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Friday, February 1, 2008

More South Texas News

I wonder if this will make the national news tonight, especially the first article?

Irish fugitive found at Sarita checkpoint
By SEAN GAFFNEY, The Monitor
February 1, 2008 - 9:46AM
SARITA — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man Monday at the Sarita checkpoint who fled a Northern Irish prison in an infamous escape 24 years ago, the agency said.

Or how about this news, from Cameron County?

County, Democratic Party working to avoid lawsuit
BY LAURA B. MARTINEZ/The Brownsville Herald
February 1, 2008 - 12:01AM
A day after the Cameron County Democratic Party threatened to sue Cameron County, alleging it could be in violation of the Voting Rights Act, county officials were working to resolve the issue. The threat came after Commissioners Court moved to open an early voting precinct in Santa Rosa if the town could pay $3,000 to $4,000 to defray some of the county’s costs.

Good news about the gasoline prices. I tanked up for $2.87/gal at the local Valero Station in Cove
(I paid another $4 for a car wash that did no good, though):

Gas prices still cheaper in the Valley

February 1, 2008 - 9:38AM
HOUSTON (AP) - Retail gasoline prices fell across Texas this week for the third week in a row. Regular self-serve averaged $2.87 per gallon in the 11 cities surveyed, according to the AAA Texas gas price survey released Friday. AAA Texas does not survey gasoline stations in the Rio Grande Valley.
And all these prices are falling while Exxon declares another profit quarter. Hmpf.

There's been an increase in the flu outbreak across Texas, even among people who were already vaccinated this season.

In political polls for the upcoming Texas primary March 4th, Clinton is expected to win the Democratic vote, but Obama is gaining ground. Meanwhile, Govs Perry and Schwarzenegger are endorsing McCain :

Tapping into fresh water from Texas rivers may help the drought?

Austin and Round Rock north of Austin are now on the Homeland Security watch list

While land west of Big Bend goes up for bids, which most likely twill go to the National Park Service
Immigrants are fleeing Arizona and Oklahoma and coming to Texas

Finally, a feel-good article close to my heart:

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