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Cold front brings erratic weather to Texas

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DALLAS — A cold front has brought snow to the Texas Panhandle, hail to the central part of the state and forecasts for freezing conditions accompanied by strong winds. Ron McQueen, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lubbock, says temperatures Sunday in West Texas were in the 80s, but then plummeted into the evening. A half-inch of snow ...

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Officials confirm identity of body found near Victoria Barge Canal

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by Melissa Crowe, The Victoria Advocate, Texas Texas Game Wardens are investigating the death of an experienced angler whose body was found Sunday near the Victoria Barge Canal. Monty Scruggs, a 48-year-old Aransas Pass resident, was thought to be fishing alone in the San Antonio Bay when something went wrong. “From talking with friends and family members, we know he was ...

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AACOG report: Eagle Ford emissions will keep rising

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SAN ANTONIO — An environmental study shows emissions of compounds that can create ozone pollution will keep increasing in the Eagle Ford Shale zone as oil and gas drilling steps up over the next several years. The pollution ultimately could affect air quality — albeit slightly overall — in the San Antonio area, which is teetering on the edge of ...

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Editorial: San Antonio shines as solar city

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San Antonio Express-News Editorial Staff SAN ANTONIO — Let’s look at the sunny side of life: San Antonio is one of the nation’s leading solar cities. The sixth-ranked city, per a report from Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, a nonprofit. The report ranked the leading cities of the 50 largest metro areas in the United States. For states that ...

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Texas roads: Joe Pickett to chair special transportation committee

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AUSTIN — Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, already led the job of putting a massive Texas road-funding measure on the November ballot. Now, House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, has given Pickett the additional job of leading a committee intended to prod the Legislature to take additional steps to ease congestion on overcrowded Texas roads. “Transportation is a top priority ...

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Shale plays push out oil imports

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SAN ANTONIO — As drilling exploded in the Eagle Ford and other shale plays, the rise in oil and gas production last year helped push U.S. energy imports to their lowest level in 26 years, the Energy Information Administration said in a recent report. Growth in the production of oil and natural gas pushed out imports and drove most of ...

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AEM pens pact with Mexican industrials


SAN ANTONIO — Mexico’s national association of manufacturers signed a pact Tuesday with the San Antonio-based Association of Mexican Entrepreneurs (AEM) to find binational business opportunities, particularly those involving foreign investment in Mexico’s energy industry. The San Antonio visit by CANACINTRA, which represents 13 industrial sectors, followed several days in Houston. Delegates opened an office there to be close to ...

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Energy gender gap narrows


SAN ANTONIO — With a shortage of skilled professionals in the oil and gas industry looming, women are entering the field in unprecedented numbers, a change that could help ease the crunch. In the first quarter of 2013, more women than men entered the industry, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show. About 3,900 positions for professionals were added ...

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Public Bears Eagle Ford injury costs


SAN ANTONIO — Expanded oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations have prompted great economic growth south of San Antonio, but many rural communities remain ill-equipped to handle the medical needs of trauma patients in the Eagle Ford Shale. This has created a strain on the city’s trauma centers and left Bexar County hospital district taxpayers footing the bill for millions ...

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Talking Eagle Ford infrastructure with Michael Bernard and Blakely Fernandez

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The rising need for new roads, water-treatment and medical facilities are just a few of the challenges facing communities in the fast-growing Eagle Ford Shale. Michael Bernard and Blakely Fernandez, partners in law firm Bracewell & Giuliani’s public finance group in San Antonio, say South Texas cities and municipalities need to be creative to keep up with infrastructure development. Bernard most recently ...

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