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KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - Authorities say the man charged in the deaths last year of two North Texas prosecutors had intended to kill other law enforcement officials. Court documents contend former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams sought to kill Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Norville Wiley, who was previously a judge in Kaufman County. Records also allege Williams had targeted former district court Judge Glen Ashworth. They do not indicate why Wiley and Ashworth were marked.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Longtime Texas journalist Donnis Baggett has been selected as recipient of the 2014 James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Baggett, executive vice president of the Texas Press Association, will receive the award Sept. 12 during the John Henry Faulk Awards luncheon. The Madison award is given to those demonstrating a commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A Justice Department lawyer has told a federal judge that a tough new Texas voter ID law was motivated by racial discrimination and should be struck down. Opening statements in a trial over the measure began today. Opponents call it the most stringent voter ID measure of any adopted by conservative states in recent years.

HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republicans gathered for an event in Hiawatha say Texas Governor Rick Perry has not been tarnished by a recent indictment. Perry was in Iowa today campaigning for 1st Congressional District candidate Rod Blum. It's the potential 2016 presidential candidate's first Iowa visit since he was indicted last month on two felony counts alleging he abused the power of his office.

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