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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A Justice Department lawyer has told a federal judge that a tough new Texas voter ID law was motivated by racial discrimination and should be struck down. Opening statements in a trial over the measure began today. Opponents call it the most stringent voter ID measure of any adopted by conservative states in recent years.

HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republicans gathered for an event in Hiawatha say Texas Governor Rick Perry has not been tarnished by a recent indictment. Perry was in Iowa today campaigning for 1st Congressional District candidate Rod Blum. It's the potential 2016 presidential candidate's first Iowa visit since he was indicted last month on two felony counts alleging he abused the power of his office.

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Police in San Angelo say a local man, Isidro Miguel DeLacruz Junior, is being held on a murder charge after the assault of a 5-year-old girl who later died. Officers were called to a home today and arrived to find the child and another female victim there. Both were taken to a hospital, where the girl died.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A former volunteer fire chief in Southeast Texas has surrendered on theft-related counts after about $70,000 in department money allegedly was misspent. Authorities say David Miles Loop turned himself in today and was released after posting bail. A grand jury indicted the ex-Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department chief last week.

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