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Bridge collapse on I-35 north of Austin

SALADO, Texas (AP) — Emergency crews are responding to a reported bridge collapse along an interstate in Central Texas.

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Amazon begins Prime Now program in Dallas area

If you just have to have it now, as in one hour, you can, at least in the Dallas area, as Amazon.com Inc. announced Thursday it will offer Prime Now.

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Monty Bennett: Businessman, water district activist

Monty Bennett’s name will not appear on the ballot for the Tarrant Regional Water District board of directors yet he remains a powerful backstage player whose influence could shape the direction of the district’s business for years to come.

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Price appeal: Condos going up on Near Southside

Chris Brassard and Omar Diaz had apartments in mind when they built a 12-unit complex on May Street just south of West Magnolia Avenue on Fort Worth’s Near Southside. Then their leasing agent, Will Northern of Northern Realty Group, suggested they consider selling the units as condominiums.

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Texas jobless rate falls as employers add workers

Texas unemployment fell to 4.3 percent during February for the sixth straight month of declines, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

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Oil pipeline foes celebrate barn in project's path

YORK, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline celebrated the completion of a barn built in the project's expected path on Sunday while U.S. officials continue to weigh whether to approve the pipeline.

Pipeline opponents planned several events to thank volunteers and mark the completion of the solar- and wind-powered barn.

Billionaire investor and philanthropist Tom Steyer was scheduled to speak at Sunday's dedication ceremony. Steyer has spent more than $2 million fighting the pipeline that's designed to carry Canadian crude oil to the Gulf Coast.

The barn has been constructed about 15 miles northwest of York.

The groups behind the barn project say pipeline firm TransCanada will have to either destroy the barn or tweak the pipeline route if it gets permission to build the project.

TransCanada first applied to build the pipeline more than five years ago, but it is still waiting to hear whether President Barack Obama will approve a permit for it.

The Keystone XL pipeline is designed to carry oil from Canada across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. TransCanada also has proposed connecting it to the Bakken oil field in Montana and North Dakota.

Pipeline opponents have said they worry that a leak could contaminate underground and surface water supplies and they worry about increases in air pollution around refineries and harm to wildlife.

TransCanada says the project will have upgraded safety measures, including remote control shut-off valves and frequent inspections.

The company also altered the pipeline's path through Nebraska to avoid the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region and a couple towns' drinking water wells.

TransCanada has also split the project into two pieces. The company began construction last year on the southern section of the pipeline between Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.

 

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