Fri March 23, 2012
Texas Officials Approve Radioactive Waste Dump
Texas officials have given final approval to allowing low-level radioactive waste from 38 states to be brought to a Texas burial dump near the New Mexico border.
State lawmakers had already approved bringing the waste to the Texas site. The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Compact Commission voted unanimously Friday to approve final rule changes.
Environmentalists say trucking the waste on state highways is dangerous and fear the burial site could lead to underground water contamination.
Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists insists the site near Andrews is safe and that accidents moving the low-level radioactive waste are infrequent. A company official said shipments could start in May.
New arrest in Texas missing boy case
Texas authorities have arrested a second woman and charged her with kidnaping in the widening case of a Houston boy who disappeared eight years ago and was found earlier this month.
San Augustine County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Gary Cunningham told The Associated Press on Friday the woman in custody, Gloria Walker, is the mother of Krystle Tanner, who was arrested two weeks ago for taking Miguel Morin when he was 8 months old.
Walker was arrested Friday morning at her home east of Austin and jailed in Travis County. She'll be taken to San Augustine in East Texas, where her daughter is held.
The child's parents in Houston are seeking to regain custody of Miguel. Authorities are investigating disclosures they gave up guardianship of their four other children.
Preservation Texas announces most endangered sites
A moveable jail cell has made the Preservation Texas annual list of the state's most endangered historic places.
The nonprofit group announced the sites during a preservation meeting being held through Friday in Austin.
The incarceration unit served as the Hays County Jail in Kyle, where it remained in use until 1925. The cell is currently in San Marcos.
Other sites are the Kaufman County Poor Farm in Kaufman, the Lewis Railroad Hotel in San Augustine, the Magnolia Hotel in Seguin, the Panhandle Inn in Panhandle, the William Pfluger House in Pflugerville and the Ritz Theatre in Corpus Christi.
The list also includes the Spettel Riverside House in Lakehills and Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jefferson.
Preservation Texas Inc. is a partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Texas company recalling some sausage products
A Central Texas company has recalled more than a ton of ready-to-eat sausage products due to possible listeria contamination.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says no reports have been received of anyone getting sick from eating items recalled by Southside Market & Barbeque of Elgin, about 20 miles east of Austin.
The recall involves items smoked and fully cooked March 5. The products were sold in Texas, plus through internet sales in California, Florida, Illinois and Louisiana. USDA says the potential contamination was discovered during routine product testing.
The recall, announced Wednesday, involves about 2,373 pounds and includes 16 ounce packages of Southside Market & Barbeque Original Beef Sausage, lot number 065-E.
Also being recalled are 16 ounce and 48 ounce packages of Southside Market & Barbeque Original Beef Sausage, lot numbers 065-A, 065-B, 065-C, and 065-D.
The recall also includes 16 ounce packages of Southside Market & Barbeque 1882 Hot Recipe Beef Sausage, lot number 065-D.
Consumers can contact the company by calling 512-285-3407.