AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Public health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of botulism in Amarillo. Authorities say investigators are en route from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The health district announced yesterday that there are four probable cases of botulism - a rare, potentially fatal illness caused by a nerve toxin. Smalligan said one patient had been taken off a ventilator, but another remained, though was improving. All are adult residents of Amarillo.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The winter storm that left a swath of Texas coated in ice last week is expected to cost Tarrant County $500,000. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley estimated the cost total for the overtime, sand, salt and other measures used to free the county from the ice yesterdayat the annual State of County event. Whitley said county crews worked at least 2,000 additional overtime hours, and spread about 700 tons of sand and 10 tons of salt on roadways.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas teenager has been arrested after brandishing a pocket knife in a confrontation with another student at their high school. Hays High School Principal David R. Pierce told parents yesterday in a letter on the district's Facebook page that the student could be charged with assault with a deadly weapon even though he did not use the knife. The school is in Buda, about 15 miles south of Austin.
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas City Council has decided that drilling natural gas wells will not be allowed to happen less than 1,500 feet from protected areas such as homes. The council voted 9-6 on yesterday to expand the buffer from the current 300 feet. Neighborhood groups and environmentalists banded together to push for the new restrictions.
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