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  • AUSTIN, Texas— Texas fined Blue Bell Creameries for a listeria contamination last year linked to the deaths of three people, but the ice cream maker could end up paying only a fraction of the $850,000 penalty under an agreement announced Friday. The Texas company is required to immediately pay the state $175,000, but the rest will be forgiven under the terms of the...

  • HOUSTON _ Willbros Group Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $6.4 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for a loss of 9 cents per share. Willbros expects full-year revenue in the range of $750 million to $800 million.

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana and New Mexico each gained two, while Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania were up one apiece. Texas declined by three, Alaska and West Virginia by two each and Utah by one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, North Dakota and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • BRENHAM, Texas— Police in suburban Houston say a McDonald's worker has been fired for refusing to serve an officer. Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman says in a Facebook post that "one of our employees, who was off duty with his family, was refused service at a local restaurant simply for being a Police Officer." Goodman tells Houston's KHOU-TV that the owners...

  • HOUSTON _ LyondellBasell Industries on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $1.09 billion. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.54 per share. LyondellBasell shares have decreased 9 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 6 percent.

  • HOUSTON _ Phillips 66 on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $496 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 91 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 56 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $129.3 million. Weingarten Realty expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $2.28 to $2.32 per share.

  • HOUSTON _ Cabot Oil& Gas Corp. on Friday reported a loss of $62.9 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 8 cents per share. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $278 million.

  • HOUSTON _ Gulf Island Fabrication Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $5.5 million. Gulf Island Fabrication shares have declined 35 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Gulf Island Fabrication, Earnings Report.

  • HOUSTON _ Dril-Quip Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $36.1 million. Dril-Quip expects full-year earnings to be $2.05 to $2.25 per share. Dril-Quip shares have dropped 6.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HOUSTON _ KBR Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $47 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 32 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.02 billion.

  • HOUSTON _ Calpine Corp. on Friday reported a second-quarter loss of $29 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Houston- based company said it had a loss of 8 cents. Calpine shares have decreased nearly 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • BOSTON— Former Democratic Vice President Al Gore's daughter and other activists arrested during a natural gas pipeline protest in Boston have returned to court. Karenna Gore, activist Tim DeChristopher and four others appeared Friday in Municipal Court. Houston- based Spectra Energy Corp. says the pipeline will provide a reliable energy source for the...

  • HOUSTON _ Civeo Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $11.5 million in its second quarter. On a per-share basis, the Houston- based company said it had a loss of 11 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • HOUSTON _ Cardtronics Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $20.1 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 77 cents per share. Cardtronics expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.20 to $3.30 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.25 billion to $1.27 billion.

  • HOUSTON _ Forum Energy Technologies Inc. on Thursday reported a second-quarter loss of $28.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 27 cents per share. Forum Energy shares have climbed 21 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HOUSTON _ Halcon Resources Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $374.3 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • HOUSTON _ Westlake Chemical Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $111.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 95 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.03 billion.

  • HOUSTON _ Westlake Chemical Partners LP on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $9.3 million. Westlake Chemical Partners shares have fallen almost 4 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Westlake Chemical Partners, Earnings Report.

  • HOUSTON _ Green Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $3.6 million. Green Bancorp shares have decreased 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Green Bancorp, Earnings Report.