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HOUSTON — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush declared Wednesday that 11 million immigrants in the country illegally should have an opportunity to stay, wading yet again into his party’s contentious immigrant debate.

In tone and substance, Bush stands out among the many Republicans lining up for the GOP’s next presidential primary, where conservatives who oppose an immigration overhaul often hold outsized influence. As he moves toward a presidential campaign, the brother and son of former presidents has not backed away from his defense of immigrants in the country illegally and a policy that would allow them to attain legal status under certain conditions.

“We’re a nation of immigrants,” Bush said at the National Christian Hispanic Leadership Conference that brought several hundred Hispanic evangelical leaders to Houston this week. “This is not the time to abandon something that makes us special and unique.”

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AUSTIN — A Texas trooper has sued his bosses after being reprimanded over his photo with rapper Snoop Dogg at South by Southwest.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears filed the civil lawsuit Wednesday, alleging retaliation by DPS, Director Steven McCraw, and several executives.

The lawsuit says Spears was working off-duty security when an assistant for Snoop Dogg took the photo in March and posted it on Instagram. Spears was reprimanded because the rapper has several drug-possession convictions. Spears is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.

Spears also alleges retaliation for his complaint against a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officer. Spears was detained in 2014 while off-duty and carrying an alcoholic beverage at a concert.

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The performance seasons for many regional arts organizations are rapidly winding down.  We're told the story of one out of Kerrville by Symphony of the Hills' Gene Dowdy.

“Symphony of the Hills is going to close our season with a concert called 'Bach and his disciples.' It’s a concert dedicated to the great Johann Sebastian Bach, the great German composer of the Baroque period, and just the influence he’s had through the hundreds of years since his life.”

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St. Mary’s University and the Alamo Colleges’ Northeast Lakeview College are among the 13 Texas-based education establishments that have, together, been awarded almost a million dollars in grants for summer youth camps focused on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

Through these 13 grants, totaling $938,104, the Texas Workforce Commission, a state agency that works separately and together with local workforce development boards to essentially help Texan employers, workers and communities progress economically, hopes to help prepare more than 1,100 14-21 year olds for high-skill, high-demand jobs.

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BALTIMORE — No vendors will be selling peanuts or Cracker Jack. No one will be there to root, root, root for the home team — or any team.

The old ballgame won’t be anything like the song when the Baltimore Orioles host the Chicago White Sox Wednesday in what is believed to be the first held behind closed doors in the 145-year history of the major leagues.

A wave of looting and rioting around Camden Yards forced the postponement of the first two games of the series and caused the Baltimore mayor to impose a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew.

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