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Gov. Greg Abbott has tapped a longtime Republican lawmaker to be Texas’ new elections chief, a pick who could enjoy a smoother confirmation process following the blowback and scrutiny his two previous picks faced. Jane Nelson, who has served 30 years in the state Senate but who didn't run for reelection this year, was appointed Tuesday to be Texas' next secretary of state, where she will lead the state’s administration of elections and serve as a liaison on border and international relations for the Lone Star State. This comes after her predecessor, John Scott, announced his resignation Monday following a year of working to reassure election skeptics.

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The Florida Legislature will meet next week for a special session on property insurance and property tax relief in the wake of damage caused by Hurricane Ian. The leaders of the Florida House and Senate on Tuesday issued the proclamation convening the Legislature from Dec. 12 to 16. Lawmakers will be tasked with reforming elements of the state’s troubled property insurance market, providing tax or other financial relief related to damage from Hurricanes Ian and Nicole, and creating a toll credit program for frequent Florida commuters. The session comes as Florida’s property insurance market has struggled under billions of dollars in losses, rising prices for consumers and insurer insolvencies.

Stephen Curry is known for scoring deep 3-point shots and buzzer-beaters from half-court but even the celebrated Warriors guard didn’t sink five consecutive full-court baskets, despite a convincingly edited video that swept social media this week. The clip of the 34-year-old phenom racked up more than 28 million views and more than 40,000 shares on Twitter after Sports Illustrated posted it on Sunday. However, the video is “not real,” said Raymond Ridder, Warriors senior vice president of communications. Sports Illustrated acknowledged on Tuesday that the video wasn't real. Its tweet credited the video to Ari Fararooy, a video creator known for similar stunts.