One north Hunt County family was evacuated in the early hours of Nov. 6 after an above-ground pumping station began spraying crude oil near their home.
County 911 dispatchers received a call about the leak at 11:39 p.m. on Nov. 5, according to Hunt County Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Hill. A Wolfe City Fire Department crew responded to the site near Farm-to-Market Road 118, just north of the intersection with County Road 4304, Hill said.
For a plan that purports to thoughtfully guide Texas through a more crowded and thirsty future, the 2012 State Water Plan reads unsettlingly like a playbook from the last century: dams to divert already limp river flows, big pipes pumping rural water hundreds of miles to thirsty city centers, and dozens of evaporation-prone reservoirs to fill in for those that have already gone dangerously dry.
Texas has a tough climate. Throughout human habitation here, people have regularly suffered through extended periods of drought followed by violent flooding and storms. But, with all things being equal, things have always managed to return to something we know as normal. So whyÂ should we care about climate change,Â Katharine Hayhoe,Â director of theÂ Climate Science CenterÂ at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, says she is sometimes asked.
A year ago this week, a toll road opened in Central Texas that represented two milestones for the state. While its posted 85 mph speed limitÂ â€”Â the highest in the country â€” drew international headlines, many state and local leaders were more interested in the roadâ€™s unique financing: A private consortium designed and built the road and agreed to operate and maintain it for 50 years in exchange for a cut of the toll revenue.Â
Less than a week after stepping down from the Texas Rangers front office, baseball's all-time strikeout and no-hit leader is stumping for Proposition 6, the ballot measure that would create a new water fund for Texas. Meanwhile, in Northeast Texas, regional planner Bret McCoy explains a detail of Prop 6 at last week's board meeting in Mount Pleasant.
Paris Junior College president Dr. Pamela Anglin submitted her resignation at a special meeting of the college's Board of Regents at a special meeting on Oct. 18. Anglin'sÂ last day at the college will be Dec. 31, 2013.
"The last ten years I have had the pleasure of workingÂ with many wonderful faculty and staff," Dr. Anglin said in a statement.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has been traveling the state, drumming up support for the water-fund initiative that will be on statewide ballots in November. Perry spoke at Lavon Lake on Oct. 10 after having giving similar presentations at San Angelo and Lake Travis earlier in the week. Why is the governor making this issue a high priority?
Kris Kristofferson, the man who lived a dozen different lives before the age that most men are settling into one, isnâ€™t done. Heâ€™s got at least one more role to play on this earthly stage. At 77, Kristofferson has become the thankful one.
I got lucky, I got everything I wanted
I got happy, there was nothing else to do
And I'd be crazy not to wonder if I'm worthy
Of the part I play in this dream that's coming true
Four men are dead after what police suspect was a quadruple homicide in Paris.
updated, 9:10 a.m.
The bodies of Romello Dewain Steward, 18, of Paris; Devante Larry Atkins, 21, of Paris; Brijonne Rashad Woods, 24, of Paris; and Billy Charles Carey, 32, of Garland were recovered by Paris police at a house early Friday morning, according to an official release.
Police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a woman at about 11:23 p.m. last night, police said. She was reporting someone bleeding, the report said.