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Crews hope to reopen Houston Ship Channel today as oil spill cleanup continues

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By Juan A. Lozano And Nomaan Merchant, The Associated Press GALVESTON, TEXAS — Cannon booms reverberate across the Houston Ship Channel, a scare tactic to keep birds away from oil-slicked beaches. On a mainland shore near a line of refineries, crews scour the sand for quarter-sized tar balls that have washed ashore. Far on the horizon a few ships floated outside the ...

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El Paso housing authority receives $7.7 million from HUD

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The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso will receive $7.7 million, the second-largest federal allocation to a housing authority in Texas, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Only San Antonio received a larger allocation — $7.9 million. The money will be used strictly for maintenance, improvements and repairs at more than 6,000 public housing units ...

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Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration

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McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Crews armed with infrared cameras planned to work through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. Booms were brought ...

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S.A. ranks among top 10 cities for solar power

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SAN ANTONIO — A top 10 list has shed some light on the importance of solar power in San Antonio. Fast Company reported that the Alamo City is the only Texas metropolitan area among the nation’s leaders for solar power. One Block Off the Grid, a firm that helps homeowners find suppliers and installers for solar panels, last month wanted ...

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EDITORIAL: North Texans deserve more immediate action in response to earthquakes

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For people who live in and around Azle, patience has to be wearing thin. Since November, Azle and Reno have endured a spate of seismic activity believed to be related to 11 wastewater disposal wells used to get rid of wastes from gas drilling’s hydraulic fracturing process, known as fracking. The three-member Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and ...

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St. Tammany council looking for earlier court date

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media Although the court date for St. Tammany Parish Council’s case against Helis Oil & Gas is set for October 27, the council has requested that the hearing be moved to an earlier date, according to Robert Rhoden for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The request for a more timely hearing was made Friday (Sept. 12) after ...

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