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Posted: Jan 6, 2014 2:00 PM

Updated: Jan 6, 2014 2:01 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Frigid temperatures across Texas are straining the state's electric transmission grid. The cold knocked out two power plants in north-central Texas and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas is urging customers to conserve power. But ERCOT says rolling blackouts haven't been necessary.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Critics say proposed state rules for health care counselors are designed to hamstring President Barack Obama's signature health program in Texas. Governor Rick Perry -- who opposes the health care law -- says the rules requiring 40 additional hours of training for "navigators" who help people buy insurance are intended to protect consumers.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) Utility bills in Corpus Christi will be a little higher this month. City officials are charging residents of single-family homes about $5 more per month to pay for street maintenance. Apartment dwellers will pay about half that much.

KEMAH, Texas (AP) A Galveston County family is trying to sell the home it got for free from the TV show "Extreme Makeover." Larry and Melissa Beach have taken in dozens of foster children over the years and adopted some of them. They're downsizing and say they no longer need a home with eight bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.

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