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Posted: Apr 11, 2014 4:45 PM

Updated: Apr 11, 2014 4:46 PM

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) A government researcher who hopes to track the long-term health effects of the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill says there are early indications that cleanup workers were 30 percent more likely to suffer from depression than others living in areas affected by the spill. Doctor Dale Sandler of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences says today it's too early to know whether exposure to oil or dispersants would account for higher levels of depression.

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) Midland Mayor Jerry Morales says he wants demolition of the vacant old Midland County courthouse to be started after July 4th. The now city-owned courthouse was built in 1930. The Midland Reporter-Telegram reports the site is to be the location for a skyscraper or two that would be the tallest structures in the West Texas city of about 120,000.

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) A South Texas city is looking to continue using goats to eliminate fire hazards by having the animals chomp away at heavy, dense brush. The Victoria Advocate reports city officials have rented the barnyard animals over the past two months and now are looking to renew their contract with the owners of the goats.

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) The Lufkin area's "Panty Burglar" may have struck again. The Daily News reports a burglary this week in Lufkin where the only missing items were women's or girl's underwear is at least the 17th such break-in over the past two years.

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