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WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said today that the salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 1,440 people appears to be over -- but its ultimate source may never be known, partly because of shortcomings in the nation's food safety system. The Centers for Disease Control and...
HOUSTON (AP) - The president of family-owned Shipley Do-Nuts has pleaded guilty to a federal charge in one of the latest cases against employers accused of hiring illegal immigrants. Lawrence W. Shipley III has been president of the doughnut maker since 2005 and is the grandson...
Gov. Rick Perry has issued a disaster declaration for 61 counties as Texas prepares for a possible brush with Tropical Storm Gustav. Perry says more than 5,000 guardsmen and other state resources are on standby in case the storm comes ashore along the Texas Coast. Forecasters...
Texas Workforce Commission spokeswoman Ann Hatchitt says fewer jobs are being added in Texas, but if you're looking for work, the Lone Star State is still the place to be. "In Texas, we have a relatively strong 2.4 percent job growth rate, and in Austin as well, it's around two...
The flames are out at the Oasis Oil and Gas pipeline that ruptured and exploded earlier this morning. Caldwell County emergency crews say the gas explosion that rocked the tiny central Texas community of Stairtown near Luling could have been much worse. Safety equipment at the...
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says she hasn't been asked to become Republican John McCain's running mate, despite some speculation that the Texas congresswoman is in the running. Hutchison told a gathering of the Texas Association of Counties on Thursday that she doesn't have...
The Austin Fire Department's arson investigation section is looking into a fire that investigators say was deliberately set. It happened at the Chase Bank branch at the Capital Plaza shopping center Tuesday morning. "The Austin Fire Department is requesting the public's...
Sheriff’s Department officials and fire investigators are on the scene of a massive explosion in Caldwell County. Witnesses several miles away tell KLBJ the blast rattled windows and “sounded like a bomb going off”. One witness even says the blast sent a “ball of fire” into the...
“The message we want to get out is when you do things that you're supposed to do there's a reward and there are incentives. Sometimes those incentives are just natural, and some of those incentives we create so that there's some positive reinforcement. The incentives may include...