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North Texas Recovering From Big Storms

Overnight rain flooded many low-lying streets and highways across North Texas. As of 10am, 19 rural Collin County roads were closed due to high water.

Dallas had several major intersections and portions of highways closed because of flooding. Police rescued a homeless man stranded in a tree, the rushing waters of White Rock Creek below him.

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Fort Worth firefighters say four overnight house fires were likely the result of lightning strikes.

DFW Airport and Dallas Love Field saw cancelled flights because of heavy rain and hundreds of lightning strikes.

Oncor, as of noon, reported more than three thousand customers without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Forecasters say north and central parts of the state were under a flash flood watch through dusk Tuesday as the system moved out of Texas.

BJ Austin, KERA News

Texas Halts Killing Of Burros In Big Bend

Texas is suspending its policy of killing wild burros to control the population in Big Bend National Park.

Officials say it’s to give the Humane Society time to take an aerial burro-count and devise a non-lethal way to remove them from the park that has continuous funding.

Four years ago, the state suspended its lethal-control method to allow Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue to try to trap burros. But none were caught during the two year experiment. So, shooting the burros was re-instated. Wildlife officials say the burros are not native to the park, and threaten native plants and animals.

It’s estimated there are about 300 wild burros in the park. Park Rangers have shot 130 of them since 2007.

BJ Austin, KERA News

AG: Justice committed to protecting gays, lesbians

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is "committed to using every tool in its arsenal" to combat bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation.

Holder cited the department's efforts during a speech Tuesday at a conference at the University of Texas at Arlington aimed at promoting safe schools and communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Holder recounted several successful criminal prosecutions under federal and state statutes in saying the Obama administration is stepping up efforts to make sure no one is harassed because of "who they love."

About 400 law enforcement officials, educators, students and community leaders registered for the conference sponsored by the White House and the U.S. departments of justice and education.


Rangers, Holland agree to 5-year contract

Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland has agreed to a new five-year contract through the 2016 season that includes club options for two more seasons after that.

Holland won 16 games last season for the two-time defending American League champions. He allowed only two hits pitching into the eighth inning of Game 4 of the World Series against St. Louis. Texas announced the deal Tuesday morning.

Holland has a 27-22 record over three major league seasons in Texas, the team that drafted him in the 25th round of the 206 draft. He was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA last season.

With Holland's deal, the Rangers have two 25-year-old starters under contract for a long period. Yu Darvish, the right-hander from Japan, is at the start of a six-year deal.


Judge orders apology from 2 Texas educators/b>

A judge in San Antonio has ordered two educators to apologize to an agnostic family in a lingering school prayer dispute.

Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery on Monday ordered Medina Valley Independent School District Superintendent James Stansberry and band director Keith Riley to apologize. The judge declined to hold them in contempt.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the men allegedly made public comments critical of the family of ex-student Corwyn Schultz after a February settlement. The family had sued but failed to stop prayers at last June's graduation ceremony.

The district agreed school employees would not pray with students or elicit prayer in class, plus not disparage the Schultz family.

The district declined comment about Monday's order, which requires the Schultz family to accept the apologies.


Houston mayor tweets about United, delays, merger

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has used Twitter to complain about United Airlines and delays from San Francisco. United officials didn't immediately comment Tuesday. The carrier earlier said it regretted Parker's inconvenience.

Parker and her daughters arrived early at San Francisco International Airport but missed a deadline for all three to check in. Parker says a gate agent said the person not checked in couldn't travel. They took a later flight.

Parker on Saturday tweeted: "Just landed from spring break trip with girls. 1.5 hours late leaving Houston and 8 hours late coming back from SF. Great merger, United!"

United and Continental merged in 2010. United recently urged Houston leaders to reject a Southwest Airlines plan for international flights from city-operated Hobby Airport.