• Group that performs school safety checks is low on resources after budget cuts

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The group Texas leaders entrust to perform school safety audits is low on resources after a sizable budget cut.
    On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas School Safety Center, a research group based at Texas State University, to take action to make schools safer. In an order sent to the Texas Education Agency, he asked that the Texas School Safety Center information on safety programs be distributed to all school districts in the state.
    He also ordered a check on sch
  • Mark Hamill coming to SXSW for premiere of doc on Last Jedi director

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Mark Hamill is making a special appearance at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.
    Hamill, known around the world for portraying Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, will be attending the world premiere of “The Director and the Jedi,” a look into Rian Johnson’s process as a new director in the Star Wars universe, SXSW said.
    A description on the fest’s website says, “A fan since childhood, he sets out to make the most powerful S
  • KIPP charter schools co-founder fired, misconduct alleged

    HOUSTON (AP/KXAN) — The co-founder of one of the nation’s leading system of charter schools has been fired amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
    KIPP announced Thursday that it had fired Mike Feinberg after an independent investigation found “credible evidence” to support three allegations of sexual misconduct. In a statement, the enterprise Feinberg co-founded in Houston 24 years ago said the investigation was triggered by an allegation last spring of sexual abuse of a
  • After teen was hit in front of Bowie High, students say slow down

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Bowie High School student was sent to the hospital after being hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk on Slaughter Lane Wednesday evening in front of the school.
    Austin police say they were called to the area just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Medics with Austin-Travis County EMS said the student had critical injuries. 
    We talked to some students who say they walk to and from school every day.
    “Everybody, at least right here when we’re crossing, everybod
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  • Weaknesses in Texas’ voting systems put under microscope

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Are Texas voting systems susceptible to a hack? Who polices wrongdoing at the polls? Should lawmakers make any changes to help Texas elections run more smoothly? State senators met Thursday to address concerns of fraud, irregularities and weaknesses in the system.
    Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tasked a Senate select panel to address a handful of issues pertaining to election security. Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, who chairs the committee, said there are few rights more preciou
  • Prosecutors seeking stiffer penalties for drivers who cause deadly crashes

    AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Last year in Austin, 25 people were killed in drunk-driving-related crashes. In an effort to hold more drivers accountable for their deadly behavior on the streets, the Travis County District Attorney's Office recently created a new team to aggressively work on prosecuting vehicular crimes.
    “Basically everyone in our community is a potential victim of one of these cases. So, the threat to everyone is very real. It's very concerning,” said Matthew Foye, an assistant d
  • Widow blasts politician’s use of husband’s death in anti-immigration ad

    INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — An Indianapolis family is outraged and hurt. They say the violent crime that took their loved one’s life is being exploited for political purposes. Jeffrey Monroe’s wife says Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun is using his death to promote immigration reforms and win votes.
    “I think he’s disgusting,” Deb Monroe says, “That’s what I think.”
    When she saw Braun’s campaign ad for the very first time she shook with
  • Gov. Abbott spares death row inmate whose father asked for clemency

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has accepted the state parole board’s recommendation and is sparing the life of convicted killer Thomas “Bart” Whitaker.
    The 38-year-old Whitaker was set for execution Thursday evening for masterminding a murder plot that took the lives of his mother and younger brother at the family home in suburban Houston in 2003. His father also was wounded in the shootings and has favored clemency for his son, saying he’s forgiven
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  • Texas’ vow to streamline Harvey recovery and aid backfires

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — After Hurricane Harvey hammered Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pledged that the country’s largest conservative state would lead its own recovery, streamlining federal aid to storm victims while avoiding the staggering inefficiencies of earlier Washington-controlled disaster responses.
    “A Texas-sized storm requires a Texas-sized response, and that is exactly what the state will provide,” declared Abbott, who has made bashing the feds a centerpiec
  • Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced Thursday.
    The Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by President Donald Trump and others to designate more people &m
  • Sheriff: Florida school officer never went inside to confront gunman

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, police announced Thursday.
    The Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by President Donald Trump and others to designate more people — i
  • TxDOT moves quickly to fix ‘slick’ intersection on SH 71

    TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – Within days of a deadly crash and continuous complaints from drivers on the road conditions of State Highway 71 near Bee Cave, the Texas Department of Transportation says it’s making big changes to the highway.
    People have been complaining that cars are constantly hydroplaning at the intersection of SH 71 and Pedernales Summit Parkway, specifically when roads are wet. During the morning commute Thursday, there were two reported crashes at that particular
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  • 45 people in Austin arrested in targeted regional ICE operation

    SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) — Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 145 people, described by the agency as “criminal aliens and immigration violators,” in a week-long operation in South and Central Texas that ended on Friday, Feb. 16.
    Forty-five of the arrests, the most in a single city, were in Austin. Another 41 people were arrested in San Antonio, 37 in the Rio Grande Valley, 15 in Laredo and seven in Waco.
    In a statement Thursday, ICE said that most of those arrested
  • Lindsey Vonn scatters grandfather’s ashes in PyeongChang

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn came to South Korea with the goal of taking home an Olympic medal and leaving something even more special behind.
    She did both.
    The American ski great said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashes of her grandfather, who served during the Korean War, on a rock near the mountain where the downhill races were run.
    “I know that it would mean a lot to him to be back here, a part of him is in South Korea always,” said Vonn, who sha
  • Community crime map shows every crime in Pflugerville

    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — The Pflugerville Police Department receives about 200 calls a day — everything from traffic stops to thefts. You’ll now be able to see the nature of each call on its community crime map.
    “It’s about transparency, letting them see exactly what we’re doing,” explains Cpl. Cody Irby, a detective with the department.
    You can filter your search and select the type of crime and the date range, and the map will then show you wh
  • One killed in crash near Mansfield Dam, closing RM 620

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man in his 20s has died in a crash that has closed Ranch to Market 620 just north of Mansfield Dam.
    Medics with Austin-Travis County EMS were called to the 4300 block of North RM 620, near Scenic Overlook Drive, at 2:01 p.m. Thursday.
    The man killed in the crash was pronounced dead at the scene. Another man, in his 60s, was taken to Round Rock Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries, ATCEMS said.
    TxDOT warns that RM 620 is closed due to the crash. Drivers
  • New study asks about your pre and post-Uber/Lyft travel habits

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — For the first time, we’re going to get a good snapshot of life before, during and after Uber and Lyft.
    A new survey from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute is asking Austinites about their approach toward ride-hailing apps. An assistant research scientist with the institute, Chris Simek says they want to know what motivates your travel choices.
    “What it all really boils down to is looking at how the entry and exit of Uber and Lyft into and out
  • East Austin’s Nubian Queen Lola’s restaurant finds new home in Taylor

    TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — It’s a story told in every corner in Austin.
    “The rent became too high. We couldn’t afford to stay.”
    It’s a story Lola Stephens-Bell calls her own. She says rising rent and plumbing issues would have taken $10,000 to fix and forced her out of her east Austin stomping grounds when Nubian Queen Lola’s shut its doors last April.
    Questions swirled about where she would go next. Would she reopen?
    About two weeks ago, she did — in
  • Misconduct lawsuit dismissed against Austin ADA attorney Omar Rosales

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Travis County District Court on Tuesday dismissed a Commission for Lawyer Discipline lawsuit alleging professional misconduct against Austin ADA attorney Omar Rosales. The Commission was ordered to pay over $65,000 in attorney’s fees to Rosales, according to a court order.
    The Commission, which is a standing committee of the State Bar of Texas, sued Rosales last September over complaints about demand letters he sent to numerous health care businesses across Tex
  • Billy Graham will lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda

    MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham’s body will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week, the first time a private citizen has been accorded such recognition since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005.
    The two-day viewing in Washington on Feb. 28 and March 1 will be part of nine days of mourning for postwar America’s most famous evangelist, who died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina’s mountains at age 99.
    “America’s Pastor” will b
  • Police: Man pulls gun on off-duty officer during road rage incident

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man allegedly threatened another driver with a gun in a road-rage incident Monday. That other driver turned out to be an off-duty officer.
    The officer, who wasn’t in a patrol car and wasn’t wearing his uniform, was driving north on First Street around 1: 17 p.m. when he was about to stop at a red light at Stassney Lane. According to an affidavit, Michael Tello, 21, turned out of the Walgreens parking lot to head north on First Street and nearly hit the off-dut
  • What to watch tonight in PyeongChang: Ladies free skate in Primetime, men’s hockey semifinals

    We’re entering the final two days of competition in PyeongChang. Medals are on the line in men’s curling, as Canada and Switzerland lock horns for the bronze. Despite falling on a triple-Axel attempt yesterday, Mirai Nagasu looks to wrap up her impressive Olympics with one more eye-catching performance in the women’s free skate, and Shani Davis’ decorated speed-skating career will come to an end after the men’s 1000m.
    Here are all the events on tonigh
  • Man crossing Slaughter Lane struck and killed by driver with a green light

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 23-year-old man who was struck by a vehicle while running across Slaughter Lane on Saturday, Feb. 17 died a short time later, police say.
    The crash happened around 8:40 p.m. at the corner of West Slaughter Lane and Southpark Meadows Drive. Police say a driver in an SUV was going eastbound on West Slaughter Lane when Devon Reed Gerald ran north to south on Slaughter Lane.
    The driver, who had the green light, struck Gerald. Gerald was taken to a nearby hospital where he die
  • St. Bernard puppies rescued from river are now ready for adoption

    UXBRIDGE, Mass. (KXAN) — Rambunctious St. Bernard puppies play with each other in a warm home in Uxbridge, Mass. Soon they’ll find new, permanent places to play, after a story that could have ended very differently.
    A kayaker passing by in the Blackstone River came at the right time to see a bag in the water. Inside was a dozen St. Bernard puppies and their mother. They were all rescued and turned over to animal control earlier this month. The puppies’ father, Buddy, was found
  • Sen. Carlos Uresti found guilty of wire fraud, money laundering

    SAN ANTONIO (AP/KXAN) – A jury in San Antonio has found Texas Senator Carlos Uresti and his co-defendant Gary Cain guilty on multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering, according to reports from media in San Antonio.
    The jurors believed Uresti is guilty of fraud for his role at a now-defunct oil field services company that federal prosecutors say was a Ponzi scheme.
    The San Antonio Express-News reports the 12 jurors, lawyers, Uresti, D-San Antonio, and co-defendant Gary Cain w
  • WATCH: Police conducting full search of Akins High after report of suspicious person

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students and staff at an Austin high school were on “lockdown” for a few hours Thursday morning due to a suspicious person reported.
    The Austin Independent School District Police Department says it responded to Akins High School, which is at 10701 S. First St. in south Austin around 9:30 a.m. Authorities said they were searching for a suspicious person nearby. AISD said the lockdown was put in place around 9:30 a.m. Austin police were called to assist at t
  • WATCH: Parents reuniting with Akins High students after lockdown

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students and staff at an Austin high school were on “lockdown” for a few hours Thursday morning due to a suspicious person reported.
    The Austin Independent School District Police Department says it responded to Akins High School, which is at 10701 S. First St. in south Austin around 9:30 a.m. Authorities said they were searching for a suspicious person nearby. AISD said the lockdown was put in place around 9:30 a.m. Austin police were called to assist at th
  • Former Akins High student arrested, accused of making threats

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students and staff at Austin’s Akins High School were on lockdown for several hours Thursday after a former student made threats about shooting and blowing up the school, police say.
    The Austin Independent School District Police Department says around 8:45 a.m. they received information from a student that a former student got on one of their school buses and made a verbal threat. The suspect stayed on the bus all the way to Akins High School, located at 10701 S. Firs
  • Akins High School in ‘shelter in place’ as police look for suspicious person

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students and staff at an Austin high school are sheltering in place and under a reverse evacuation Thursday morning.
    The Austin Independent School District Police Department says it is responding to Akins High School, which is at 10701 S. First St. in south Austin. Authorities said the Austin Police Department is searching for a suspicious person nearby.
    According to the district’s website, a shelter-in-place is used when there is a release of hazardous materials or i
  • Sulking at silver: Canadian hockey player refused to wear medal

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (KXAN) — It’s hard to face silver when your team was one point away from gold, but one Canadian hockey team defense player went further than merely feeling glum. She initially refused to even wear the second-place medal.
    The U.S. women’s hockey team edged out Canada 3-2 during a tiebreaker shootout Thursday — and that’s only after battling out their intense rivalry for 60 minutes of regulation play and 20 of sudden-death overtime.
    Both teams
  • Student calls 911 from school, says he was sleepwalking

    GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania middle school canceled classes after a student who said he was sleepwalking was found inside the building.
    State police say the seventh-grade student called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to report he was inside Wendover Middle School in Hempfield Township.
    The student told authorities he had been sleepwalking and woke up inside the school. Police say the student entered the school through a window and wandered around for about 15 minutes.
    Police say t
  • Ban saggy pants? That’s exactly what a South Carolina bill would do

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Lawmakers in South Carolina are discussing punishing people who wear saggy pants. A bill in the House would make it unlawful to wear pants too low and that expose “skin or undergarments.”
    It would not be a criminal offense, but offenders could be fined $25 for a first offense; $50 or three hours of community service for a second offense; and $75 or six hours of community service for a third or subsequent offense.
    “It is unlawful for a person to
  • Charges: Minneapolis father beat, raped twin daughters

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 51-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of beating his mentally disabled twin daughters, raping them and chaining them to a bedroom door in a case described as torture.
    The man was charged this week with several felonies, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first- and second-assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult by a caregiver. He is jailed on $750,000 bail, with his first court appearance scheduled Thursday.
    The Star Tribune reported that charges and a pr
  • Texas governor weighs parole board’s advice on inmate’s fate

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A condemned Texas inmate set for execution is awaiting word on whether Gov. Greg Abbott will accept the state parole board’s rare clemency recommendation to spare the prisoner’s life at the urging of his father.
    Thomas “Bart” Whitaker is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday evening for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003 in a plot to collect inheritance. Whitaker’s fathe
  • U.S. women win hockey gold, Twitter loses it

    The U.S. women’s hockey team won its first gold-medal game since the inaugural women’s tournament at the 1998 Nagano Games.
    Steph Curry took a break from basketball to cheer on Team USA.
    USA!! USA!!!
    — Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) February 22, 2018Jim Craig, a member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. men’s hockey team that upset the Soviet Union for Olympic gold in 1980, was also tuning in.
    U-S-A! U-S-A! What a game! Now that’s what I call @usahockey!
  • UT opens new graduate business school

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — After nearly four years of construction, the new University of Texas graduate business school will hold its grand opening Thursday. The Robert B. Rowling Hall will feature 80 study breakout rooms, 23 conference rooms and 17 classrooms. It’s a space that’s designed not just for students but for the entire business community to interact with the next generation of business leaders.
    When the business school set out to design the five-story building with six floors
  • Shooting town hall: Rubio on the defensive on gun control

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was put on the defensive by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures at a town hall after the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives at a Florida high school.
    But Rubio, the lone Republican at CNN’s “Stand Up” town hall Wednesday night, did say he would support laws barring those 18 and under from buying guns, support changing the background checks system and getting rid of bump s
  • Sen. Rubio says he would support raising age to buy rifles

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — On the defensive after the Florida school shooting rampage that killed 17, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, an ardent gun-rights advocate, said he would support raising the age to buy rifles and other restrictions.
    Rubio faced angry students, teachers and parents demanding stronger gun-control measures at a town hall meeting Wednesday in Florida.
    Rubio, the lone Republican at CNN’s “Stand Up” town hall Wednesday night, said he would support laws barring those 18
  • What you missed last night in PyeongChang: Mission accomplished for U.S. women’s hockey

    Going for Gold
    The U.S. vs. Canada women’s hockey rivalry is a rivalry that equals any of the biggest and best rivalries in any sport. Of late, Canada has had the upper hand, having won the last four gold medals in the Olympics. The U.S. avenged that by winning 3-2 in a shootout for the gold medal.
    The U.S. had to overcome a 2-1 deficit in the third. Monique Lamoureux-Morando tied the score at two with just six minutes to go in the third, forcing overtime. Emily Pfalzer scored in the secon
  • Gold at last: U.S. scores third-period equalizer, wins in shootout

    The United States erased the horrors of past performances with a shootout win against Canada to capture the gold medal.
    Joceleyne Lamoureux-Davidson pulled off an incredible deke in the sixth round, while Maddie Rooney closed the door on Meghan Agosta as the U.S. won for the first time since the ’98 Nagano games.
    GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 22: Jocelyne Lamoureux #17 of the United States celebrates after she scores a goal against Shannon Szabados #1 of Canada in a shootout to w
  • Mikaela Shiffrin wins combined silver, Lindsey Vonn misses gate

    Gold: Michelle Gisin (Switzerland)Silver: Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)Bronze: Wendy Holdener (Switzerland)
    Mikaela Shiffrin now has three Olympic medals. The 2014 Olympic slalom champion also claimed the giant slalom gold medal in PyeongChang.
    This was likely Lindsey Vonn’s final Olympic race.
    The 33-year-old became the oldest woman to win an Olympic Alpine skiing medal when she claimed the downhill bronze medal in PyeongChang. She also won the downhill gold medal and super-G bronze medal at the
  • Officers ask for help finding missing 79-year-old woman in north Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are asking for your help locating a missing 79-year-old woman last seen in north Austin.
    Herminia Gomez has health issues that need attention, police said. If you see her, please call 911.
    Gomez was last seen in the 300 block of East Home Place, near the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and West Rundberg Lane, around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    She is described as a Hispanic female, 5-foot-2, 150 pounds, with gray ear-length hair and brown eyes.
    Gomez was last s
  • 79-year-old woman in north Austin has been found

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police say a 79-year-old woman last seen in north Austin has been found.
    Herminia Gomez is safe and was back home as of late Wednesday night.
    Gomez was last seen in the 300 block of East Home Place, near the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and West Rundberg Lane, around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
      
  • Man using smoke bomb to get rid of skunks destroys home

    FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man destroyed a suburban Detroit home while trying to use a smoke bomb to rid a crawlspace of skunks.
    The Detroit Free Press reports the man’s attempt sparked a fire Monday that quickly spread from the crawlspace to the first floor. The fire eventually spread through the walls and attic of the rental property.
    Ferndale Fire Chief Kevin P. Sullivan says the house was a complete loss. He says no skunk carcasses were found.
    Sullivan says the depa
  • ‘This was not a homicide’: Report concludes woman was mauled to death by 2 dogs

    GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Goochland County Sheriff’s Office has concluded its investigation into the death of Bethany Stephens after a medical examiner ruled she was mauled to death by her two pit bulls in December.
    Bethany Stephens’ body was found in a wooded area of Goochland County on the night of Thursday, Dec. 14. The following day, deputies with the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office declared the 22-year-old Glen Allen woman had been mauled to death by the t
  • Handbags for Hope giving domestic violence victims needed resources

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’re already thinking about doing some spring cleaning, consider setting aside some handbags.
    The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Texas Advocacy Project for “Handbags for Hope.” The project fills donated handbags with emergency resource information for victims of domestic violence.
    The bags will go to women living in shelters with their children and will arrive just in time for Mother’s Day — and the kids g
  • A close look at Billy Graham’s friendship with President Johnson

    AUSTIN (KXAN) – Signs of the strong friendship between Reverend Billy Graham and former President Lyndon B. Johnson are on display inside the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin.
    “I think [Johnson] relied on folks like Billy Graham to put things in perspective for him,” said Mark Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Presidential Library.
    Graham, who was the most prominent Christian evangelist and served as counselor to past presidents, passed away Wednesday. He was 99. He hel
  • Teacher sues Austin ISD, claims mold in classroom made her sick

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A teacher filed a lawsuit against Austin Independent School District Tuesday, saying she wants to continue teaching at the district, but fears that teaching at the same school will worsen her health problems caused by mold.
    The lawsuit refers to the teacher as “Jane Doe.” Her attorney Terry Gorman said she does not want to be identified for medical privacy. Gorman explained that she had been a teacher at Travis Heights Elementary “for several years.”
  • Plans changing for future of old Brackenridge hospital campus

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The public entity that controls the former Brackenridge hospital site says it may move away from its strategy for the development of the 14-acre downtown Austin campus.
    Central Health announced Wednesday that Wexford Science and Technology has withdrawn from consideration to be the master developer of the site. University Medical Center Brackenridge hospital services were moved to the brand new Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas at Austin in May 2017.
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  • Border collie mix joins San Marcos police as a therapy dog

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The San Marcos Police Department is welcoming a new and furry member to its team.
    Sheldon Lee Cooper, a border collie mix, is the department’s new therapy dog in training. He is assigned to the agency’s Mental Health Unit and will assist officers on calls by attempting to decrease anxiety and stress that people in crisis may be experiencing.
    Officials say Sheldon will also help mental health clinicians at the Scheib Center, when requested, as the

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