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Texas governor wants more Cuban trade

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott won’t say whether he wants the U.S. to lift the embargo with Cuba even while leaving Havana hoping to expand trade. Abbott on Wednesday ended a three-day trip to Cuba. He’s the third U.S. governor to visit since the countries began normalizing relations last year after a half-century of hostility. Abbott’s eagerness ...

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White House sends Abbott assurances on Syrian refugees

DALLAS — Obama administration officials say their process for screening Syrian refugees is “extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive” in a letter sent to Gov. Greg Abbott after he said he opposed any settlement of refugees in Texas. The letter obtained by The Dallas Morning News lists the various steps of the screening and interview process for any refugees seeking to move to ...

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Candidates for judge scheduled to speak at forum

Four people are scheduled to speak at a forum Monday morning to tell local precinct chairs why they deserve the recommendation to Gov. Greg Abbott for his appointment to the new district court in Ector County. The four people — attorney Sara Kate Billingsley, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Christopher Clark, attorney John Cliff, and Title IV Judge Kathy ...

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Texas payout announced for BP oil spill damage claim

BP is anticipated to pay the largest settlement from a single entity ($18.7 billion) in American history for its April 20, 2010 rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Of that staggering amount, numerous states and surrounding local governments are being compensated for damage claims, including Texas. Texas will receive $788 million, according to a recent report from the Associated ...

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Texas city leaders repeal voter-approved ban on fracking

DENTON, Texas — Leaders of a North Texas city have repealed a voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing by energy companies. The Denton City Council early Wednesday voted 6-1 to drop the fracking ban. The Denton Record-Chronicle says council member Keely Briggs dissented. Fracking involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations to release trapped oil ...

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Oklahoma set to overturn local drilling controls as backlash brews

OKLAHOMA CITY/WASHINGTON – Facing a backlash over the side effects of its oil and gas boom, Oklahoma is poised to overturn an 80-year-old statute that allows cities and towns to ban drilling operations within their borders. The legislation, now being finalized, would help insulate energy companies from local movements that have grown in response to the rapid expansion of oil ...

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Texas House OKs rules to prohibit city fracking bans

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AUSTIN, Texas — Cities and counties in Texas could no longer prohibit hydraulic fracturing under an oil and gas industry-backed measure overwhelmingly approved by the House. The bill passed Friday comes months after the city of Denton banned local fracking over environmental and safety concerns. That ordinance is now being challenged by lawsuits brought by the state and industry groups. ...

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Texas Senate approves $4.6 billion tax cut package

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The Texas Senate approved a bipartisan, but divisive tax cut package Wednesday worth more than $4.6 billion, sending the four-part plan to the Texas House, where it looks to face significant opposition. With scant debate, the upper chamber handily approved legislation that would reduce school property tax bills for homeowners by more than $200 a year on average and slash ...

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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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