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Program helps military parents continue storytime

Posted: 12/24/2010 - GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Nestled in a chair at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport while on his way back to Afghanistan, Sgt. Scott Greer opened "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and began reading, a mechanism in the book capturing his voice.

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Gas prices hit high mark across Texas

Posted: 12/24/2010 - IRVING, Texas (AP) - A spike in crude oil prices has pushed Texas retail gasoline prices to their highest point in nearly two years.

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EPA taking over greenhouse gas permits in Texas

Posted: 12/24/2010 - DALLAS (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is taking the unprecedented step of directly issuing air permits to industries in Texas because of the state's refusal to comply with new greenhouse gas regulations going into effect Jan. 2.

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Fed panel: Oil spill evidence tests need to stop

Posted: 12/24/2010 - NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal board allowed to monitor the testing of a key piece of Gulf oil spill evidence - the blowout preventer - is demanding that the analysis stop until representatives of the companies that made and maintained the device are removed from the process.

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DFW has new corporate aviation site for Super Bowl

Posted: 12/21/2010 - GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - A former American Eagle terminal will help handle increased private aircraft traffic at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport during the Feb. 6 Super Bowl in Arlington.

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Prosecutors doubt Stanford's incompetency claims

Posted: 12/21/2010 - HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors are doubting claims by defense attorneys that jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, accused of bilking investors out of $7 billion in a massive Ponzi scheme, is incompetent to stand trial and are asking a federal judge for a second opinion.

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Devil's River State Natural Area saved

Posted: 12/21/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Environmentalists are hailing a state panel's decision to buy 18,000 acres of wilderness along a remote West Texas river without trading a pristine state natural preserve in the bargain.

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Civil rights groups seeking Texas schools review

Posted: 12/21/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two civil rights organizations are seeking a federal review of public school education in Texas, accusing state school administrators of violating federal civil rights laws after curriculum changes approved earlier this year by the Texas Board of Education.

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The Senate could be Texas Democrats' 'Alamo'

Posted: 12/20/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The 101-member Republican supermajority in the Texas House has the power to impose its will on House Democrats. The dozen Democrats in the Senate are viewed as the party's last hope to keep the GOP agenda from making the party opposite irrelevant in 2011.

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Comptroller: Industry-wooing incentives too costly

Posted: 12/20/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A study by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs' office shows the state is paying too much to attract major economic development projects, particularly farms of wind-powered electric generators.

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Names released for 3 killed in La. plane crash

Posted: 12/20/2010 - CROWLEY, La. (AP) - Authorities say they're continuing to investigate what caused a small plane carrying a group of sky divers to crash Saturday in south central Louisiana.

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Ex-soldier talks about slaying of Iraqi family

Posted: 12/20/2010 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An Iraq War veteran serving five consecutive life terms for raping and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her parents and sister says he didn't think of that country's civilians as humans after being exposed to extreme war zone violence.

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Pena to switch to GOP

Posted: 12/15/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A longtime Democrat from deep South Texas is becoming a Republican.

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Texas man sentenced in Iowa in smuggling case

Posted: 12/15/2010 - DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Texas man convicted of transporting illegal immigrants to Iowa, which resulted in the death one of them in a van crash, has been sentenced to over three years in prison.

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Mexican border city hits 3,000 dead in drug war

Posted: 12/15/2010 - CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - Authorities say this year's death toll in drug-related violence in the border city of Ciudad Juarez rose to 3,000 Tuesday after two men were shot dead on a street.

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Senate: Extend review time for offshore drilling

Posted: 12/15/2010 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill moving toward approval in the Senate would increase by 60 days the amount of time the Interior Department has to conduct environmental and safety reviews of offshore drilling projects.

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