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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says four to five thousand cattle and horses perished when Ike came ashore. He says when he toured the coast by air yesterday, he saw cattle, belly-deep in water, and heading for high ground. But he says for animals that survived the...
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says four to five thousand cattle and horses perished when Hurricane Ike came ashore. He says when he toured the coast by air yesterday, he saw cattle, belly-deep in water, and heading for high ground. But he says for animals that...
HOUSTON (AP) - NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston is ready to reopen after shutting down for Hurricane Ike. The space agency said Thursday that JSC will be fully up and running Monday. It shut down last week before Ike slammed into the Texas coast and incurred minimal damage...
HOUSTON (AP) - Hurricane Ike may give some homeowners lagging on their mortgage payments a temporary rescue from foreclosure. Housing Secretary Steven Preston visited Houston on Thursday and urged private lenders to cut some slack to financially strapped homeowners in areas...
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) - Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson says the organization will give $30,000 in grants to groups that help family farmers in areas of Texas and Louisiana hit hardest by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav. Nelson, a native Texan, announced the grants Thursday. They...
GALVESTON (AP) - Officials in Galveston say the barrier island just ``isn't ready'' for residents to return even briefly to the city thrashed by Hurricane Ike. City Manager Steve LeBlanc says Thursday that residents who fled Ike should expect to stay away for at least another...
The Federal Reserve says it pumped $55 billion into the nation's financial system. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's action Thursday came in two operations of temporary reserves aimed at helping to ease a worsening global credit crisis. The maneuver takes place as Fed...
Displaced residents of Galveston are ready to go back home, lining up 20 miles deep on Interstate 45 only to be told they aren't allowed on the island yet. City and state officials are hoping to get those still on the island after Hurricane Ike to leave. They're worried about...
The death toll from Hurricane Ike is remarkably low so far in Texas -- considering legions of people stayed behind in the storm. But officials suspect there are more victims out there and say some might simply have been swept out to sea. Exactly how many is anybody's guess,...