Posted: Aug 22, 2013 5:51 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2013 5:51 PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The powerful chairman of the Texas House Appropriations Committee is retiring. Waxahachie Representative Jim Pitts announced today that he will not seek re-election. The veteran Republican has served as the chief budget-writer in the House five times since 2003.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal judge says he expects the second phase of a trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to last 16 days. An order issued today by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said the second phase will be tried in two parts. The first part, which starts September 30th, will explore BP's efforts to stop the flow of oil that gushed from its blown-out Macondo well.
HOUSTON (AP) The AAA travel group says retail unleaded gasoline prices across Texas have risen by an average of a penny to $3.42 a gallon. Triple A Texas says today the national average, meanwhile, dropped by a penny to $3.53. The statewide price is 13 cents less than what Texas motorists were paying at this time a year ago.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The richest one-day rodeo will be held at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, with $2 million in prize money up for grabs. The AMERICAN event announced today will showcase the world's top 10 contestants after the PBR World Finals and WNFR. Other participants will be determined by five qualifying events for each rodeo event in the weeks before the March 2nd competition.