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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, in a rare decision, is recommending the death sentence of convicted killer Thomas "Bart" Whitaker be commuted to life. Whitaker is set for lethal injection Thursday for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003.

CHICAGO (AP) - Two weak tornadoes have hit North Texas, demolishing at least one mobile home and damaging about a dozen others in a rural area near Joshua and damaging the roofs of homes in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto. At least two people were injured in the storms early Tuesday. The National Weather Service said they were EF0 tornadoes with winds ranging from 65 to 85 mph.

DALLAS (AP) - A same-sex married couple in Texas is suing federal officials and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after the women were rejected as foster parents to refugee children. Fatma Marouf and Bryn Esplin, who both teach at Texas A&M University, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in Washington, D.C. They say they were turned down as foster parents because they did not "mirror the Holy Family."

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has refused to say if he voted for other statewide officeholders from his own party in the Texas primary. After casting his ballot on the first day of early voting ahead of Election Day on March 6, Abbott wouldn't admit supporting incumbents facing primary challengers, including Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. He was equally mum on indicted state Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is running unopposed in the primary.

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