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Poll: US-Mexico border residents feel ignored, oppose wall

In this Jan. 4, 2016 file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Sunland Park, N.M. A new Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News Border Poll released Monday, July 18, 2016, says a majority of residents surveyed on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are against the building of a wall between the two countries. The poll also suggests residents feel Democrats and Republicans are ignoring their concerns and aren't proposing solutions to help their economy and combat drug trafficking and human smuggling. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border are feeling ignored in the midst of a U.S. presidential election in which immigration, border security and a proposed wall are being hotly debated, a poll released Monday suggests. A Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll found a majority of urban residents surveyed on both sides of the border are ...

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Oklahoma repo man takes possession of car with baby inside

baby, carseat

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma repo man got more than he bargained for when he repossessed a car with a baby strapped into the back seat. Tulsa television station KOTV reports (http://bit.ly/2a26gnO ) that the repossession company employee spotted the car Saturday parked at an oil change business in Tulsa. He towed the vehicle to a convenience store where ...

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US rig count up 7 this week to 447

baker hughes rig count

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by seven this week to 447. A year ago, 857 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 357 rigs sought oil and 89 explored for natural gas ...

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Texas retail gasoline prices down 3 cents this week

Vintage gas pumps

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas gasoline prices have slipped 3 cents per gallon this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the statewide average at the pump was $2.06 per gallon. Drivers across the U.S. are paying an average $2.22 per gallon, down 4 cents from a week ago. Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average ...

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AP Exclusive: Texas governor to miss Republican convention

Gov Greg Abbott, Republican National Convention

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will miss next week’s Republican National Convention as he recovers from extensive burns after being scalded by hot water — meaning his state’s large delegation to Cleveland will be without its chosen chairman. Spokesman Matt Hirsch told The Associated Press on Tuesday that doctors said it would be “irresponsible” for Abbott to ...

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Family: Dallas suspect changed after military service

Dallas police shootings, Micah Johnson

DALLAS (AP) — Military service changed the Dallas gunman from an extrovert into a hermit, his parents said in an interview excerpt published Monday. Micah Johnson’s mother, Delphine Johnson, told TheBlaze website in an interview that her son wanted to be a police officer as a child. His six years in the Army Reserve, including a tour in Afghanistan, were ...

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Oil industry headlines from around Texas

Texas oil, pumpjack

From budget cuts to oil spills, here is the news from the Texas oil and gas industry this week. Oil spill photos are finally visible to the public Photos taken by the Civil Air Patrol of flood-related oil spills are now available to the public online, rather than requiring a login and password for the University of Texas website. The ...

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Top Texas energy stories June 26 – July 3

Texas top 5

According to Baker Hughes, the U.S. rig count has increased by 10 this week, with Texas gaining four of the total overall increase. The price of oil is inching back up , playing games with that $50 per barrel mark. Oil currently sits at $48.99, and Brent crude is $50.35. The anxiety associated with the British vote to leave the ...

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Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast

zika

HOUSTON (AP) — The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika. Broken window screens. Limited air conditioning. Trash piles that seem to re-appear even after they’re cleaned up. On a hot, humid day this month, Hotez pointed at one pile that included old tires and a smashed-in ...

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What the Dallas Fed Quarterly Report means for Eagle Ford shale jobs

devon energy oil rig by Pixabay

On June 29th the latest quarterly report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas addressed the capital spending, costs, production levels, employment and overall current business activities of energy companies from Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. From approximately 200 gas and oil companies surveyed, 42 percent stated that they expect their employment levels to remain consistent with those of ...

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