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DALLAS (AP) - Authorities in far South Texas are surveying the damage to homes, businesses and roads from flooding this week, while some areas are still bracing as runoff causes flooding. Willacy County Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Torres said Friday that their "biggest issue is about to start." He says drainage canals there are starting to overflow, putting more than 100 homes in danger of flooding over the next 48 hours.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech University leaders have condemned racist online comments allegedly posted by several students calling for attacking immigrants and building a border wall. School spokesman Chris Cook said Friday that officials are investigating comments linked to the site "Frat Chat" and trying to identify several students allegedly involved. The Texas Tech Interfraternity Council issued a statement saying the group appointed a new president following the "reprehensible language" posted Thursday.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Three U.S. senators say a holding facility for immigrant children on the Texas border near El Paso is occupied by about 250 teenage boys mostly from Central America. A contractor that operates the facility 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of El Paso briefed U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Friday without letting them see the detained youths.

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - A man who Texas prosecutors say is in the U.S. illegally has been indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged voter fraud. Authorities announced Friday that 57-year-old Mario Obdulio Orellana was indicted earlier this month on five counts, including voter fraud and false representation of U.S. citizenship. Prosecutors allege that Obdulio illegally entered the U.S. from El Salvador in the early 1980s and later registered to vote as a U.S. citizen and cast a ballot in the November 2016 election.

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