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Texas Coverage 1.1

Some Mexican farmers are starting the new year by protesting the federal government at a Texas-Mexico border. The farmers started a three day protest on the Mexican side of a bridge in El Paso. The farmers are not allowing any trucks taking U.S. food products to cross into Mexico. They're trying to pressure federal leaders to put a stop to NAFTA regulated produce agreements that include fruits, vegetables, rice, and beans. The protest is expected to slow down all of the traffic crossing the border during the next three days.

A flight on American Airlines is about to be a lot cheaper. Fort Worth based American Airlines kicked off the new year Wednesday with an air fare sale. American says the sale applies to more than 200 domestic and international destinations. The discount, of up to 40 %, are for winter and spring travel. In general, tickets must be purchased by January 20th.

The Texas Supreme Court says the state does not have to pay for "medically necessary" abortions for poor women whose health may be jeopardized by pregnancy. That ruling came Tuesday. It upholds a law barring the use of Medicaid money for abortion, except in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother. Doctors and abortion providers had wanted the law to also include health problems like heart disease and cancer that could present risks during pregnancy.

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