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Federal Judge Approves $20.8 Billion BP Spill Settlement

Apr 5, 2016
Marc Morrison

A federal judge on Monday approved a $20.8 billion settlement negotiated between BP and a group of plaintiffs including the federal government, Texas and four other Gulf Coast statesĀ and hundreds of local governments stemming from the energy giant's 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

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Update, 1:50 p.m. Tuesday: The Coast Guard partially reopened one of the nation's busiest seaports to ship traffic Tuesday, three days after a collision between a barge and a ship spilled up to 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the waters south of Houston.

Authorities said ships were being allowed through the Houston Ship Channel after their assessment teams deemed it was clear enough for passage. More than 100 ships on both sides of the channel were awaiting the reopening.

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