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The Fracker

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After attending Monday night’s meeting on Azle earthquakes, Static decided to go home, chill out, forget about injection wells and gas drilling for a while, and watch some mindless TV. Ah yes … Sunday’s episode of The Sim...


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Shaking Things Up

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The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry in this state, is looking to add an in-house seismologist to its staff. Why? That remains to be seen. A growing number of people are accusing the natural g...



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A Little Sanity from the IG…

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As reported in last week’s cover story (“Range Wars,” Dec. 25, 2013), the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 issued an emergency order to Range Resources Corp., finding that the company had contaminated the Parker Co...


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What Peace?

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Justice of the Peace Jacquelyn Wright can’t seem to find any. She’s handled small-claims cases in her Precinct 4 courtroom for many years and is seeking re-election in 2014. She submitted a petition with more than the numbe...



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Grease Those Wheels

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City leaders are a bit schizophrenic when it comes to the cluster of homeless shelters on East Lancaster Avenue. They created the centralized complex and herded the city’s homeless people there primarily to reduce the amount ...


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The Music Man Makes Another Sale

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Well, here we are in River City, folks. Don’t mind those little quakes — that’s just the Earth’s way of showing how much it enjoys all that drillin’ and frackin’ and stuff that’s going on around here these days. A...



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Divisive Diversity

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John Peter Smith Health Network officials didn’t take kindly to being characterized as ho-hum on minority hiring (“JPS Under Microscope,” Nov. 13, 2013). “JPS … is an equal opportunity employer,” hospital spokespers...


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An Impressive Record

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TransCanada, the Canadian energy giant running the Keystone XL pipeline from Oklahoma to Port Arthur, has impressed Static several times over the last few years. First, there was the huge, baldfaced overstatement of the number ...



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This Promise Unbroken

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Last month, Static told you about how the long-running play The Promise was in danger of being shut down after 25 years. Somervell County was considering closing its Texas Amphitheatre in Glen Rose due to budget constraints and...


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JPS Under Microscope

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Some local business owners are saying that JPS Health Network doesn’t want to work with minority-owned businesses. “JPS spends millions of dollars monthly on all types of  contracted services and less than one-tenth of one...