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Down On The Farm In Texas: Poultry And Pollution

Posted on · Americans are now eating more chicken than beef or pork. To meet the demand is an industry some have dubbed "big chicken." Texas has become a major player ranking sixth in the nation for poultry production. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling reports why that's raising concerns about something that might surprise you: pollution.

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Should We Be Wary Of Natural Gas Cheerleading?

Posted on · Americans have heard a lot lately about the promise of domestic natural gas reserves. New technology has made it possible to extract enough natural gas to — as some say — power the country for the next 100 years. Here in Texas, gas drilling has meant jobs, money, and a re-invigorated energy industry.

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Lots Of Oil & Gas Jobs, But Too Few Workers

Posted on · Contrary to some reports, manufacturing may not be dead. Once thought to be victims of competition from overseas, jobs that used to be called "blue collar" are now in high demand in some parts of Texas, particularly in Houston. But as StateImpact report Dave Fehling found, at a time of great need, the funding for educating future workers has been cut.

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Why Are Gas Prices So High? Speculating About Oil Speculation

Posted on · If you've filled up lately, we don't need to tell you gas prices are up. But how much of it can be blamed on oil speculators — those big investors who've been accused of manipulating the price of oil just to make a profit? Our StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into what the government is trying to do about them.

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Pipeline Companies Fight For Right To Take Property

Posted on · The Texas Supreme Court is expected to decide in coming days whether it made a mistake. A big mistake, according to pipeline companies. The court will decide whether to change an opinion it rendered on the rights of land-owners and whether pipeline companies can force their way onto private land.

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Texas Coal, Mexican Strip Mine

Posted on · At first glance it looks like good news. Carbon emissions in the U.S. have been on the decline in recent years. Texas, the country's biggest CO2 polluter has started turning away from coal as a source of electricity. But that doesn’t mean the coal is staying in the ground. For the StateImpact Texas project, Mose Buchele reports on the growing export of U.S. coal and how it’s affecting one small Texas town.