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Posted: Dec 1, 2012 2:50 AM

Updated: Dec 1, 2012 2:50 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama faces mounting pressure to decide whether to approve Keystone XL, a $7 billion proposed oil pipeline from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast. Environmental activists and oil producers have fought for years over the potential environmental impact in states the pipeline will cross. But it's really a proxy battle over broader issues, like climate change and energy consumption.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) A Dallas-area battery recycling plant has closed in a $45 million deal to end disputes over lead emissions and ground contamination. The Exide Technologies plant in Frisco shut down yesterday. The fast-growing city of about 121,000 north of Dallas will buy 180 acres of undeveloped land owned by the company.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The smiling face of Lady Bird Johnson goes on a U.S. postage stamp dedicated by the U.S. Postal Service in Austin yesterday. The dedication at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin Friday came on the 47th anniversary of the signing of legislation Johnson promoted to beautify America's highways.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Researchers at New Mexico State University are sharing in a $2.4 million grant that will be used to market the benefits of pecans. The researchers are working with colleagues at the University of Georgia and Texas A and M. Their focus is helping pecan growers stay competitive by capitalizing on the crop's nutritional benefits. Georgia leads the nation in pecan production, followed by New Mexico and Texas.

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