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Storms cause fire near Houston, power outages in South Texas

A thunderstorm approaches Houston, Texas. (Image: telwink via Flickr)

HOUSTON (AP) — Lingering thunderstorms were blamed for a fire that damaged an oil field equipment site Saturday near Houston and power outages in South Texas that left more than 50,000 homes and businesses without electricity. Emergency officials said no injuries were immediately reported. Corpus Christi opened a shelter for residents of an apartment complex displaced by Friday night’s strong ...

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Texas city eyes contingency plan for economic changes

The boom has been good to the Coastal Bend. It’s lured jobs and high-profile industrial projects to the port and the oil field. Sales taxes and property values swelled. But a drop in anticipated sales tax growth during the past year — amounting to a $4.8 million shortfall in expected revenue for the city’s general fund — has some officials ...

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Corpus Christi Town Club had storied history

CORPUS CHRISTI — For decades the Corpus Christi Town Club was the place that drew the area’s movers and shakers. Many a deal by South Texas business and community leaders was made in the fine dining room. Couples also clamored to have their wedding receptions in the exclusive venue. “All the biggest oil deals were made there,” said musician Sonny ...

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Construction to begin on sixth LNG export facility in Corpus Christi

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Cheniere Energy, Inc. has announced that the ink on final investments is drying and the awaited liquefaction export project near Corpus Christi, Texas is on the road to completion. On Wednesday, the company’s Board of Directors made the call to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. to commence construction of the first two natural gas liquefaction trains. The CCL Project ...

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Testing of drones in South Texas expanded to border, forests

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A South Texas university’s drone research has been expanded to include air traffic, border oversight and fire prevention. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday announced additional projects using unmanned aircraft. The school has collaborations with NASA, the Texas A&M Forest Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. A&M-Corpus Christi operates one ...

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Texas aquarium accidentally kills nearly all fish in its biggest indoor tanks

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Texas State Aquarium accidentally killed almost all the fish in its two biggest indoor tanks, an aquarium spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. The animals at the aquarium in Corpus Christi died Tuesday when a new medication was introduced into the water in an effort to control a parasite that was resistant to other treatments, spokesman Richard E. Glover Jr. ...

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Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery turns 80

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CORPUS CHRISTI – To hear executives for Citgo Petroleum Corp. tell the story, their 80-year-old plant in Corpus Christi does more than refine crude oil. It helps forge an indelible bond with the Coastal Bend, they say. The petrochemical giant marked the 80th anniversary of its Corpus Christi plant with a weeklong series of events to thank civic leaders for ...

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Area wages climb, while unemployment dips

CORPUS CHRISTI – Jobs in Nueces County are more plentiful and pay better than they did a year ago, but local economist worry the picture could change in coming months because of the region’s strong ties to the energy industry. Nueces County was one among the state’s 25 largest counties where employment and wages rose from the third quarter of ...

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Local, state leaders urge EPA to shelve changes

CORPUS CHRISTI — Houston air blowing into Corpus Christi could force businesses here to pay millions in air quality control measures if a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule change becomes law. The EPA rule change in question is the maximum allowable amount of surface-level ozone, which is measured in parts per billion. Ozone high in the atmosphere shields the earth ...

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Big Foot sighting in the Gulf of Mexico

After years of construction, the colossal Big Foot platform is proving it isn’t just an urban legend. The deepwater offshore rig is finally heading out into the Gulf of Mexico. Although Big Foot was built in Korea, additional work has been ongoing since March 2013 in the Gulf Marine Fabrication yards in Corpus Christi, according to FuelFix. But the rig’s ...

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