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American Airlines Workers March On Headquarters

Hundreds of uniformed American Airlines workers have marched to company headquarters to protest bankruptcy plans that could void their contracts.

Members of the Allied Pilots Association, flight attendants and transport workers rallied Friday outside AMR Corp. headquarters in Fort Worth. AMR in November sought Chapter 11 reorganization.

Union leaders on Monday are expected in bankruptcy court in New York to oppose AMR's plan to throw out their labor contracts. The company seeks to impose its own terms for pay, benefits and work rules.

Thousands of employees have signed a no-confidence petition.

American spokesman Bruce Hicks says the company respects the rights of unions and members to voice their opinions, but contract changes are necessary for successful restructuring.

Arizona-based US Airways Group Inc. has expressed interested in merging with American.


Early voting opens Monday for May 29 Texas primary

Early voting begins Monday for the May 29 Texas primary election.

The secretary of state's office says early voting ends May 25. July 31 has been set for any races that require runoffs.

The general election is Nov. 6.

Various local and school elections are set for Saturday in communities across Texas.

The Justice Department will have monitors present for Saturday's municipal elections in Dallas, Galveston and Jasper counties. The federal agency said Friday that the monitors will help ensure compliance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act that prohibits discrimination.

The agency annually deploys hundreds of federal observers to monitor elections nationwide.


Judge reverses own ruling in travel records suit

A judge has ruled against three newspapers and found that the Texas Department of Public Safety doesn't have to release travel records of Gov. Rick Perry's security detail.

The Austin American Statesman reports that District Judge Scott Jenkins decided Thursday that officers' travel vouchers could compromise the governor's safety.

That reversed Jenkins' own 2008 ruling that the information should be released under Texas Public Information Act requests by the Statesman, Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.

The papers sued in 2007. They had sought further detail on how public money was spent while protecting Perry during trips abroad since 2001.

In July, the Texas Supreme Court reversed Jenkins ruling. The judge then said Thursday that the Supreme Court's direction left him little choice but to rule against the newspapers.