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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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Latin-inspired restaurant set to open in downtown Fort Worth

Downtown Fort Worth’s dining scene is about to get spicier with the opening of a new restaurant featuring Latin-inspired coastal cuisine.

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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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Westchester Plaza manager says "business as usual" for now

The future of a redevelopment plan for the 50-year-old Westchester Plaza on Fort Worth's Near Southside is unclear.

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Panel recommends denying Beeville company drilling permit in SW Fla

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A committee charged with providing advice and ensuring compliance for drilling in the Big Cypress Swamp area has recommended denying a permit for a Texas company that wants to drill an exploratory oil well in southwest Florida.

The Big Cypress Swamp Advisory committee's decision Monday is nonbinding but it cheered opponents of drilling in eastern Collier County. The committee is an arm of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection.

In its recommendation to deny the Dan A. Hughes Co., based in Beeville in South Texas, a drilling permit, the committee cited concerns about traffic, disaster response and environmental effects.

The DEP initially approved the oil well in September. The committee's recommendations now go to state administrative judge D. R. Alexander, who is reviewing a permit challenge to the well. Once Alexander makes his own recommendations later this spring, the state will have less than two months to decide whether to issue the permit.

After a daylong hearing, the committee voted 4-1 against the permit. The dissenting vote came from David Mica, executive director of The Florida Petroleum Council. The five-member panel also includes a DEP scientist and environmental experts.

The proposed site for the oil well is east of Naples, near the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

 

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