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US rig count steady this week at 787

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week remained unchanged at 787. Houston’s Baker Hughes said Friday that 594 rigs were seeking oil and 193 explored for natural gas. A year ago, with oil prices about double the prices now, 1,595 rigs were active. ...

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Retail gasoline prices slip below $2 per gallon in Texas

COPPELL, Texas — Retail gasoline prices across Texas dropped 6 cents this week to settle at $1.98 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported it’s the first time since 2009 that the statewide average slipped below $2 per gallon. Nationwide prices at the gas pump fell 7 cents this week, to reach an average $2.22 per gallon. Texarkana has the ...

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Defense attorney: Texas lawyer indicted over oil spill fraud

JACKSON, Miss. — A Texas lawyer faces criminal charges after he was accused of submitting thousands of false claims for damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Robert McDuff, a lawyer for San Antonio attorney Mikal Watts, confirmed Wednesday that Watts was indicted in Mississippi and will appear in court Oct. 29 in Gulfport. “I look forward to ...

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Professor: Texas major hub for human trafficking

Several years ago, Sandra Spencer said she blithely assumed sex trafficking was something that occurred outside the United States. “Well, the scales fell from my eyes, so to speak, when I attended the Texas Conference for Women in 2002,” said Spencer, a professor and the director of the Women and Gender Studies program at University of North Texas. Spencer spoke ...

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Retail gasoline prices in Texas, nationwide down 2 cents

COPPELL, Texas — Retail gasoline prices across Texas and nationwide have declined 2 cents per gallon this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the statewide average slipped to $2.04 per gallon. Prices at the pump across the U.S. settled at $2.29 per gallon. Texarkana has the cheapest gasoline in Texas at an average $1.96 per gallon. Drivers in Amarillo are ...

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University of Houston hosts Feb. 26 GOP presidential debate

HOUSTON — The University of Houston will host a 2016 Republican presidential debate on Feb. 26, four days before Texas and 11 other states are set to hold Super Tuesday primaries. Texas had previously been selected as a debate site by the Republican National Committee. The University of Houston announced Tuesday it would serve as host. Final details on the ...

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Perry hearing before top Texas appeals court delayed 2 weeks

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ highest criminal court is delaying for two weeks its hearing on whether former Gov. Rick Perry should be prosecuted on felony abuse-of-power charges. The Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Friday to hold oral arguments on Nov. 18. The court originally scheduled a hearing 14 days earlier. But Perry attorney David Botsford sought a delay, saying he’d ...

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US rig count declines by 14 this week to 795

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by 14 to 795. It was the sixth consecutive week of declines. Houston’s Baker Hughes said Friday that 605 rigs were seeking oil and 189 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. ...

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EPA finds harmful pollutants at Ector Drum site

Environmental Protection Agency officials cleaning up thousands of abandoned oil drums at a defunct business just east of Odessa report a clearer understanding of some of the toxic materials left at the property. About 40 percent of the 15,550 barrels found on the site contained some sort of liquid, often in containers labeled incorrectly or not at all, according to ...

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