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Aggression toward police officers in Louisiana is now classified as a hate crime, an unprecedented legal expansion roundly criticized by minority rights groups Friday. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards -- the son of a former sheriff -- signed the bill in the southern state Thursday, expanding the state's list of those protected by hate crimes legislation to include law enforcement officials, firefighters and emergency paramedics. "The men and women who put their lives on the line every day, often under very dangerous circumstances, are true heroes and they deserve every protection that we can give them," Edwards said.
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — At least one person has died in Texas and three are missing after torrential rain caused floods that closed roads and schools, prompted evacuations, damaged homes and forced dozens of students to spend the night on campus, officials said Friday as they braced for more rains later in the day.