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Attorney General Greg Abbott, a GOP candidate for governor, is tweeting his approval of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear Texas' arguments against EPA rules for regulating greenhouse gases.

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The Ash Grove cement company will close two higher-polluting kilns and upgrade another in Midlothian as part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

If you stand in front of Almena and Sidney Poray's house in Baton Rouge, La., and look straight down the street, past the other houses and the shade trees, you see more than a dozen plumes of exhaust in various hues of gray and white.

"That's something you see every day, the same thing if not more," says Almena Poray. "Sometimes it's a darker gray; sometimes it's a black smoke coming out."

A federal appeals court says Texas can cut off state funding for Planned Parenthood pending a trial over a new law that takes away the money.

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State officials are revamping the foster care system, and presented an update to the Texas House Human Services Committee Monday.

A military judge has ruled against delaying the trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage.

A federal appeals court is upholding the first federal regulations to reduce the gases blamed for global warming.

The rules - challenged by industry groups and states, including Texas - will reduce emissions of six heat-trapping gases from large industrial facilities, such as factories and power plants, as well as automobile tailpipes.

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Environmental groups opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline are shifting focus to the Corps of Engineers. 

Environmentalists are calling the resignation of EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz a major loss. Governor Rick Perry, who has often criticized the EPA, says the resignation is appropriate. The philosophy Armendariz brought to the office may have lead to his departure.

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EPA regional administrator Al Armendariz said he’s resigning effective April 30 because his continued service would distract from the agency’s important work.

Republicans targeted Armendariz last week over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe his approach to enforcement. Armendariz was videotaped in 2010 while speaking to a group of citizens concerned about the fracking technique used in natural gas production.

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Planned Parenthood groups in Austin, Waco and Dallas-Fort Worth are planning to merge into one organization.

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The North Texas Municipal Water District could lift some of the tough Stage Three water restrictions tomorrow – including twice-a-month lawn watering.

The District’s Denise Hickey says once-a-week watering would be the most likely change. She says recent rains have restored lake levels.

Hickey: Lake Lavon has returned back to full elevation. We’ve received 20 inches of rain there. We’ve had additional rain inflow at Lake Jim Chapman. However, we still remain without 28% of our supply from Lake Texoma.

That’s because they don’t Zebra Mussels to spread beyond Texoma.

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Texas environmentalists are cheering new federal environmental standards that will force coal- and oil-fired power plants to reduce mercury emissions and toxic pollutants or shut down. Industry leaders, however, say they could lead to layoffs and undo strain on the state's power grid.

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Tuesday night a group of Frisco citizens plan to demand the city council use a zoning tactic to close the Exide lead battery plant. The confrontation comes as Exide scrambles to meet government mandates to clean up toxic levels of lead. Shelley Kofler reports lead contamination was the last thing residents expected to find in this upscale community.

Last year Meghan Green had a toddler and was eight months pregnant when she and her husband joined other affluent families moving to Frisco.

Dallas, TX – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a greenhouse gas permit for a natural gas-fired plant in Texas, the first the federal agency has issued since taking over the Lone Star State's permitting program in January.

The EPA announced on Thursday it had awarded the permit to the Lower Colorado River Authority, which plans to modernize and expand the 37 year old Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant in Llano County, Texas.

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