AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms is flaring again. Conservative critics of proposed history books complained at a Tuesday hearing in Austin that the books marginalize Ronald Reagan and other top Republicans and heap praise on Hillary Clinton. Others say the books offer a scrubbed view of history, glossing over George Wallace's attempt to block school integration in Alabama and calling the minimum wage "one of the New Deal's most controversial legacies."
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused to stop the scheduled execution of a North Texas woman for the starvation and torture death of her lover's nine-year-old son. Lisa Coleman is scheduled for lethal injection Wednesday in Huntsville. Evidence showed Davontae Williams was restrained and kept in a closet away from food. He weighed just 36 pounds when he died a decade ago.
HOUSTON (AP) - A lawyer has told jurors in a Houston civil trial that R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up a man waiting outside a Houston airport in 2011. Richard King was a West Point cadet and his lawyer says he was beaten so badly that he had to withdraw. One of LaBelle's attorneys says King yelled racial insults and threw the first punch.
DALLAS (AP) - Customer-service agents at American Airlines have voted overwhelmingly to join a union. The vote reverses a narrow defeat for organized labor less than two years ago. The results affect about 14,000 American and US Airways employees at airports and reservations centers plus home-based reservations agents.
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