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HOUSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court is allowing an inmate who has been on death row in Texas for nearly 25 years for a Houston double slaying to move forward with an appeal. The court also is upholding the conviction and rejected the appeal of another prisoner condemned for the shooting deaths of four people in suburban Dallas in 2004. The rulings were issued late Monday.

DALLAS (AP) - A jury has found a Dallas salon worker guilty of murder in the death of woman who was injected in the buttocks with industrial-grade silicone as part of an illegal cosmetic procedure. Forty-five-year-old Denise "Wee Wee" Ross was found guilty Tuesday after the jury deliberated over the course of two days. She also was found guilty of practicing medicine without a license.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House's Republican speaker has blocked a tea party-backed effort to tack "bathroom bill" restrictions onto an unrelated measure regulating the agency overseeing oil and gas. Rep. Matt Schafer sought to ban transgender Texans from using public restrooms of their choice as part of a sweeping Railroad Commission bill. But House Speaker Joe Straus ruled Tuesday that the rule wasn't germane. Schafer challenged Straus with pointed questions, but couldn't force a floor vote.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Multiple rounds of severe weather are in the forecast this week for Southern Plains states, with Texas and Oklahoma at risk Tuesday for big hail, tornadoes and damaging winds. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says a mostly rural area of north Texas and southern Oklahoma could see the worst of it Tuesday. On Wednesday, the threat shifts eastward, when about 19 million people in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana could see stormy weather, including the possibility of strong tornadoes.

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