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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has approved bills reauthorizing the Texas Medical Board and other state agencies whose operations were jeopardized by similar measures stalling in May. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick convened an unusual floor session at midnight Thursday for the move on just the third day of a special legislative session. Patrick let the normally routine bills die during the regular session, forcing Gov. Greg Abbott to call lawmakers back to work so they could revive key conservative issues.

(AP) - Testing is underway on the panels of a high-rise hotel in Baltimore. It's among U.S. buildings that include an NFL stadium which are now under scrutiny after a deadly fire in a London apartment building. British authorities are examining whether the panels helped spread the fire that ripped across the London building's outer walls, killing at least 80 people. But identifying which U.S. buildings might be wrapped in the same material isn't easy.

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas has hired a Detroit deputy police chief to lead its police force, and she'll be the first woman at the helm of the city's department. Dallas officials announced Wednesday that U. Renee Hall will start Sept. 5. Hall currently directs Detroit's neighborhood policing bureau. She takes over in Dallas a year after four Dallas police officers and one transit officer were killed when a gunman opened fire during a protest.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Xcel Energy says construction crews have wrapped up work on another segment of a transmission line that makes up a new power loop around one eastern New Mexico community. The utility announced this week that it has energized a 10-mile segment of the line between two substations that straddle Roswell.

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