News For December, 2011

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Whooping Cranes at Center of Federal Court Case

A wild flock of whooping cranes flies each year from Canada to the Aransas marshes of the Texas Gulf Coast. As Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, the fate of the endangered birds has spurred a federal court case in Corpus Christi set to begin next week.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / John Rogers

Updated: Grid Operator Warns Summer Blackout Threat Could Recur

In a report released Thursday, the state's electric grid operator indicated that next summer could see a repeat of the rolling blackout threats that plagued Texas past summer. The reason: rising demand for electricity and some power plants going offline.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Midday Brief: Dec. 1, 2011

Your afternoon reading: behind the Perry "train wreck"; Abbott accuses Justice Department of stalling on redistricting; Perry pokes fun at himself in new ad

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Steve Jurvetson

Federal Agency Delays Decision on West Texas Lizard

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put off a decision on whether to declare the dunes sagebrush lizard, which lives in West Texas, an endangered species. The delay has pleased Texas business groups but alarmed environmentalists.

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Bob Daemmrich

In the Meantime

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst released more interim charges he wants Senate committees to consider before the upper chamber gavels in January 2013. And it should be a surprise to few that there's a sustained focus on the Texas-Mexico border.

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Jennifer Whitney

Child Abuse Reports Up as Economy Falters

Experts speculate that a key factor in the increase in reports of child abuse and neglect is the struggling economy. The number of reported cases of abuse has grown 6 percent in Texas since 2008, before the recession.

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