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HOUSTON (AP) - A Jordanian immigrant has been sentenced to death in Texas for the fatal shootings of his son-in-law and daughter's best friend in what prosecutors described as honor killings. Jurors on Tuesday sentenced Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan in the 2012 killings of Coty Beavers and Gelareh Bagherzadeh. The same jury convicted him of capital murder last month. Prosecutors say the Muslim father was angry his daughter had married a Christian. Investigators say Bagherzadeh encouraged her to marry Beavers.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - More than 300 Texas schools districts that helped educate Hurricane Harvey-displaced students are eligible to apply for $174 million in federal grants. The Texas Education Agency on Tuesday announced the assistance and a list of eligible districts and charter schools. Harvey made landfall last Aug. 25 in South Texas. TEA officials say the funds are meant to help districts with the cost of educating students displaced by Harvey during the 2017-2018 school year.

DALLAS (AP) - A growing number of Texas ranchers and farmers are trimming their livestock, or selling them altogether, as the persistent drought has eliminated water supplies and forage for the animals. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 45 percent of Texas is contending with drought conditions that are severe or worse. Oklahoma officials, meanwhile, say they haven't seen the kind of liquidation of cattle as spring rains saved some wheat harvests and boosted grassland there.

HOUSTON (AP) - The attorney taking on President Donald Trump over his alleged affair with an adult film actress has appeared in Houston immigration court to try to secure the release of a 9-year-old boy from Guatemala. A judge on Tuesday denied Michael Avenatti's request to dismiss the case against the boy.

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