the life of a third youngster.

— DOG DEATH-HOT CAR — A woman has been charged with animal cruelty when her dog died after being left in her closed car during a Central Texas shopping trip.

— COURTS WORKER-SOLICITATION — A Houston-area courts worker who allegedly tried to lure someone he thought was a 16-year-old boy to the government building for sex has been arrested.

— DALLAS SKYSCRAPER-REMODEL — The tallest skyscraper in downtown Dallas no longer has its famous green outline.

— EL PASO-NEW BISHOP — The new Roman Catholic bishop for 10 counties in West Texas says he feels ready to serve. Bishop Mark J. Seitz will be installed Tuesday night to lead the El Paso-based diocese.

— SAILOR OVERBOARD — The Navy has identified a sailor from Texas who died after he fell overboard at Naval Station Norfolk.

— HOUSTON ZOO-GOOGLE GLASS — Visitors to the Houston Zoo will get a new view thanks to a wearable computer gadget.

— CAPTIVE BEARS — Eleven bears from a now-closed North Carolina animal park have a new home in Texas.

— INEBRIATED PASSENGER KILLED — West Texas authorities say the inebriated passenger of an SUV has been killed after he became upset that he wasn't allowed to drive and suddenly turned the steering wheel, causing a rollover.

BUSINESS:

— AMERICAN AIRLINES-TRAFFIC — Demand for international travel boosted traffic and a key revenue measure on American Airlines last month.

SPORTS REFER:

HKN--STARS-NEW CENTERS

DALLAS — New Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill filled a glaring need at center by adding three in a pair of trades. The biggest move was getting Tyler Seguin from Boston shortly after the 21-year-old was criticized as needing to be a "better pro." Almost on cue, he caused a stir when a gay slur showed up on his Twitter account. By Schuyler Dixon.

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