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3 storm chasers die in crash during Southern Plains storms

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SPUR, Texas (AP) -- Storms that bore down on Southern Plains states brought powerful winds that upended a tractor-trailer on an Oklahoma interstate, killing the driver, while three storm chasers died in a collision as they raced toward a tornado-warned storm in West Texas, authorities said.

County pulls plug on sheriff's office's unused drug testing lab

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Julian Gill

Denton County taxpayers for years had been paying thousands of dollars for a drug testing laboratory that was never used. In 2013, the Denton County Sheriff's Office and the University of North Texas agreed to create a drug testing laboratory on campus to expedite the testing process, according to Sheriff Tracy Murphree. But Murphree said the office never received the proper certification to use a necessary piece of drug testing equipment, which cost the county about $42,000 per year to maintain.

2 former Christie aides get prison for bridge revenge plot

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David Porter

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison Wednesday over a political revenge plot involving traffic jams at the country's busiest bridge, a scandal that sank Christie's White House ambitions and that the judge called a product of a poisonous climate in state politics.

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IS holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold.

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Christie, Trump to launch drug addiction task force

Christie, Trump to launch drug addiction task force

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After being unceremoniously dropped from President Donald Trump's transition team, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is dipping his toes into the administration by taking the lead of a White House commission to combat opioid addiction.

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DRC reporter named winner of media award

DRC reporter named winner of media award

The Barbara Jordan Media Awards are a part of the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.  Each year the committee, in conjunction with local committees throughout the state, accepts nominations for media professionals and students who have produced material for the public which accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities, using People First language and respectful depictions, according to the state's Office of the Governor's website.