Miss Texas, OK Score Big in Miss America Prelims

Miss Texas earns $1,000 for the lifestyle and fitness category.

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    Miss Texas Kendall Morris, left, and Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson.

    An Irish step-dancing Miss Oklahoma tops contestants in the second round of the Miss America talent competition in Las Vegas, while a swimsuit-clad Miss Texas scores honors in the lifestyle and fitness category.

    Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson took home a $2,000 scholarship for dancing to "Warriors" at Wednesday night's preliminary. The talent portion is 35 percent of a contestant's score.

    Miss Texas Kendall Morris earned a $1,000 scholarship after appearing in a Monte Carlo Komplique swimsuit. The fitness category is 15 percent of a contestant's score.

    One more winner will be selected in each category during a final day of preliminaries.

    In Tuesday's round, Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler won for talent and Miss Utah Danica Olsen won swimsuit.

    The finals are Saturday at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.