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  • McVeigh's lawyer donated large defense file to UT

    11/23/2007 11:23:25 AM PST · by P-40 · 16 replies · 1,072+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/21/2007 | AP
    Stashed in 700 feet of boxes tucked away at the University of Texas at Austin lies a detailed look at the case of Timothy McVeigh. He's the Gulf War veteran executed in 2001 for bombing the federal building in Oklahoma City. McVeigh lead counsel Stephen Jones of Enid, Okla., donated transcripts, FBI reports, correspondence, videotapes and other materials to UT a few years ago, but the archive didn't become public until a federal court ruled this month that Jones couldn't claim a charitable tax deduction for the gift. The archive sits in the University's Center for American History. It's a...
  • Pasadena man remorseful about killings captured on 911 call, attorney says

    11/18/2007 11:48:44 AM PST · by P-40 · 42 replies · 299+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/18/2007 | By ALLAN TURNER and DALE LEZON
    The Pasadena man who killed two suspected burglars as they left his next-door neighbor's home did not intend to kill them when he stepped outside with his 12-gauge shotgun, his lawyer said Friday. In portraying Joe Horn as a victim of circumstances, lawyer and longtime friend Tom Lambright called the 61-year-old computer consultant "a good family man" who has been devastated by the Wednesday afternoon burglary and shooting. Killed in the incident in the 7400 block of Timberline were Miguel Antonio DeJesus, 38, and Diego Ortiz, 30, both of Houston. Each had a minor previous brush with the law. Records...
  • Range Fuels building the Nation's First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

    07/28/2007 7:45:52 PM PDT · by P-40 · 89 replies · 1,132+ views
    AutoBlogGreen ^ | 7/5/2007 | Shane Addie
    Cellulosic ethanol is the next step in making a definitive replacement for foreign oil. The reality is becoming ever closer, now in large part due to Range Fuels. The State of Georgia has just awarded them a permit to build the first plant to employ their patented technology to produce 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. Part of the apparent brilliance to the K2 process, as it is called, is that it is a modular design, meaning the processing equipment can be scaled to the need and location, and doesn't necessarily require a monstrous factory. Theoretically, a biomass...
  • Nuclear plants protested outside 'Simpsons' premiere

    07/28/2007 4:23:58 PM PDT · by P-40 · 24 replies · 661+ views
    News8Austin ^ | 7/27/2007 | News 8 Austin Staff
    Environmentalists protested a serious cause outside the Alamo Drafthouse in South Austin during the opening day of The Simpsons movie. Three environmental groups, Public Citizen, The Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club and SEED Coalition promoted nuclear awareness while dressed as Springfield's finest. Members of the environmental groups say Texas needs to meet its energy needs with renewable sources, not by turning to dangerous sources. "In the past few months the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has received numerous applications from companies to build new nuclear plants here in Texas and throughout the nation. We think it's too expensive, too risky...
  • Shell, TXU reach deal for Panhandle wind power project

    07/28/2007 4:21:11 PM PDT · by P-40 · 18 replies · 446+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7/27/2007 | AP
    DALLAS -- Royal Dutch Shell and Dallas-based TXU Corporation agreed to jointly develop a wind-powered electricity generation project in the Texas High Plains on Friday. The proposed 3,000-megawatt project would be situated in Briscoe County, southeast of Amarillo. One megawatt of electricity is enough to light 1,000 homes. The deal between Shell Wind Energy and TXU subsidiary Luminant also commits both sides to work together on other renewable energy projects in Texas. Both companies said they'll also research whether compressed air can be stored and used to drive the wind-driven turbines at times of low winds or peak demand.
  • Trybrids? What is this world coming to?

    07/27/2007 8:55:12 PM PDT · by P-40 · 52 replies · 993+ views
    ZAP ^ | 7/27/2007 | Staff
    The Trybrid cars runs with ZAP Eco-Flex fuel: ethanol E-100, gasoline and/or natural compressed gas in any proportion in the same tank. Check out the Obvio ! 828E 100% Electric version. The Obvio ! 828 achieves a fuel economy of 12.5 km/liter (29.40 mpg) in urban driving and 17.3 km/liter (40.69 mpg) during highway driving when equipped with ZAP Eco-Flexible Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) - 1.6 Liter/115Hp High Fuel Efficiency Also available with Obvio !'s "HIGHPOWERSERIES" 170 and 250 HP engines. (All mileage ratings are estimated with 100 percent ethanol as the assumed fuel source, gasoline should yield...
  • Study: Solar power could add 123,000 new jobs by 2020

    07/03/2007 1:32:27 PM PDT · by P-40 · 172 replies · 1,513+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 7/3/2007 | Staff
    Development of the solar energy industry in Texas would have a significant economic impact for consumers, the environment and workers, according to a study released by the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Opportunity on the Horizon: Photovoltaics in Texas finds the benefits of nurturing the solar energy industry will stimulate the state's economy, reduce the cost of power for consumers and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. "Worldwide, the cost of converting sunlight to electricity is rapidly decreasing. The right public policies, combined with emerging and increasingly efficient technologies in solar power, would create a solid opportunity for...
  • Texas Democratic Senate Candidate Offers Up $10 Million

    07/02/2007 6:16:51 AM PDT · by P-40 · 18 replies · 928+ views
    Political MoneyLine ^ | 7/2/2007 | Political MoneyLine Staff
    Mikal Carter Watts, a San Antonio trial lawyer, has set up an exploratory committee for a race to win the Democratic primary and then take on incumbent Sen. John Cornyn in the General Election in 2008. Watts has also filed a statement with the U.S. Senate indicating he intends to expend personal funds totaling $10 million. He listed $3,810,661.81 for the primary and $6,189,333.19 for the General Election, totaling $9,999,995.
  • Company eyes two Texas sites for new nuclear plant

    06/29/2007 9:57:28 PM PDT · by P-40 · 25 replies · 573+ views
    Assoociated Press ^ | 6/29/2007 | AP
    HOUSTON - Exelon Nuclear has identified two possible sites in southeast Texas for a new nuclear power plant. The Illinois-based company is preparing a federal application to build and operate a new plant. Officials said the company hasn't committed to building a plant, but it expects to submit the project application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in November of 2008. The favored prospective site is about 10 miles south of Collegeport in Matagorda County. A secondary site is about 20 miles south of Victoria in Victoria County. Matagorda County judge Nate McDonald said the project would be welcome. The county...
  • 'Home Depot' clause would bar cities from requiring labor sites

    06/28/2007 6:00:10 AM PDT · by P-40 · 78 replies · 1,570+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/27/2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- Home Depot is turning to Congress for help. The home improvement company is tired of local governments forcing it to accommodate day laborers who turn up in its store parking lots seeking construction work. The Senate has attached an amendment to a proposed immigration bill that would prohibit city councils from requiring home improvement stores to pay for shelters and services needed to maintain day labor sites. The amendment is sponsored by Republican Senator Johnny Isakson. He says forcing companies to provide those services in order to receive permits is "extortion." But local officials say home improvement companies...
  • DOE Provides up to $51.8 Million to Modernize the U.S. Electric Grid System

    06/27/2007 8:34:23 AM PDT · by P-40 · 24 replies · 456+ views
    Department of Energy ^ | 6/27/2007 | Department of Energy
    DOE Provides up to $51.8 Million to Modernize the U.S. Electric Grid System Superconductor Research Crucial to Improving Power Delivery Equipment WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today announced that DOE will provide up to $51.8 million for five cost-shared projects that will help accelerate much-needed modernization of our Nation’s electricity grid. This research will advance the development and application of high-temperature superconductors, which have the potential to alleviate congestion on an electricity grid that is experiencing increased demand from consumers. Making investments to modernize our electricity grid; securing a diverse and stable supply...
  • Texas wins federal funding for wind technology center

    06/26/2007 5:47:50 AM PDT · by P-40 · 16 replies · 317+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/25/2007 | AP
    Texas is one of two states chosen to receive federal support to build wind technology testing centers. The $20 million projects are backed by public colleges. U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman says each project will receive up to $2 million from the Energy Department to test equipment to develop large-scale wind blade testing centers. Selected for the federal funds are the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Partnership and the Lone Star Wind Alliance. The Massachusetts project involves building a center along Boston Harbor. The Lone Star Wind Alliance proposes a test facility just north of Corpus Christi, at Ingleside-on-the-Bay. BP, which has...
  • Church group takes some of the sting out of gas prices

    06/24/2007 12:12:28 PM PDT · by P-40 · 16 replies · 413+ views
    News 8 Austin ^ | 6/23/2007 | News 8 Austin Staff
    One Cedar Park church is reaching out to the community by helping to take the pain out of paying at the pump. Northview Community Church held a gas buydown Saturday at a local Chevron station. The church paid 30 cents per gallon off the price of gas. Church members also cleaned windshields. Pat Green, the pastor of Northview Church, said the buyout was a great way to reach out to people. "We thought, 'Let's go out there and let people know our church is here.' We're a new church so it was a great way to meet a lot of...
  • Bill would require weather radios in mobile homes

    06/21/2007 5:47:50 PM PDT · by P-40 · 55 replies · 1,089+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/21/2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- A Fort Worth congresswoman wants manufactured and mobile homes to come equipped with weather radios. Congresswoman Kay Granger's proposal comes after this week's deaths of at least six people in flooding in North Texas. The Fort Worth Republican is co-sponsoring legislation requiring that every manufactured home be supplied with a weather radio. The radio would automatically carry emergency broadcasts of the National Weather Service. The requirement would be part of the federal manufactured home construction and safety standards. The bill is named after CJ Martin, a two-year-old boy killed in a 2005 tornado. His mother helped get a...
  • Bartender says she was fired for refusing to serve lawmaker

    06/21/2007 5:30:00 AM PDT · by P-40 · 72 replies · 2,375+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/21/2007 | AP
    AUSTIN — A former bartender at a Texas Capitol-area bar has sued her old employer, claiming she was fired because she refused to serve state Sen. John Whitmire when he was drunk. A top aide to Whitmire, D-Houston, said she was present that night at the Cloak Room and called the bartender's allegations about the senator a "complete fabrication." In her lawsuit, Rebekah L. Lear said she lost her job at the bar because she refused to serve Whitmire a second scotch on the night of March 8. Lear also alleges that Whitmire threatened to have her fired. Lear claims...
  • Ronald McDonald House gets a solar boost

    06/20/2007 4:15:11 PM PDT · by P-40 · 1 replies · 158+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 6/20/2007 | Staff
    The new Ronald McDonald House at the Mueller redevelopment in East Austin will be solar-powered. Green Mountain Energy began installing a 10.8 kilowatt (kW) solar array Wednesday on the rooftop of the new home for families of sick children. It's the first solar-powered Ronald McDonald House in the country. The 54 photovoltaic solar panels will power up to 15 rooms. There will also be an educational kiosk to explain how solar energy works and how it contributes to energy efficiency. Green Mountain Energy Company is funding the project through its Big Texas Sun Club, a program where Green Mountain customers...
  • Applied Materials goes solar

    06/15/2007 11:46:43 AM PDT · by P-40 · 9 replies · 530+ views
    News 8 Austin ^ | 6/15/2007 | News 8 Austin Staff
    Graphic courtesy Applied Materials Applied Materials is installing 24.6 kilowatts solar arrays to help generate power. It's the largest solar array ever installed at an Austin business site. Unlike most solar arrays that are on rooftops, this array will be mounted on poles along U.S. Highway 290 East in northeast Austin, clearly visible to passing motorists. Applied Materials will begin installing panels later this year that use a variety of state-of-the-art technologies. The project will generate more than 33,769 kilowatt-hours (33.8 megawatt-hours) annually. This pollution-free energy will eliminate 58,370 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to planting eight acres of...
  • TXU to retrofit coal plants with mercury-control systems

    06/13/2007 11:23:05 AM PDT · by P-40 · 1 replies · 471+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/13/2007 | AP
    DALLAS -- TXU Corporation announced it will add systems designed to reduce emissions of mercury from its coal-fired power plants. The company says it's the country's largest voluntary program to reduce mercury pollution emissions. TXU is scheduled to ask state regulators on Wednesday to approve a new coal-fired plant that's opposed by many environmentalists. TXU was joined in its announcement by private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Texas Pacific Group. The two are trying to close their $32 billion purchase of TXU. Waco Mayor Virginia DuPuy says TXU is making a significant commitment to cleaner air ahead of new...
  • Billionaire plans nation's largest wind farm in Panhandle

    06/13/2007 11:19:59 AM PDT · by P-40 · 72 replies · 1,418+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/13/2007 | AP
    AMARILLO - Billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens is planning a wind energy production project for the Panhandle that his people say would be the nation's largest. KVII TV in Amarillo reports Pickens outlined his plans to an invitation-only audience at a close-door meeting Tuesday in Pampa. Mike Boswell is a spokesman for Pickens' Dallas-based Mesa Group. He tells the station that Pickens told the select audience about the water rights Mesa owns in the Panhandle and the amount of wind that blows across the land. He says early plans are to develop most of the generator complex east and northeast...
  • Pricey scratch-off tickets selling faster in poor areas

    06/12/2007 12:06:54 PM PDT · by P-40 · 80 replies · 1,210+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/11/2007 | AP
    Retailers in the state's poorest areas sold about 50 percent more of the priciest Texas Lottery tickets than retailers in the state's wealthiest areas over the past year.That's according to a San Antonio Express-News analysis of Texas Lottery Commission records. Retailers in the state's 10 poorest ZIP codes sold more of the $10, $20, $25, $30 and $50 games than their counterparts in the 10 richest ZIP codes. Taken alone, the $50 tickets, which went on sale May 7, have sold faster in more affluent ZIP codes. But overall, per capita spending on the high-dollar tickets was $25 in the...