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HOUSTON (AP) - Many in the country illegally fear that seeking federal disaster aid after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will result in getting deported, prompting them to turn to places of worship and private charities. They are ineligible for federal aid but may apply on behalf of children with legal status. Parents are warned their information may be shared with immigration officers.

PASADENA, Texas (AP) - In the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped, three spills were reported at one of Houston's dirtiest toxic waste sites. The spills were reported to a government hotline by the company overseeing the ongoing cleanup at the site, a former petroleum industry waste-processing plant contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. The EPA says it is still assessing the scene.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A powerful Texas Republican is calling for the removal of a Confederate marker in the state Capitol that rejects slavery as an underlying cause of the Civil War. Republican House Speaker Joe Straus said Tuesday in a letter to state officials that the plaque is "blatantly inaccurate." Straus becomes the most prominent Texas Republican to call for removing a Confederate marker. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said doing so won't erase the past.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - A fire at a refinery in the Southeast Texas city of Port Arthur sent black plumes of smoke into the air and caused officials to tell people nearby to shelter in place. Valero Energy Corp. spokeswoman Lillian Riojas told The Associated Press in an email that the fire started at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday in a heavy oil tank. She says Valero emergency crews responded and the Port Arthur Fire Department assisted. The city said that the shelter-in-place was lifted by about 2:30 p.m.

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