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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas has issued its first A-F letter grade academic accountability ratings for school districts, with only about 1 percent receiving failing marks. Individual schools won't get grades until next year, after the Legislature postponed implementation under pressure from superintendents. Instead, campuses got numeric scores 0-100 on Wednesday, as well as ratings ranging from "met standard" to "improvement required." Some 4 percent of schools statewide got failing "improvement required."

DALLAS (AP) - The Catholic Diocese of Dallas says that the Most Rev. Charles Grahmann, whose 17-year tenure as bishop of the diocese was marred by one of the first church sex abuse scandals to explode into public view, has died. He was 87. The diocese says in a statement that Grahmann died Tuesday in San Antonio following a long illness. He was the sixth bishop of the Dallas diocese and served from 1990 to 2007.

HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors say in October they'll hold another murder trial for a former deputy's husband charged in the death of a man he and his wife confronted outside a Houston-area restaurant. Terry Thompson was originally on trial in June in the death last year of 24-year-old John Hernandez. It ended in a mistrial and prosecutors said afterward they would seek to retry Thompson. On Tuesday they confirmed when the trial will be held and that they'll seek to prosecute him again on a murder charge.

HOUSTON (AP) - A Jordanian immigrant has been sentenced to death in Texas for the fatal shootings of his son-in-law and daughter's best friend in what prosecutors described as honor killings. Jurors on Tuesday sentenced Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan in the 2012 killings of Coty Beavers and Gelareh Bagherzadeh. The same jury convicted him of capital murder last month. Prosecutors say the Muslim father was angry his daughter had married a Christian. Investigators say Bagherzadeh encouraged her to marry Beavers.

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