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Posted: Jan 7, 2014 3:45 PM

Updated: Jan 7, 2014 3:46 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The operator of the electricity transmission grid for most of Texas says this week's freezing temperatures have pushed demand for power in the state to a new winter record. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says electricity use peaked this morning at 57,277 megawatts. The previous winter record was 57,265 megawatts on February 10th in 2011.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A group of Vietnamese fishermen has sued a San Antonio-based lawyer over claims he misappropriated the identities of thousands of deckhands to secure an appointment to a committee of attorneys for victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill. The federal suit alleges Mikal Watts failed to file claims for at least 98 percent of the more than 44,000 clients he claimed to represent.

DALLAS (AP) Federal prosecutors say the last of six people has been sentenced in a nearly $3 million health care fraud case involving Houston and Dallas-area companies. Godwin Umotong of Houston has received a six-year prison term and must pay $880,000 in restitution. He and the others operated Euless Healthcare in Hurst and Medic Healthcare of Houston.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A billionaire donor to the University of Texas says the hire of new football coach Charlie Strong was like a "kick in the face." Red McCombs has donated millions to Texas, and his name is on the football stadium's north side. He has complained he was ignored in the search and publicly lobbied for Texas to hire Jon Gruden.

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