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Houston confirms 2 more storm-related deaths; combined Texas, Oklahoma death toll now 19

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston confirms 2 more storm-related deaths; combined Texas, Oklahoma death toll now 19. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. In related news, 12 missing after flooding in Texas sweeps away vacation home. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred ...

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Texas House passes measure to allow concealed handguns on college campuses

AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas moved closer to allowing concealed handguns in classrooms and other areas on public and private college campuses late Tuesday night, as House members gave tentative approval just minutes before the midnight deadline. An hourslong debate over Senate Bill 11, known as “campus carry,” abruptly wrapped up as the deadline to pass Senate bills out of the ...

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Environmental groups likely to ask feds to oversee Texas coal plants

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Alleging that Texas environmental regulators met privately with utility lobbyists before easing pollution reporting requirements for coal-fired power plants, a coalition of environmental groups is likely to ask the federal government today to revisit and tighten permits. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality authorized up to 30 times more soot per hour from power plants than federal standards allow at ...

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Texas oil patches brace for more rains, possible floods

HOUSTON – Texas oilfields could see strong rains and thunderstorms later this week, though they were spared the heaviest flooding that struck central and eastern Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. There were reports of flooded roads in parts of the Permian Basin of west Texas and swollen creeks in the Eagle Ford ...

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Mary Landrieu has a new job in Washington DC

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After tireless focus on energy and environmental issues during her time as Louisiana senator, Mary Landrieu has taken up the flag once again, this time as a senior policy advisor at Van Ness Feldman LLP in Washington, DC. According to the firm’s website, Van Ness Feldman “is a leading, highly responsive law and policy firm providing legal counsel, thought leadership ...

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Clearing the air on Invenergy power plant emissions

With Chicago firm Invenergy’s proposed 1,500-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant looming over Jessup, both sides have made strong claims about the plant’s air emissions. Invenergy’s representatives and air-quality permit application say the plant will only nudge the region’s air pollution levels imperceptibly higher. The company’s recent advertisements claim the plant will even result in “healthier, cleaner air” by replacing coal-fired ...

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The latest on flooding: Texas evacuations up to 1,000

11:45 a.m. About 1,000 people have been evacuated in Central Texas and an evening curfew has been imposed as fast-moving floodwaters have consumed homes, sent downed power lines snaking into neighborhoods and turned roadways into tributaries. San Marcos city spokeswoman Kristi Wyatt said Sunday that shelters are open. Rescue crews used pontoon boats and a National Guard helicopter to pull ...

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