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Straus Considering Removal of Confederate Plaque

(Credit: Associated Press)

A top Texas Republican wants the accuracy of memorials around the state Capitol reviewed amid calls to remove Confederate monuments.

A spokesman for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Thursday that the powerful GOP leader will work with a Dallas lawmaker who this week singled out one Confederate plaque as "indefensible on historical grounds."

The nearly 60-year-old plaque rejects that slavery was the "underlying cause" of the Civil War. It is one of nearly a dozen Confederate monuments and markers around the Texas Capitol.

Efforts around the U.S. to remove Confederate monuments have intensified in the wake of last weekend's deadly confrontation at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Several Texas lawmakers requested a similar review of Confederate markers following the 2015 shooting of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina.

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