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HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities have confirmed that a Houston veterinarian charged with attempting to orchestrate the murder of her ex-husband has leapt to her death the day before she was scheduled to appear in court. The Harris County district attorney's office says 48-year-old Valerie Busick McDaniel jumped Monday from her seventh-floor condo.

CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) - Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access and Planned Parenthood funding, in case they are jeopardized again. Lawmakers with bills pending in Maryland. Nevada and Oregon say their bills are important even after failure of the Republican health care reform effort in Congress. They say they want to be prepared in case of future Republican efforts to limit women's health services.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has approved modifications to the state's voter ID law, incorporating some changes ordered after federal courts found the strict measure discriminatory. Monday's 21-10 vote leaves the measure just a final, largely ceremonial vote away from going to the House. It doesn't ease requirements about what picture IDs are acceptable when voting. Instead, it makes permanent part of a workaround ordered by federal courts last year that lets some Texans vote by signing affidavits.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has approved key modifications to the state's strictest-in-the-nation voter ID law, incorporating some changes ordered after federal courts previously found it discriminatory. The chamber also voted to sharply reduce handgun license fees. And, Travis County officials say they are following immigration enforcement rules. They called the Trump administration's threat to cut some federal grants 'political retribution.'

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