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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A Texas prosecutor says an imprisoned former nurse convicted in 1984 of killing a toddler and facing a new murder charge in the 1981 death of an infant may have killed up to 60 young children around that time. Bexar (bayr) County District Attorney Nico LaHood said at a news conference Friday that investigators believe Genene Jones may have killed some or all of those children because they died under unusual circumstances during or just after her shifts.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A sweeping new anti-abortion bill in Texas that includes one provision already blocked by federal courts is heading to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The bill approved Friday by the state Senate is the Legislature's response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision last summer striking down Texas' 2013 law that prompted more than half the state's abortion clinics to close. Among the new laws would be a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - More than a dozen states this year have passed "Blue Lives Matter" laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers. The new laws came in reaction to a spike in deadly attacks on police last year. Some civil rights activists fear the measures could set back police-community relations.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is drawing criticism for cracking jokes about reporters at a gun range. Abbott took some target practice after signing a bill that reduces the fees for a state handgun license. When given his target sheet, Abbott joked he would carry it with him in case he sees any reporters. The remark drew a rebuke from the national Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which called it dangerous and out of line.

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