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   AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost control of the Texas Senate to what he called an "unruly mob" during an abortion debate two weeks ago. He says it won't happen again.

   The conservative Republican has scheduled a vote on Friday afternoon to impose new restrictions on when, where and how women may obtain an abortion in Texas.

   Angry protesters prevented the bill from passing in the final 15 minutes of the first special legislative session by shouting and screaming. When protesters return Friday afternoon, Dewhurst has dozens of additional state police on standby. He says he will clear the Senate if spectators start protesting.

   Democrats say they can do little to stop Friday's vote and the bill will go to Gov. Rick Perry. Abortion-rights groups expect to challenge it in court.

 

   A woman who disappeared while kayaking on the Mississippi Rive near Portage des Sioux Thursday night is safe.

   The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the woman had launched into the river near the My River Home marina in northern St. Charles County around 7 p.m..  She had been gone more than two hours when friends and family became concerned and called for help.

   Rescue boats were launched around 10 p.m.

   A Missouri Water Patrol team found the woman about 11 p.m.  She was shouting for help from an island after being dumped into the river when her kayak flipped.

   Many parents in the Francis Howell School District say they're concerned about the impact of students from the unaccredited Normandy District transferring to their schools.  Several sounded off at a town hall meeting Thursday night at Howell Central High School in Cottleville.  

   Some expresses concerns about resources being channeled to transferring students who are academically behind.  Other's were concerned that about violence that may come to Francis Howell from Normandy, a district that has struggled with violence in its schools.  

   Francis Howell superintendent Dr. Pam Sloan spoke openly about her opposition to the transfers, saying that busing kids to a new district isn't the way to fix a failing one.  

   But not everyone in the district is so concerned.  Francis Howell senior class president Eric Lee cautioned the crowd not to make assumptions about the students transferring in from Normandy.  Lee said it's not right to assume the kids who choose to transfer are going to cause problems.

   District officials won't know until August 2nd how many Normandy students plan to transfer.

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