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Lynda Stokes, mayor of Reno, Texas, testified before the Texas Railroad Commission in 2014, voicing her concern about an increased number of earthquakes around Eagle Mountain Lake. The Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry.
Lynda Stokes, mayor of Reno, Texas, testified before the Texas Railroad Commission in 2014, voicing her concern about an increased number of earthquakes around Eagle Mountain Lake. The Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry.

Texas Railroad Commission Rejects Quake Study

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An inquiry by the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas has found that oil and gas activity did not likely cause a swarm of earthquakes around the North Texas towns of Azle and Reno starting in 2013.

The finding flies in the face of a peer-reviewed scientific study of the quakes.

Plummeting Peso Hurting Border Economy

A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.
A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.

The Mexican peso is well below its exchange rate against the dollar compared to a year ago, and store owners on the border are bracing for a prolonged drought of Mexican shoppers. In some cities that could mean a loss of up to 45 percent of business.

Well Explosion Could Pressure Texas Regulators

Ashley and Cody Murray, ranchers in Palo Pinto County, pose with their two children. They allege nearby gas drilling caused methane to leak into their water well before it exploded, severely burning the couple, their four-year-old daughter and Cody's father. Their legal case could put pressure on Texas regulators.
Ashley and Cody Murray, ranchers in Palo Pinto County, pose with their two children. They allege nearby gas drilling caused methane to leak into their water well before it exploded, severely burning the couple, their four-year-old daughter and Cody's father. Their legal case could put pressure on Texas regulators.

A Palo Pinto County family is suing two oil and gas operators, alleging that gas from their wells migrated into the family's water well, which exploded and burned them. While the Texas Railroad Commission has been quietly investigating over the past year, the family's attorney said he has gathered concrete evidence to prove his case.

In Iowa, Castro Makes Debut as Clinton Surrogate

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, talks to staffers from Hillary Clinton's Iowa campaign at a morning campaign event in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, talks to staffers from Hillary Clinton's Iowa campaign at a morning campaign event in Iowa City on Sunday, August 30, 2015.

In his first trip to Iowa as Hillary Clinton's surrogate, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro argued that electing any Republican to the White House in 2016 will be bad for Latinos, given the immigrant-bashing taking place in the GOP's primary.

Racing Commission Future Still Unclear

State Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed the Senate's base budget plan at a Jan. 27, 2015, news conference.
State Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed the Senate's base budget plan at a Jan. 27, 2015, news conference.

Unless lawmakers come up with a deal soon to keep it funded, the Texas Racing Commission is prepared to close down tomorrow. That means all Texas racetracks will be forced to close as well.

Cruz: Congress Poised for Big Battles Over Iran, Planned Parenthood

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, speaking at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 8, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, speaking at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 8, 2015.

Speaking at a Greater Houston Partnership event Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said that stopping the nuclear deal with Iran and defunding Planned Parenthood are "likely to be major battles" when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next week.

State Urges Texas Supreme Court to Drop School Finance Lawsuit

Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller addresses the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The state's highest civil court agreed to hear the state's appeal of a 2014 lower court ruling that struck down the state's method of funding public schools as unconstitutional. (AP/Eric Gay)
Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller addresses the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The state's highest civil court agreed to hear the state's appeal of a 2014 lower court ruling that struck down the state's method of funding public schools as unconstitutional. (AP/Eric Gay)

“Money isn’t pixie dust” when it comes to improving public schools, lawyers for the state of Texas told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing an appeal in what has been described as the most far-reaching school finance case in state history.