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Mexican Senate Committee Backs Embattled State Governor

A group of Mexican senators says the governor of the country's Oaxaca state should remain in office, despite five months of violent protests sparked by a teacher's strike.

The senators were part of a special commission formed to determine whether Governor Ulises Ruiz should be fired for mishandling the crisis. The full Senate will meet Thursday to vote on the commission's decision.

The protests began in May when teachers walked off the job to demand better pay and school funding. But the demonstrations turned violent when other activists critical of Ruiz joined the cause. The protesters have accused the governor of using heavy handed police tactics to break up the strike.

They also say he rigged the 2004 election that brought him into power.

In the latest round of violence, a man identified as a teacher was gunned down Wednesday in Oaxaca City in a drive-by shooting.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.