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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A Texas prosecutor says an imprisoned former nurse convicted in 1984 of killing a toddler and facing a new murder charge in the 1981 death of an infant may have killed up to 60 young children around that time. Bexar (bayr) County District Attorney Nico LaHood said at a news conference Friday that investigators believe Genene Jones may have killed some or all of those children because they died under unusual circumstances during or just after her shifts.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - More than a dozen states this year have passed "Blue Lives Matter" laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers. The new laws came in reaction to a spike in deadly attacks on police last year. Some civil rights activists fear the measures could set back police-community relations.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is drawing criticism for cracking jokes about reporters at a gun range. Abbott took some target practice after signing a bill that reduces the fees for a state handgun license. When given his target sheet, Abbott joked he would carry it with him in case he sees any reporters. The remark drew a rebuke from the national Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which called it dangerous and out of line.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas children as young as 5 could soon be taught how to ward off sex abuse. Texas lawmakers have approved a requirement for all public schools to provide sex abuse prevention training to their students. Under it, both elementary and secondary schools must offer age-appropriate, research-based training to promote self-protection and prevent abuse and human trafficking. The bill headed to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk on the strength of a 136-9 final House vote on Friday.

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