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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A man has been executed for killing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a Corpus Christi home. Jose Villegas was put to death for fatally stabbing Erida Salazar, her son Jacob and her mother Alma Perez in January 2001. He became the seventh Texas inmate executed this year.

WEST, Texas (AP) - Residents of West are honoring the past but looking ahead on the one-year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people. There are signs of recovery. But residents know they have a long way to go. Organizers of a memorial service today want to honor the past but make clear that "greater things are yet to come."

HOUSTON (AP) - Five men from Mexico have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a human smuggling operation that held 115 people captive. Each face up to 10 years in prison on a conspiracy count and five years on a weapons count. The five were arrested last month when investigators discovered their stash house in southern Houston.

HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is making his second visit to the Texas-Mexico border since taking office. The tea party favorite is addressing the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce today before heading to Laredo for a roundtable with Mayor Raul Salinas. Cruz has been criticized in Democratic circles for visiting Iowa four times while only coming to the Texas-Mexico border once.

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