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KPYN NEWS FOR Wednesday, August 2, 2017

 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A west Texas cattle rancher and his wife have donated $1 million to Gov. Greg Abbott, following a trend of seven-figure political donations across the U.S. The Houston Chronicle reports that Mike and Mary Porter made the donation in June. Michael Malbin is the executive director of the Washington-based Campaign Finance Institute. He says politicians are growing more accustomed to asking for and receiving million-dollar contributions.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration says it will waive environmental reviews and other laws to replace a stretch of border wall in San Diego and make good on one of the president’s signature campaign pledges. Critics including the Center for Biological Diversity swiftly criticized the move as overreach and a threat to the environment. A 2005 law gave the Homeland Security Department broad authority to waive “all legal requirements” to build border barriers.

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — An ex-Border Patrol agent in Texas caught in a law enforcement sting must serve 11 years in prison for trying to arrange sexual encounters with two girls. Prosecutors say 50-year-old Salvador Contreras was sentenced Tuesday in Laredo. The former senior agent in Del Rio pleaded guilty to attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. Officials say Contreras was communicating online with someone he thought was a woman with two young daughters. The woman was an undercover officer.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Police in San Antonio say a man suffering a “mental crisis” struck about 10 vehicles with his pickup truck, injuring 12 people and only coming to a stop after striking a home. Police Sgt. Douglas Greene told the San Antonio Express-News that the man somehow hurt himself before driving erratically along a half-mile stretch of road Tuesday in the southwestern part of the city.

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