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HOUSTON (AP) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says that as governor he would seek bonuses for high school teachers whose students perform well on college readiness exams. The Republican today called for paying teachers up to $2,000 a year extra if their students perform well on advanced placement tests. Texas consistently ranks near the bottom nationally in average teacher pay, according to many groups that track classroom salaries.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A drug smuggler whose campaign contributions led to the recent resignation and federal conviction of a South Texas sheriff has pleaded guilty in McAllen to federal drug trafficking and money-laundering charges. The U.S. Attorney's office says 37-year-old Tomas Reyes Gonzalez of Weslaco pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to distribute them and conspiracy to launder money.

HOUSTON (AP) - A South Texas architect has pleaded guilty in Houston to a federal conspiracy charge for paying bribes to elected officials in order to win contracts with school districts. The U.S. Attorney's office says today that 58-year-old Jesus Bustos of IDEA Group LLC in McAllen admitted to paying bribes from 2004 to 2013 to win millions of dollars-worth of contracts in Progreso and Weslaco.

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas jury has awarded $3 million to a North Texas couple who sued Aruba Petroleum over alleged contamination from drilling. The Dallas Morning News reports that the jury returned its verdict Tuesday in favor of Bob and Lisa Parr of Wise County.

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