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Update: BP is still running tests and will decide Wednesday morning if it will go ahead with an effort to seal the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well by pumping heavy mud into a massive device on top of the breach. BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said on NBC's Today show that if...
Harris County has a whorehouse for sale. Commissioners Court has on its hands the Velvet Touch, a business that operated on Highway 6 South, and will consider this morning how to dispose of it. The county came into possession of the brothel after Houston police shut it down in...
Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have taken down a ring accused of providing fake identities for hundreds of people in San Antonio and Austin. After six months of investigation, ICE agents charged nine people in the case, and seven have been arrested. The...
Texas tourism officials nervously are watching the progress of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but it seems the catastrophe might actually send more business to Texas beaches. Officials from Galveston to South Padre Island said they had been fielding scores of calls...
It takes a lot of paint to keep the lines drawn on Texas highways – more, it turns out, than is likely to be available this summer. A shortage of an obscure chemical compound that gives highway paint its reflective glow will make drawing the familiar white and yellow lines down...
Gov. Rick Perry is writing a book due out this fall that will blast Washington for overreaching and intruding on the rights of states and individuals. Titled Fed Up, it is described by publisher Little, Brown and Co. as a polemic that casts federal policies as a "legitimate...
Frustration with the pace of recovery from the Deepwater Horizon disaster spiked Sunday as oil continued washing into sensitive marshlands and the schedule for the next attempt at stopping the spill slipped to midweek. “We are 33 days into this effort and deadline after deadline...
A federal effort under way to revise flood maps in 17 Texas coastal counties, including Harris and Galveston, could deliver an unpleasant surprise for many communities. The new flood maps, which add information gleaned from Hurricane Ike's storm surge, could place new chunks of...
Nestled alongside a buzzing highway and Grapevine's suburban sprawl lies the future of Texas agriculture. At least Jerry Delaney thinks so. And he has persuaded the Texas Department of Agriculture to help him. Delaney, who planted some of the first grapes in West Texas soil...