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Former BP Engineer’s Retrial Postponed Again

The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his …

Pharmacist Convicted In Texas ‘Pill Mill’ Operation Sentenced

A licensed pharmacist, who along with four co-defendants was convicted at trial earlier this year for their roles in a “pill mill” operation in Dallas, was sentenced,according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District …

Caliber Collision Opens New Facility in North Texas

Caliber Collision Centers announced the grand opening of its newest state-of-the-art facility located at 451 South Westgate Way in Wylie, Texas. According to Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Collision Centers’ chief executive officer, “Our new Wylie center is our third advanced repair …

Louisiana Tax Assessors Seek Updated Valuation Rules for Oil Wells

A group of Louisiana tax assessors is advocating for a series of property valuation changes that, if approved, could significantly increase property tax rates for oil and gas well operators, as well as revenues for local governments. The proposed rules …

Texas Home Explosion Injures 3, Cause Sought

Three adults have suffered severe burns in a Central Texas house explosion that leveled the home. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says the fiery blast happened before dawn Tuesday at a home near Willis. That’s about 40 miles north of …

Deadline Nears for Arkansas Businesses to Apply for SBA Loans

Arkansas small businesses have three weeks left to apply for U. S. Small Business Administration loans because of the drought that began last July. The agency announced Monday that small, nonfarm businesses in 27 counties have until Aug. 11 to …

Texas Agency Investigated Oil Tank for Leak Prior to Deadly Blast

Texas’ oil and gas regulator had been investigating an oil tank site for suspected leaks before it recently exploded, critically injuring a worker. The Bryan Eagle reports Sunday that the Texas Railroad Commission had been inspecting the site since March. …

Dallas Police Use Civilian Workers at County Jail Despite Risk

The Dallas Police Department is using civilian employees at the county jail to help free up its officers. The Dallas Morning News reports department commanders recently transferred 10 employees to the jail to watch arrested suspects while the county processes …

Louisiana to Use Drone to Survey Levees

South Lafourche’s levees will be viewed through an unconventional eye in the coming months. Levee District Director Windell Curole tells The Courier the district is in the early stages of working on an agreement to have its levees inspected by …

Inmates Injured After Texas Prison Roof Collapses

Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and injuring 20 – 10 of whom went to nearby hospitals. Texas prison system spokesman Jason Clark says wallboard fell from the …

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