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The 84th Texas Legislature convened in mid-January, and change has come in the wake of the 2014 elections – but not fast enough to satisfy Tea Party adherents who elected more of their eager partisans to the House and Senate. They also elevated one of their own – Sen. Dan Patrick – to the pivotal job of lieutenant governor.

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Brandon Paul Pay (inset) was arrested with more than 20 pounds of cocaine.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly arrested a 23-year-old Florida man and recovered more than 20 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on Feb. 5.

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USW members and supporters protest at Marathon Petroleum in Texas City.

The United Steelworkers Union (USW), which represents workers at 65 U.S. refineries that produce approximately 64 percent of the oil in the U.S, called for work stoppage at nine U.S. refineries Sunday, Feb. 1 following failed negotiations in a national oil contract that expired at midnight Saturday night.

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Anthony Holliday led the Cards with 14 points.

The Lamar Cardinals fell behind early to Sam Houston State and were never able to recover, losing by the final score of 79-50 on Feb. 2 at the Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville to fall to 11-11 overall and 5-5 in Southland Conference play.

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Delta Downs in nearby Vinton, La., will host a big night of thoroughbred horse racing on Saturday, Feb. 7, billed as Louisiana Premier Night (LAPN). Twelve races are scheduled beginning at 5:30 p.m., and all races will be restricted to Louisiana bred horses with total purse money exceeding $1 million.

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