- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

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UPCOMING TODAY:

COWBOYS-BRENT

DALLAS - As former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and confronted with the possibility of spending up to 20 years in prison, the mother of the man he killed sat two rows behind him. Stacey Jackson has said she’s forgiven Brent. And when sentencing starts Thursday, Jackson could be one of several witnesses Brent’s attorneys could call to argue for leniency. They have previously asked for probation. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from punishment phase of trial.

PAUL RYAN

SAN ANTONIO - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan speaks to the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2:30 p.m. CT, photos. Speech scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT.

CONGRESSMAN-NO SHOW

AUSTIN, Texas - Have you seen U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman? The suburban Houston Republican and fierce conservative is mounting a long-shot challenge from the right against Senate minority whip John Cornyn but has made virtually no public appearances in Texas as questions mount about his campaign finances. Now, he’s stopped showing up for his day job, too. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 770 words by 10:30 a.m. CT, photos.

ARIZONA BUS CRASH

TONOPAH, Ariz. - A passenger attacked the driver of a Greyhound bus, causing a crash on Interstate 10 in western Arizona that left 24 people injured, state police said. The Dallas-bound bus was heading east from Los Angeles when the crash occurred near Tonopah shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday. SENT: 300 words.

BORDER CROSSINGS-IMPROVEMENTS

EL PASO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection is launching a pilot program at four Texas border crossings and one Florida port of entry to boost staffing and cut crossing times. Under the program, CBP will accept funds from local governments or private entities to improve convenience for incoming travelers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

ZEBRA MUSSELS-TEXAS

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