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Top News & Analysis Texas

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Gamblers lost nearly $199.7 million at Louisiana's state licensed casinos in September, up from $188 million for August and $196.6 million for September of last year.

  • DALLAS-- Celanese Corp., which makes specialty materials and chemicals, said Friday that it increased its share buyback program by $264 million. Celanese, based in Dallas, has been facing lower pricing in its acetyl intermediates business, a weakened European economy and slower growth in Asia. Shares of Celanese fell 83 cents to $37.38 in morning trading.

  • HOUSTON-- KMG Chemicals Inc. said Thursday that its chairman, company founder David Hatcher, will retire in December and be replaced by another member of the company's board. KMG Chemicals shares fell 12 cents to $17.98 in morning trading Friday. They have traded in a 52- week range of $12.69 almost a year ago to $19.72 in early July.

  • NEW YORK-- Earlier this month, NBA rookie Royce White disclosed that he is afraid to fly and said he expects to travel by bus to play in at least some of the basketball games for his team, the Houston Rockets.

  • HOUSTON-- Schlumberger's exposure to global markets separated it from the pack as the world's biggest oilfield service company posted a 10 percent jump in net income during the third quarter.

  • NEW YORK-- Three small, silver spoons elegantly engraved with the words "Waldorf Astoria" have come full circle: Stolen eight decades ago by an employee of the famed hotel, they passed through two Brooklyn homes and another three in New Jersey.

  • In a scene reminiscent of the Dust Bowl days, choking dust suspended on strong wind gusts shrouded Interstate 35, which links Dallas and Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Mo. Video from television station helicopters showed the four-lane highway virtually disappearing into billowing dust on the harsh landscape near Blackwell, plus dozens of vehicles scattered in the median and on the shoulders.

  • NEW YORK-- The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.

  • HOUSTON-- Weak activity in North America and the falling number of operating rigs in the worldwide drove third-quarter net income down by 61 percent at Baker Hughes. "Activity was less than planned in several key geomarkets for Baker Hughes, resulting in an unfavorable mix," said CEO Martin Craighead. "

  • TransCanada has reaffirmed its plan to restart the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to the Midwest on Saturday, although rainy weather is hampering the company's on-site work. TransCanada shut down the 2,100- mile pipeline Wednesday after tests showed possible safety issues.

  • HOUSTON-- Robbins& Myers saw its net income fall 9 percent in the fourth quarter, partly due to the costs from its $2.5 billion sale to National Oilwell Varco. Analysts expected Robbins& Myers to report net income of 98 cents per share and $276.2 million in revenue.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- TransCanada Corp. has temporarily shut down its existing 2,100- mile Keystone pipeline after tests showed possible safety issues, a federal agency said Thursday.

  • IRVING, Texas-- The average price of gasoline in Texas has fallen 4 cents to $3.51. The weekly AAA Texas survey released Thursday shows that drivers in El Paso and Amarillo are paying the highest prices for regular unleaded at an average of $3.55. Drivers in Texas are paying 23 cents less than the national average of $3.74.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- The U.S. Department of Energy says it needs more time to consider an environmental group's objections to a Texas company's plans to build an export terminal for liquefied natural gas in southwest Louisiana.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- The nation's two largest breast cancer charities have adopted guidelines for fuller disclosure by those selling pink products and services in their names, New York's attorney general said Thursday.

  • HOUSTON-- Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. said Thursday its third-quarter profit tumbled 30 percent from a year ago, as rig revenue and drilling activity declined. The Houston- based contract driller said its net income for the three months ended Sept. 30 fell to $178.2 million, or $1.28 per share, from with $256.9 million, or $1.85 per share, a year earlier.

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and more than 1 in 7 residents without insurance. And so you might think Mississippi would jump at the prospect of billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

  • Southwest Airlines eked out a small third-quarter profit in spite of a September slowdown, the company said on Thursday. Southwest has been using a mix of fare increases and sales to try to get its prices to a level that travelers will pay.

  • KASHAGAN OILFIELD, Kazakhstan-- The manmade islands that are home to Kazakhstan's mammoth Kashagan oilfield project rise like a mirage to the boats churning through the shallow waters of the Caspian Sea. When surveyors confirmed in 2000 that Kazakhstan had a new supergiant oil reserve, the world's energy companies reacted with glee.

  • BOSTON-- Jason Aldean will be making history at one of baseball's most historic sites. Aldean will be the first country music star to play a concert at Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox.