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Posted: Dec 14, 2013 2:30 AM

Updated: Dec 14, 2013 2:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas troopers have increased patrols to watch for drunken drivers during a three-week holiday reporting period. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the additional DWI patrols began yesterday and run through January 2nd. The period includes Christmas and New Year's Day.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas football coach Mack Brown closed his annual team banquet without addressing his future with the Longhorns. In a short, upbeat speech, Brown acknowledged "distractions" for his 8-4 team, but stayed away from any hint of whether or not he'll return to the Longhorns after his 16th season. Brown met with school President Bill Powers and athletic director Steve Patterson before the banquet, the same evening Alabama announced coach Nick Saban has reached a long term contract to stay in Tuscaloosa.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A 107-year-old World War Two veteran from Texas was shocked to meet a fellow veteran even older than him yesterday. Elmer Hill and his elder Richard Overton were all smiles as they warmly shook hands on Friday. Except for the horde of reporters nearby, they then enjoyed a quiet lunch in Austin.

HOUSTON (AP) Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by seven this week to 1,782. The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that Texas gained seven rigs, while Oklahoma shut down six rigs.

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