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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate voted to ban the use of red light cameras in traffic enforcement, tools that have been used to try to stop wrecks at busy intersections. Supporters of red light cameras say they help uphold the law and reduce crashes. Critics say they invade privacy, put the burden on drivers to prove their innocence and are used to raise cash for local governments. The Senate voted has twice voted in recent years to ban red light cameras but the measure has failed to pass the Texas House.

DALLAS (AP) - The deaths of three storm chasers in an auto accident in Texas have underscored the dangers of trying to document violent weather up close. Storm chasing has become a field crowded with both professionals and amateurs who race after tornadoes to collect meteorological data and hair-raising video. In 2013, three researchers died when a twister turned on them in Oklahoma.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Special prosecutors appointed to put Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on trial on criminal securities fraud charges are threatening to leave the case if they don't get paid. Prosecutors say they're owed more than $200,000 for handling the case that accuses Paxton of defrauding investors in a tech startup. Paxton has pleaded not guilty. One of his supporters got a judge to halt payments to prosecutors after filing a lawsuit that claims their $300 hourly rate is exorbitant.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Across New Mexico, unusually warm March weather and virtually no rain for a month combined to create a weather phenomenon called a flash drought. It has resulted in dust storms that have closed highways, warnings for some to stay inside and rapid mountain snow melting that could threaten drinking water supplies and farmers' irrigation needs. Other affected areas include pockets of Arizona and Utah plus northern California and parts of the Midwest.

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