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Posted: Mar 26, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Mar 26, 2014 2:31 AM

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Ship Channel where 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the water over the weekend was nothing more than a bayou a century ago. Saturday's oil spill happened when a barge collided with a ship. The cause is still under investigation. The increase in ship congestion highlights the need for more maintenance, dredging, high-tech navigation systems and other improvements.

HOUSTON (AP) Embattled University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall Jr. accused System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa of dereliction of duty for not moving against UT-Austin President Bill Powers and Powers' finance chief. The allegation is contained in a several bitter emails by Hall. Cigarroa announced his retirement from the chancellorship last month.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Top members of the Texas House are mulling implementation of a new law that overhauled high school curriculum while easing standardized testing requirements. It scrapped the rule that most students take algebra II and other advanced math and science courses in order to give young Texans more flexibility to focus on vocational training.

AUSITN, Texas (AP) Austin police say they've broken what they suspect was one of the biggest human smuggling operations the city had seen in recent years. Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay says a tip led officers to the trailer yesterday afternoon in a mobile home park in southeast Austin. A police tactical squad arrived and found 28 adults.

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