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Stockman's Claims About Record Draw Questions

Mug shot from the Oct. 5, 1977, arrest of Stephen Ernest Stockman by the Madison Heights, Mich., police department. Stockman was initially charged with felony possession of diazepam, also known as Valium, records show.
Mug shot from the Oct. 5, 1977, arrest of Stephen Ernest Stockman by the Madison Heights, Mich., police department. Stockman was initially charged with felony possession of diazepam, also known as Valium, records show.

In his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. John CornynU.S. Rep. Steve Stockman has made statements about his own record that appear to conflict with public records and his own past statements.

Texans' Water Conservation Reward: Higher Rates

Docks on the edge of Lake Kickapoo, which is less than one-third full, no longer reach the water in Holiday, Feb 3, 2014.
Docks on the edge of Lake Kickapoo, which is less than one-third full, no longer reach the water in Holiday, Feb 3, 2014.

Drought-stricken Texas cities have succeeded in encouraging residents to slash water consumption — but they've lost money in the process by selling less water. That means everyone must pay higher rates. 

Refugees, Too, Must Navigate Health Care Law

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Eddie Almodovar, far right, a volunteer, helped refugee Aruna Rai, seated, sign up for a health insurance plan at an Austin apartment on Jan 30, 2014. Fellow refugees Khamba Magar, top left, and John Monger served as interpreters.
Eddie Almodovar, far right, a volunteer, helped refugee Aruna Rai, seated, sign up for a health insurance plan at an Austin apartment on Jan 30, 2014. Fellow refugees Khamba Magar, top left, and John Monger served as interpreters.

Under the Affordable Care Act, most Texans must have health insurance by March 31. That includes refugees, who often lack the English skills needed to understand the complexities of the American health care system.

Town's Stance on Famed Convict Changes Over 15 Years

Bernhardt Tiede exits the Panola County Court building with his attorney Jodi Cole after his hearing on February 5, 2014 in Carthage. His attorney filed new evidence that could affect his punishment term. He has been serving time since August of 1997 for the murder of Marjorie Nugent.
Bernhardt Tiede exits the Panola County Court building with his attorney Jodi Cole after his hearing on February 5, 2014 in Carthage. His attorney filed new evidence that could affect his punishment term. He has been serving time since August of 1997 for the murder of Marjorie Nugent.

When Bernie Tiede went to trial in 1999 for murdering a wealthy Carthage widow, many in the town wanted the young man to see a light punishment. But 15 years into his life sentence, many now say prison is where he belongs. 

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