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Posted: Jan 15, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Jan 15, 2014 2:31 AM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) The first five-year review of the nation's only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons says the effort to clean up soil and groundwater contamination at the site has been effective so far. Pantex in the Texas Panhandle was added to the national Superfund cleanup list in 1994 because of past site practices that included burning chemicals in unlined pits, burying waste in unlined landfills and discharging waste into on-site surface waters. The review says the cleanup will continue for years.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas politicians are filing their campaign finance reports, providing a clue as to how well their doing ahead of the March 4 primaries. Texas law requires that candidates and officeholders tell the state Wednesday how much money they've raised since July 15, and how they've spent it. The reports will also reveal the health of the campaigns in the crowded Republican races for lieutenant governor, attorney general and state comptroller.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A state environmental body is to consider whether to force a South Texas town to turn the water back on for its school district so students can return to class. The La Villa (VEE'-yah) Independent School District has asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to issue an emergency order to force La Villa to turn the water and sewer service back on. The city says the district owes about $58,000 in unpaid fees. The district has continued paying its bill at an old rate but objected to a December 2012 rate hike.

(Information in the following story is from: Longview News-Journal, http://www.news-journal.com)

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) Either Carson Joines has been a very popular man in Carthage or nobody else wanted to be mayor of the small East Texas over the past 32 years. City Secretary Debbie Pierce says Jones has announced that he's resigning as mayor of Carthage before his term expires in May. The Carthage City Commission will meet Friday morning to fill Joines' unexpired term.

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