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A statewide group of environmental and energy experts, including many from the UT System, will work together to help prevent future disasters in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion. The group will convene as part of the Gulf Project, a...
After securing a new, tight-fitting cap on top of the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is preparing to begin tests to see if it will hold and stop fresh oil from polluting the waters for the first time in nearly three months. BP expects to know within 48 hours if the new...
Bill White tried to create some daylight between himself and Gov. Rick Perry on the hot-button issue of immigration Monday whiley denouncing Arizona's controversial new crackdown on undocumented immigrants. On Saturday, Perry told members of the National Council of La Raza that...
The credit scores of millions more Americans are sinking to new lows. Figures provided by FICO Inc. show that 25.5 percent of consumers – nearly 43.4 million people – now have a credit score of 599 or below, marking them as poor risks for lenders. It's unlikely they will be able...
Police charged a father with murder Sunday, accusing him of beating his 6-year-old to death because the boy would not fall asleep. Police say the fatal, eight-hour beating was the final episode in at least two weeks of abuse that Tekerrious Jackson suffered since coming to spend...
A man mixing materials to make homemade fireworks was killed Sunday night when he miscalculated and the mixture exploded, authorities said. The incident occurred just after 7:30 p.m. at the man's home in the 5100 block of Sherry Drive on the city's Southwest Side. Police Sgt...
While the weak economy dominated the official agenda at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association, concern over immigration policy pervaded a closed-door session between Democratic governors and White House officials Sunday and simmered throughout the three-day...
The prospective new operators of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie are committed to building a luxury hotel-casino on the grounds of the horse racetrack if Texas approves a major expansion of gambling, Grand Prairie Mayor Charles England says. With lawmakers reopening the debate...
As authorities awaited test results Saturday to determine if BP's disastrous spill in the Gulf is the source of all or just some of the 150 gallons of tar patties that oozed to Texas' coast over the last week, the U.S. Coast Guard stepped up effort to look for signs that trouble...