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In Politics, Never Say Never to an Aggie

Ross RamseyNew York Times/Texas TribuneMarch 28, 2013 Link to stories at the websites for the New York Times and the Texas Tribune. PDF of Story: NYTimes Article 3.2013 Familiar with the “never-always” problem? That’s when you lay down a hard and fast rule, and then eat your words when an exception comes along. Consider the case of Gov. Rick […]

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Sudie’s settles Deepwater Horizon oil spill claim

Jeff NewpherThe Friendswood JournalApril 9, 2013 Link to Story Paul Bailey, owner of Sudie’s restaurants, and Friendswood attorney Tony Buzbee have announced resolution of Bailey’s claim related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “The spill created a perception that seafood from the Gulf wasn’t safe to eat. Any business […]

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Millionaire artist who paid boys cash, drugs and cars for sex before settling out of court faces grand jury

DAILY MAIL REPORTERApril 10, 2013 • Evidence against 75-year-old Stanley Marsh 3 is to be presented before a Texas grand jury • Police have said their evidence corroborates ‘the accounts of sexual exploitation of minors’ • Marsh 3 settled out of court with 10 teens in February • Known for putting Amarillo on the map […]

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Texas Refinery Neighbors Sue BP for Billions

BP sold its Texas City refinery for $2.4 billion after making hundreds of people sick in a 15-day release of toxic chemicals that BP denied were harmful, 474 plaintiffs claim in court. Lead plaintiff Samuel Charles Boyd Jr. sued BP Products North America and refinery manager Keith Casey for more than $1 billion in punitive […]

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Tony Buzbee Sworn in as Texas A&M University System Regent

In March 2013, Governor Rick Perry appointed Tony Buzbee as a member of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.  The Texas Senate approved the appointment in April 2013. On April 29, 2013, Governor Perry formally swore Mr. Buzbee in as a regent at a ceremony in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Texas […]

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Darkness on the Plains

Skip HollandsworthTexas MonthlyMay 1, 2013 Link to Story at texasmonthly.com Had I been part of the problem? I first met Stanley Marsh more than thirty years ago, when I was a young newspaper reporter on assignment in Amarillo. He was in his early forties then and one of the most celebrated men in Texas. Reporters […]

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Lawsuit Filed in Marathon Leak

T.J. AuldsGalveston Daily NewsJune 15, 2013Texas City, Texas Marathon Petroleum’s Texas Division refinery is back at full power following a leak that forced the shut down of the refinery last week. That news was greeted by a lawsuit against the company over the leak. Marathon spokeswoman Angelia Graves said that the fluidized catalytic cracking unit […]

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BP Poisoned Neighbors in 2010 Toxin Release, Texas Jury Tool

Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Margaret Cronin FiskBloomberg NewsSeptember 11, 2013 BP Plc (BP/) deliberately exposed neighbors of a Texas refinery to tons of cancer-causing gases for weeks without warning in 2010, a lawyer told a Texas jury. The lawsuits by four residents are the first of almost 48,000 toxic-exposure claims to come to trial. The […]

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Monthlong BP pollution trial goes to the jury

Harvey RiceHouston ChronicleOctober 7, 2013 GALVESTON – Jurors should set an example for other companies that put profit ahead of safety by punishing BP with a multibillion-dollar fine for spewing toxic gases from its former Texas City refinery, an attorney said Monday at the end of a monthlong trial. The plea for punitive damages of […]

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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to University of Houston System Board of Regents

Office of the Governor Rick PerryOctober 15, 2013 http://governor.state.tx.us/news/appointment/ Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the University of Houston System Board of Regents for terms to expire Aug. 31, 2019. Durga D. Agrawal of Houston is president and CEO of Piping Technology and Products, and director of the Agrawal Association of America. He […]

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