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Filing: Valero boiler had history of problems

TEXAS CITY — A boiler that exploded Friday night killing one person and injuring two others at Valero’s Texas City refinery had a history of problems, according to a court filing made on behalf of one of the injured workers. Valero electrical technician Tommy Manis was killed when the concussion from the pressure blast slammed […]

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School district seeks to quash depositions

A Galveston County judge said she would decide early next week whether to allow a law firm to question school officials in the death of a student-athlete who collapsed on a basketball court in January. Probate Judge Gladys Burwell heard arguments Friday from Sean O’Rourke of the Buzbee Law Firm, which is investigating the death of […]

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CSB member sees BP Texas plant safety improving

Managers at BP Plc's refinery in Texas City, Texas, are headed in the right direction to improve safety at the plant, where a 2005 explosion killed 15 workers and injured 180, a member of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said at an industry conference this week. William Wark said he was speaking for himself, and […]

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Woman Sues Over Bug Bomb Blast

A woman injured in an apartment explosion caused by a proliferation of bug foggers is suing the owners of the apartment complex. Myra Miles-Brown suffered back injuries and hearing loss in the Feb. 3 blast, which was caused by what police said were too many of the devices commonly known as bug bombs going off […]

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Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Special Needs Students

A Texas City substitute school teacher is on suspension after he was accused of sexually assaulting two special needs students. The parents of a six-year-old Down's syndrome girl say their child told them a Heights Elementary substitute teacher hurt her. Attorney Tony Buzbee is representing another family that came forward, accusing the same substitute teacher […]

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Galveston Judge Admonishes Wal-Mart For Pretrial Conduct

A federal judge has fined Wal-Mart, accusing the giant discount chain of "nefarious conduct" in a string of lawsuits, including one about to go trial involving the injuries of a girl burned while wearing a garment bought at one of its stores. Galveston U.S. District Judge Sam Kent, calling its conduct "grossly inappropriate," ordered the […]

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City worker’s family files suit over his death

The family of a Houston equipment operator, killed when his work truck rolled over him last month, says the city is responsible for the man’s death because it neglected to properly inspect and maintain the vehicle. According to the family’s lawsuit filed against the city of Houston, municipal workers failed to adequately inspect or repair […]

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OSHA launches death investigation at Texas City plant

TEXAS CITY — Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on site of the Dallas Group of America’s Texas City plant Monday trying to find how and why a 26-year-old Texas City man was killed on the job during the weekend. The family of Virgel James Stoker also retained plaintiff’s attorney Tony Buzbee […]

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Feds: Explosion may have caused BP death

TEXAS CITY — Federal investigators said it was possible that an explosion in a water filtration vessel at BP’s Texas City refinery caused a heavy metal lid to fly off, killing a worker in January. The officials said this was just one possibility being considered as part of an investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety […]

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BP faces fresh Texas City probe

The US government said yesterday that it would open another full investigation into BP's biggest refinery after continued accidents raised questions about safety three years after an explosion killed 15 people at the Texas facility. The US Chemical Safety Board, which conducted an exhaustive two-year probe into the 2005 fatal blast at Texas City, returned […]

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