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EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have rescued two men near the Texas border who were in danger because of extreme heat. Agents say on Sunday they rescued a man who was abandoned by a human smuggler and got lost in the brush near La Grulla. He called 911 and Starr County dispatchers told agents where to find him. They dropped water and took him to another location to be treated for dehydration. On Monday, 911 dispatchers in Brooks County helped agents find man, who was severely dehydrated.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, a figure that's up 14 points since May. Fifty-one percent of Americans support changing U.S. law so that all children apprehended when entering the country illegally are treated the same as those from Mexico or Canada, who can be sent back to their home countries by Border Patrol agents without going through a deportation hearing.

HOUSTON (AP) - A jury has returned a death sentence for a man convicted of capital murder in the deaths of a Houston-area police officer and an auto body shop owner. The Harris County jury deliberated about 12 hours over two days before reaching its sentence Tuesday for 23-year-old Harlem Lewis III. The jury found Lewis guilty last week of capital murder in the Christmas Eve killings two years ago of Bellaire police Officer Jimmie Norman and auto body shop owner Terry Taylor.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Is beefed-up border security worth it? A legislative panel is questioning what Texas will ultimately have to show for the $4.2 million per week it's spending on extra border security amid a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children. Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw told a Texas House hearing that while children aren't criminals, they're crossing the border with smuggling gangs.

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