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Posted: Mar 29, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Mar 29, 2014 2:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A key state agency has hired a seismologist, part of an effort to tackle a sudden increase in earthquakes in areas of Texas with significant oil and gas drilling activities. The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates drilling statewide, announced Friday that it had hired seismologist David Pearson.

HOUSTON (AP) One of the biggest Texas liquor store chains has reported a security breach that exposed personal information of customers at some of its smaller stores. The Houston-based Spec's chain said in a Friday statement that the breach exposed data from October 31st, 2012 through March 20th, 2014.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) An algae bloom that can cause some shellfish to produce a toxin has prompted the state to close Texas coastal bays from Matagorda Bay to Corpus Christi Bay to oyster, clam and mussel harvesting. The Texas Department of State Health Services says the move is a temporary and precautionary measure after its crews found elevated levels of Dinophysis algae in coastal waters.

HOUSTON (AP) A 38-year-old Houston-area man has been arrested on charges ranging from explosives possession to attempted interference with commerce by robbery. The U.S. Attorney's office in Houston says Robert Talbot Junior was arrested Thursday after an eight-month undercover investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and is in the federal detention center in downtown Houston. A criminal complaint alleges Talbot aimed to recruit a small group to blow up government buildings, rob banks and kill law enforcement officers.

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