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Officials: 2 Dead; 7 Injured After Texas Chemical Plant Leak

LAPORTE, Texas (AP) — Two people are dead after a chemical leak Tuesday evening at plant in La Porte, Texas, company officials said. The incident happened about 7:35 p.m. and involved an acetic acid leak at the LyondellBasell facility in …

‘Holy Moly!’: Inside Texas’ Fight Against a Ransomware Hack

DALLAS (AP) — It was the start of a steamy Friday two Augusts ago when Jason Whisler settled in for a working breakfast at the Coffee Ranch restaurant in the Texas Panhandle city of Borger. The most pressing agenda item …

Dozens Treated After Chemical Leak at Texas Water Park

A chemical leak at a Houston-area water park left dozens suffering from minor skin irritation and respiratory issues Saturday, authorities said. Twenty-nine people were taken to local hospitals following the incident at children’s pool in Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown …

Okla. Supreme Court Voids Progressive’s ‘Furtive’ UIM Policy Exclusion

An exclusion added to an uninsured motorist policy issued by Progressive Northern Insurance Co. is void because it contravenes state law, a divided Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. In a 5-3 decision, the high court said that an Oklahoma …

Officials: 2 Killed in Natural Gas Line Explosion in Texas

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Two people were killed and three injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in Texas, officials said. The deadly blast happened around 4 p.m. Monday at an Atmos Energy facility in Collin County near Farmersville, about …

Seacor: Pay Debt With $25M in Overturned Boat’s Insurance

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of an offshore oilfield boat that overturned off Louisiana plans to use $25 million in insurance on the vessel to pay down part of the Texas company’s debts. Attorneys for families of men killed …

Texas Girds for Blackouts as Heat Wave Rolls On

Texas is pushing homes and businesses to conserve electricity for a second day in a row to stave off blackouts as a punishing heat wave bakes the western U.S. Temperatures will top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) from Montana …

Judge Tosses Houston Hospital Workers’ Lawsuit Over Vaccine Requirement

A U.S. federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 117 workers at a Texas hospital over its requirement that they be vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes upheld Houston Methodist Hospital’s policy mandating employees be vaccinated, in …

Coast Guard: Capsized Lift Boat Cracking as Salvage Planned

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The offshore service vessel that capsized in the Gulf of Mexico in a deadly April disaster is cracking and will have to be brought ashore in sections, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday. A Coast Guard …

Texas Governor Says Power Grid Fixed; Experts Cite Problems

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Despite experts who say Texas’ power grid remains vulnerable, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott declared Tuesday that new reforms “fix all of the flaws” that caused February’s deadly winter blackout that left more than 4 million people …

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