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Survey: Gas Prices Jump A Nickel Across Texas

A survey finds retail gasoline prices across Texas have jumped a nickel in the past week.

AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price statewide has reached $3.57 per gallon.

DallasĀ had the most expensive gasoline in Texas this week, at $3.59 a gallon. Amarillo had the least expensive price at the pump, at $3.41.

AAA says continuing tensions in the Middle East have continued to pressure market crude oil prices, leading to concerns about future supplies.

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TexasLiquor Board Announces Spring Break Stings

Texas liquor agents will check businesses along Interstate 35 to make sure they do not sell alcohol to underage students during spring break.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Thursday announced the stings along I-35, as well as other major roads leading to the Gulf Coast.

TABC says obviously underage teenagers, working with the agency, will be going into retail locations and attempting to buy alcohol. The legal drinking age in Texas is 21.

An employee who sells alcohol to a minor can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. Violators can be fined as much as $4,000 and get up to a year in jail.

Business violators can receive an administrative penalty that could include a fine, suspension or cancellation of permits to sell alcohol.

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Stanford Waits To Learn Fate In Fraud Trial

Jailed Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford waits to learn his fate.

Jurors in the financier's fraud trial in Houston resumed deliberations in federal court Thursday.

The jury deliberated about two hours Wednesday after hearing closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Defense attorneys told jurors Stanford created thousands of jobs through his legitimate business empire and never failed to repay investors who bought certificates of deposit, or CDs, from his Caribbean bank.

Prosecutors countered that Stanford bilked investors out of more than $7 billion through CD sales and flushed away their money on a "lavish lifestyle and his loser companies."

If convicted, Stanford could be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. His trial began Jan. 23.

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Survivors Of 1942 Sinking Of USS Houston To Gather

Survivors of the World War II sinking of the USS Houston will gather in Texas this weekend to remember their fallen comrades.

Thursday was the 70th anniversary of the sinking off Java by the Japanese fleet.

The Houston Chronicle reports the ship carried 1,068 crewmen, but less than 300 survived the sinking and being prisoners of war.

Howard Brooks was an electrician's mate on the USS Houston during World War II. Brooks leaped from theĀ burning warship and made it to a raft. He was captured by the Japanese and spent more than three years as a POW.

The 92-year-old veteran from Mount Laurel, N.J., plans to attend the reunion in Houston. Brooks says it's been a "very quick 70 years" since the sinking.

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