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AUSTIN — In the wake of allegations of misconduct within the men’s basketball program, new University of Texas President Greg Fenves has ordered a sweeping review of all academic services in the athletic department.

“Academic integrity is the core of everything we do,” Fenves said Tuesday.

Fenves had been on the job just a few days when the Chronicle of Higher Education last week reported allegations of misconduct involving three former men's basketball players dating back to 2006.

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PHOENIX — A Phoenix-area man has been charged with helping plan an attack on a provocative Texas cartoon contest featuring depictions of the Prophet Muhammad that ended with the two shooters’ deaths last month.

An indictment filed in federal court in Phoenix last week alleges that Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem hosted the gunmen in his home beginning in January and provided the guns they used in the May 3 shooting.

Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson were roommates in Phoenix and drove to Garland, Texas, to attack the event featuring cartoons deemed offensive to Muslims. They were killed by police after they opened fire outside the contest, injuring a security guard. No one attending the event in suburban Dallas was hurt.

The Houston Press Club honored Texas Public Radio with six trophies for on-air and online work this month at their annual awards ceremony, held June 6 on the campus of Rice University in Houston. With competition from news organizations state-wide, the Lone Star Awards are given annually for excellence in print, television, radio and online journalism. First place awards went to David Martin Davies and Paul Flahive for Best Talk Show and Best Public Affairs programming for two episodes of “The Source,” KSTX 89.1 FM’s afternoon talk program.

CORPUS CHRISTI — Two brothers from San Antonio have died after being washed away from the shore while playing in the surf at Padre Island. Corpus Christi police identified the apparent drowning victims as 10-year-old Adrian Torres and 14-year-old Eric Torres.

Investigators say the siblings were with family and in shallow water when both turned up missing Sunday afternoon. Sr. Officer Marc Harrod says relatives pulled the boys from the water. The siblings were transported by ambulances to hospitals.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he was making good on a promise to provide tax relief to homeowners and businesses.

Abbott signed the bills at one of Austin’s leading technology firms, Advanced Micro Devices. One measure will cut the state’s business franchise tax by 25 percent. 

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