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Cool, wet spring may ease western Plains drought

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

A spring forecast of above-average rainfall in parts of the Plains region is raising hopes for a break in drought conditions plaguing much of the area.

Shelf life of props an ongoing theater debate

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

A few years ago, Dave Morgan got a call from someone asking if he'd be interested in an assortment of oversize fake fruits and veggies. "I said, 'Of course.' Why wouldn't I?" said Morgan, artistic coordinator for Magik Theatre in San Antonio. He was pretty sure he'd find a use for it. And he was right. An enormous strawberry and a giant banana both factored into Morgan's elaborate set for last fall's staging of "Willy Wonka." The giant carrot, however, has yet to strut and fret its hour upon the stage. That's show biz. Live theater — which, in San Antonio, includes Magik, Overtime Theater, The Playhouse San Antonio and Sheldon Vexler Theatre, among others — frequently requires all sorts of odd and everyday items to make shows come to life. So theater companies' storage areas tend to be bursting at the seams with all sorts of stuff.

Emergency managers challenged to educate public

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Two of the country's top disaster experts on Wednesday challenged emergency managers and forecasters from Texas to Maine to help educate coastal residents and developers about hurricane hazards.

Victims in Texas blast choose closure over answers

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Families of the 15 people killed in a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant have spent the year since the blast navigating the difficult balance between moving forward and digging for answers from the past.

Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.

Sen. Cruz raises $890,000 in year's 1st quarter

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz raised nearly $890,000 in the year's first quarter — about half what poured in following his helping lead last fall's partial government shutdown.

Crews to assess damage to rig struck by large wave

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

The owner of an offshore drilling rig is waiting for weather off the Texas coast to improve to assess damage to the rig after it was struck by a large storm wave.

East Texas man killed at home week before trial

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Police in East Texas are investigating the shooting death of a man one week before he was to go on trial for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Houston schools ditch 'Indians,' other mascots

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Four Houston schools are saying goodbye to the Indians, Redskins, Rebels and Warriors.

Executive cleared in Dallas slaughterhouse case

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Dallas prosecutors have dropped charges against one of two executives of a local slaughterhouse they accused of dumping pig's blood into a creek along the Trinity River.