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In New York, Gov. Perry challenges Cuomo to debate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is challenging his New York counterpart, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to a debate over economic policy as he ventures onto Cuomo's turf.

Perry is visiting New York, hoping to coax employers there to move to Texas.

Last June, he made a similar trip that included ads poking fun at what Perry said was New York's high taxes and stiff regulations.

On Tuesday, a Perry political group released a statement suggesting a debate with Cuomo on topics like taxes, government spending and education. Perry repeated the offer on an Albany radio station.

A Cuomo spokesman offered no comment.

Perry's 2012 presidential run flamed out following his notorious "Oops" brain freeze during a debate. He's not seeking re-election but hasn't ruled out a second White House run in 2016.


Drilling rig accident in West Texas leaves 1 dead

RANKIN, Texas (AP) - Officials say an equipment-related drilling rig accident in West Texas has left an oilfield worker dead.

The Upton County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday did not immediately release the name of the man who died.

Investigators say the accident happened Sunday night at a site about 25 miles north of Rankin. Chief Deputy Jason Hazlewood says nobody else was hurt. The victim was dead at the scene.

Further details weren't immediately available.

Federal safety investigators are also reviewing circumstances of the accident.


DPS urges online renewal of your driver's license

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Renewing a Texas driver's license doesn't necessarily mean waiting in long lines or prepping your best photo ID look for the camera.

The Department of Public Safety on Tuesday urged residents to renew online and beat the typical summer rush at driver's license offices.

DPS Director Steven McCraw says many Texans can opt for online and phone renewal of licenses and ID cards.

To be eligible, the card holder must be a U.S. citizen. The expiration date on the card must be within one year.

DPS also operates mega centers in the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio areas. A queuing system allows users to reserve a spot in line before going to a DPS center.


Eminem, Outkast to headline Austin City Limits

NEW YORK (AP) - Eminem and Outkast are headlining another music festival.

The rap acts will perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October in Austin, Texas. Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Beck and Lorde will also take the stage at the 13th annual festival in Zilker Park.

Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris, Foster the People, Broken Bells, The Replacements, Iggy Azalea, the Avett Brothers and Zedd are also slated to perform.

The three-day event will feature eight stages. It will take place over two weekends, kicking off Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. Three-day passes are $225. Single-day tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Eminem and Outkast are also headlining the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August.




Feds: New laws, oversight needed after Texas blast

DALLAS (AP) - A federal agency leading one of the investigations into last year's deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion says that even if regulators don't know what started an initial fire, they know the resulting blast could have been prevented.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Tuesday announced its findings after a year of investigating the blast in West, Texas, that killed 15 people, injured 200 and damaged much of the tiny town.

Board chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso says that agencies at all levels must do more to monitor facilities that store ammonium nitrate, the chemical that detonated.

The board's investigation did not uncover significant new details about what happened in West, but reiterated the need for more regulation.

Multiple other investigations have yielded no cause of the fire that preceded the blast.


Port Arthur man convicted of killing wife in Waco

WACO, Texas (AP) - A Southeast Texas man who met his wife as a pen pal while he was in prison has been convicted of killing her in front of her child.

Prosecutors in Waco are seeking the death penalty in the punishment phase that began Tuesday for Carnell Petetan (PET'-uh-tahn) Jr. of Port Arthur.

Jurors late Monday convicted Petetan of capital murder in the 2012 fatal shooting of his estranged spouse, Kimberly, during an argument at her Waco apartment. Investigators say Carnell Petetan abducted his wife's then-9-year-old daughter. The girl was rescued by police in Bryan.

Prosecutors say Petetan served nearly 20 years in prison for attempted murder. He met the victim as a pen pal and the couple wed in 2010. The September 2012 slaying happened several months after Petetan's release.


Lawsuit seeks redrawing of Texas Senate districts

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two Texans backed by a conservative legal group have filed a federal lawsuit in Austin challenging how state Senate voting districts were drawn.

The Austin American-Statesman reports ( ) the Project on Fair Representation wants a judge to cancel results of the March primaries, which used Senate boundaries drawn by the Legislature in 2013.

The group wants Texas lawmakers to draw new districts. The plaintiffs are voters in two Senate districts - Tyler and Houston areas.

The case filed Monday argues the way districts were drawn is unconstitutional for being based on total population. The suit says only eligible voters should be considered.

The group's director, Ed Blum, helped lead the Fisher vs. University of Texas affirmative action case challenging using race in university admissions heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Cleanup from Texas bay spill could end this week

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - Cleanup from last month's oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel could wrap up within days as officials try to determine blame for the barge and ship collision.

The Galveston County Daily News ( ) reported Tuesday that U.S. Coast Guard officials expect cleanup efforts to end this week.

The March 22 accident near Texas City dumped nearly 170,000 gallons of oil from the barge into the water. The stream of heavy fuel oil extended into the Gulf of Mexico and then southward along the Texas coast.

Seawolf Park and East Beach in Galveston reopened last week, as well as the last 2 miles of the Texas City dike. All were closed during cleanup that continues south of Matagorda Island.

Coast Guard officials did not immediately return a message Tuesday.

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