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Citing the completion of a pretrial intervention program, a New Jersey judge has dismissed a felony assault charge that was filed against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice over a now-infamous incident in which Rice struck his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

Rice hit Palmer during an argument while they were visiting Atlantic City, N.J., in February of 2014. A month later, he was indicted on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault. He then entered into a one-year pretrial program that would allow him to avoid a trial.

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State education leaders and coaches have launched a pilot program to combat teen dating violence. The program is called ‘Protect Her.’

Its goal is to change the perception student athletes may have about what is appropriate dating behavior and when activities have crossed the line.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said on Friday that dating violence among teens is more common than people realized.

“What many people may not realize is about half of all reported sexual assaults are youngsters who are about 12 to 24, and about half of those are youngsters from about 12 to 17,” Williams pointed out.

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Unlike many of the visits by Democrats to Texas over the last few months, Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Austin was not met with criticism from Texas Republicans, instead he was thanked by Attorney General Greg Abbott.

In a statement, Abbott wrote:

"I would like to thank Vice President Joe Biden for remembering Texas women during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month."

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The Texas House has passed House Bill 21, which sets up a statewide database to track the location of repeat offenders that have been convicted of family violence.  

The bill, which is authored by Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio, sets up a registry of anyone convicted three times on charges of family violence and/or child abuse. 

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