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WEATHERFORD, Texas — Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright will be buried at a historic cemetery in his hometown of Weatherford that also serves as the final resting place of other famous Texans.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Wright family plot is only steps away from the grave of theater and movie star Mary Martin. And nearby is the gravesite of rancher Oliver Loving, mortally wounded by Comanches in 1867, and Bose Ikard, the former slave who drove cattle alongside Loving and rancher Charles Goodnight.

Wright died Wednesday at the age of 92. After his funeral Monday in Fort Worth, a motorcade will leave for City Greenwood Cemetery. Weatherford is about 30 miles west of Fort Worth.

At a 1997 dedication for refurbished City Greenwood Cemetery, Wright said he first attended a funeral there for a great-great aunt, “and the last funeral I ever will attend will be in this cemetery.”

PEARLAND, Texas — A Pearland woman has been arrested in the drowning deaths of her 15-month-old twin daughters. The Pearland Police Department announced that a 21-year-old woman was arrested Sunday on two counts of manslaughter. Authorities say the suspect found her daughters unresponsive in the bathtub of their home on Feb. 17 and called police.

The twins were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, and one died later that day. The other died Feb. 22 after being taken off life support. The Harris County Medical Examiner ruled the deaths were homicides.

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AUSTIN — Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has never been shy about buttonholing elected officials, but it’s seldom been easier since Texas’ new lieutenant governor set up regular conference calls for select business leaders and donors to advise him on issues before the Legislature.

In Texas, where the wall between big money and government is like the low cattle fencing that pens the state’s ranchland, new Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s new invitation-only calls have provided an especially direct connection between the state’s business elite and the Legislature’s agenda.

“Why wouldn’t I want to learn from and communicate with the job creators? Why would we want to pass legislation that might impact our economy in a negative way?” said Patrick, who schedules bills for action, explaining the calls.

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HATTIESBURG, Miss.— With lowered flags and prayers, a southern Mississippi city is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance Monday.

Red roses decorated a chain-link fence Sunday near the spot where officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were killed, and worshippers remembered the men in a small brick church just a few dozen yards from the scene.

“It’s sad. It’s just a tragedy,” Dorothy Thompson said outside New Hope Baptist Church after a Mother’s Day service that included prayers for the officers and their families. Nearby, bloodstains still marked the asphalt where gunfire erupted Saturday night during what authorities described as a routine traffic stop gone awry.

A memorial event was scheduled for the men at the city convention center Monday afternoon. Also Monday, an initial court appearance was set in Forrest County for Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, who were each charged with two counts of capital murder.

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On Monday morning, Texas awoke after a night that saw more than saw devastating damage across several Texas counties from tornadoes, flooding and severe storms. Given that the National Weather Service forecasts currently indicate the possibility of more severe thunderstorms, hail, damaging winds, flash floods and twisters across Texas into Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC).

By Monday evening, Gov. Abbott had declared a state of disaster in several Texas counties hit in recent days by severe weather — Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties. The declaration authorizes further mobilization of state resources to assist impacted communities.