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The Defense Department has kept up its immense purchases of aviation fuel and other petroleum products from BP even as the oil giant comes under scrutiny for potential violations of clean-water and oil-spill laws related to the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon...
Months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and its well started gushing oil, BP says it has yet to decide how to handle claims filed by religious groups and other charitable organizations that are endangered because people can no longer afford to contribute. Pastor Dan...
The latest hopes are riding on a massive new skimmer to clean oil from near the spewing well in the Gulf of Mexico, while a local Louisiana parish's plan to block the slick has been rejected by federal officials. A 48-hour test of the Taiwanese vessel dubbed "A Whale" began...
Concerns about hosting an affordable housing complex for veterans here have been eased, but not erased, by new project details released by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Kerrville Mission Homeless project slated to be built and run by River Vista LP should feature 40...
Most participants at the Dallas brainstorming session on the national debt couldn't quite lop $1.2 trillion from the federal budget. But organizers refuse to be disappointed that so few hit the target. "Frankly, that tells you something," said anti-debt crusader David Walker ,...
BP could plug its gushing Gulf oil well by the end of July, ahead of a projected target of August, if weather conditions permit and the drilling of relief wells keeps going smoothly, the newly appointed executive in charge of the company's response said Friday. http://www.chron...
Gov. Rick Perry's former chief of staff will be paid more than $303,000 over 14 months, plus benefits, to help modernize the Texas Department of Transportation, according to an interagency contract signed Friday. Jay Kimbrough, a former Marine who previously was Perry's go-to...
A spending bill approved by the House this week includes a rare Texas-specific provision that would establish strict requirements for the state to get almost $820 million in federal education funds. Specifically, the bill approved Thursday states that in order for Texas to be...
Despite a renewed emphasis on physical fitness in Texas schools, an annual study shows high school students are even more out of shape than last year, and most students are still short of the state's "healthy zone" benchmarks. Fitness tests on 2.9 million students in third grade...