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Texas Residents Face Rising Federal Flood Insurance Rates

The cost of federal flood insurance is expected to rise for thousands of Houston, Texas, homeowners as Congress looks to overhaul a program that’s billions of dollars in debt. The National Flood Insurance Program provides coverage to more than 300,000 …

Texting While Driving Ban Again Approved by Texas House

The Texas House on Wednesday approved a statewide ban on texting while driving, advancing legislation that either fizzled out or was vetoed in previous years. Forty-six states have laws against texting while driving that typically also ban sending or reading …

Many Still Reeling From Northwest Louisiana Flood a Year Later

Floods a year ago took everything from Vivian resident Gwen Smith. “I lost my home completely,” she said. Before the flood hit on March 9, 2016, Smith had lived most of her adult life in the mobile home. For two …

Hackers Drawn to Oil and Gas Industry’s Lack of Sensors, Controls

Oil and gas companies, including some of the most celebrated industry names in the Houston area, are facing increasingly sophisticated hackers seeking to steal trade secrets and disrupt operations, according to a newspaper investigation. A stretch of the Gulf Coast …

Texas Seismic Study Continues Amid Earthquakes

The state of Texas wants to stick a seismometer on Terry Hill’s ranch, right next to his deer blind. The Houston Chronicle reports Hill, a fourth generation Texan born and raised in this Rio Grande outpost, understands the significance. He …

Oil Firms Sued in Oklahoma Tribal Court Over Quake

An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system Friday accusing several oil companies of triggering the state’s largest earthquake that caused extensive damage to some near-century-old tribal buildings. The Pawnee Nation alleges in the …

Too Early to Talk New Parade Safety Rules in New Orleans

It’s too soon to discuss whether new safety rules will be established after a man accused of driving drunk plowed into a Mardi Gras parade crowd, a New Orleans, La., police spokesman said Monday. “It’s probably a little premature,” Michael …

Mardi Gras Crash Suspect’s Blood Alcohol Level Nearly Triple the Limit

The driver accused of plowing into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, La., had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, police said. The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the …

Launch Louisiana Helps Rebuild Flood-Damaged Homes

“It may not be perfect, but it’s home.” With that in mind, Launch Louisiana volunteer Shanna Forrestall says the local grassroots flood recovery group’s new campaign is “Let’s Rock!” The focus: providing the Sheetrock – drywall – needed by affected …

Arkansas Gem Heist Leads to Arrest of 7 Oklahoma Men

A federal prosecutor says seven Oklahomans were involved in a bold but quick 2015 jewelry store robbery in Little Rock, including two men arrested Monday. U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer said Tuesday that Quinshod Shaw, 27, was arrested in Norman, Oklahoma, …

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