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J.W.’s News Update: Tuesday July 26, 2011

Good Tuesday, Here are some stories making headlines today:

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The Texarkana Texas City Council worked past midnight but finally made a decision on the city managers contract. The council agreed to accept a mutually negotiated contract where Dr. Sullivan will end his term as manager on or before August 2012 when a new city manager will be in place.

Councilmember Bill Miller says the council saved the city between $250 and $500,000 thousand dollars. Miller says the search for a new city manager should begin after the upcoming budget process and will allow time for a proper search and orderly transition to a a new manager.

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Swepco  says it has signed a settlement with a hunting club and landowners over the construction of that coal fired power plant in Southwest Arkansas. Swepco will not add any more generation units at the plant in Hempstead County near Fulton, East of Texarkana. 

The company also will not propose any more coal fired plants within 30 miles of that site and no future transmission lines will cross sensitive environmental sites. The Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society are continuing to fight the plant before a federal appeals court and regulators.

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In Sports:

The Texas Rangers have increased their lead in the American League West to 4 games over the LA A ngels after the Rangers pounded the Minnesota Twins 20-6 last night in Arlington.

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