News For Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Bob Daemmrich

Hearing on Smart Meters Poised to Draw Crowd

After months of fielding complaints about smart electric meters, the Texas Public Utility Commission will hold an open meeting Tuesday to hear testimony from opponents and supporters of the technology. 

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Matt Nager for The New York Times

Amid Fracking Boom, Concerns Over Cancer Rates

Dramatic increases in oil and gas production, and the drilling technique called fracking, have been tied to elevated levels of air pollution in Texas, stirring concerns over health risks like cancer.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Aug. 21, 2012

In Texas, the eruption over a Missouri Senate candidate's comment on rape has exposed a fault line among Republicans over abortion.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Aug. 21, 2012

Your evening reading: Democrats seize on Romney's visit to Midland; federal appeals court overturns cross-state pollution rule; Akin refusing to leave Missouri Senate race

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Bob Daemmrich

At PUC Hearing, a Push for Smart Meter Opt-Out Plan

At a public meeting held Tuesday by the Public Utility Commission, a state representative suggested that the commission create a way for customers to opt out of having smart electric meters installed at their homes.

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