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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,...
Several truck loads of canned meat, granola bars, peanut butter and diapers are on their way to Houston after a 12-hour-long food drive Wednesday. The event, hosted by the HEB store at I-35 north and Parmer Lane, was co-sponsored by the Capital Area Food Bank. Most Austin-area...
The State of Texas ends its contract with Lehman Brothers Incorporated, just days after the company files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. State Comptroller Susan Combs says the state only contracted with the group to provide marketing and client services to TexPool and TexPool Prime...
A 33 year-old Austin man is arrested for kidnapping after police say they discover him on a Greyhound bus headed for Manhattan with a 15 year-old Austin girl. Austin Police Detective James Scott says the girl had been reported missing on Monday. He says investigators quickly...
flooding2.jpg Texas Windstorm Insurance officials say it’s too early to know the extent of Ike claims. Ike claims just for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association could reach the four billion-dollar mark. In the long run that could cost the state’s general revenue fund about 2...
More and more people are getting their power back after Hurricane Ike. Electric workers have now restored power to one million customers with about 1.8 million to go. Governor’s Spokeswoman Allison Castle says crews are out there working hard. "More than 75 hundred personnel...
A recent survey by CNN shows Georgetown is the second best place in the country to launch a business venture, second only to Bellevue, Washington. One reason: it's a place people want to live. Former Entrepreneur Magazine editor and small business expert, Rieva Lasonsky, says it...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Commercial fishermen in Texas and Louisiana are eligible for federal disaster aid because of damage from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The disaster declaration was announced today by U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. The designation also makes made small...
PRESIDIO, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol say a plane carrying four people, including two International Boundary and Water Commission officials, has been found in a rugged section of the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico. Bill Brooks, spokesman for the Border Patrol in Marfa...