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Posted: May 12, 2014 6:01 AM

Updated: May 12, 2014 6:01 AM

FRITCH, Texas (AP) Emergency officials say about 75 homes are destroyed and hundreds of people have evacuated the area after a wildfire burned near a small town in the Texas Panhandle. The Texas Department of Public Safety says no one has been hurt in the fire that started that afternoon near Fritch. The National Weather Service says winds were gusting up to 30 mph in the area early this morning.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A group of state lawmakers have spent months investigating University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall's efforts to oust the president of the Austin campus. The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations will meet today to vote on whether Hall's conduct warrants a recommendation that he be impeached.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) Research by several universities has found that methane gas released into the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 oil spill lingered longer than expected. The natural process has eliminated much of the gas, but at a slower rate than expected. Methane concentrations rose to more than 40,000 times normal levels after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) The Humane Society of North Texas says veterinarians are optimistic about a pony who shielded her foal in a barn fire. Bella and Butterscotch have received round-the-clock treatment at a Decatur equine clinic. Bella was found on top of Butterscotch. Bella shielded the foal from flames but received serious burns over much of her body.

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