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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.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court hears arguments on whether a federal border patrol agent can be sued in United States courts for shooting across the border and killing a Mexican teenager in 2010. The case is before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans on Wednesday.

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