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West Texas county alters domestic-partner rules

A West Texas county has modified its employee health plan by changing the language in the policy to remove references to gay couples and domestic partners in order to make it "legally defensible." Full story

West Texas farmers ecstatic about rain forecast

South Plains cotton producer Brad Heffington almost couldn't contain his happiness as he looked at forecasts for rain over the next couple of days. Full story

Study: Distant quakes can affect oil, gas fields

The powerful earthquake that rocked Japan in 2011 set off tremors around a West Texas oil field, according to new research that suggests oil and gas drilling operations may make fault zones sensitive to shock waves from distant big quakes. Full story

Goldman closes Brent/WTI call as spread hits 2.5-year low

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs <GS.N> closed its trading recommendation to buy U.S. crude oil and sell Brent oil on Tuesday as the closely watched spread between the European and U.S. benchmarks reached its narrowest since early 2011. Full story

Train explosion renews call for safe transport

   “In These Times” reporter Mike Elk talks with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about the broader effects of the disastrous chemical explosion in Baltimore.

Magellan may expand newly reversed Longhorn crude line: CEO

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Magellan Midstream Partners LP <MMP.N> may expand its reversed Longhorn pipeline, which just last month started shipping crude oil from West Texas to Houston-area refineries, Chief Executive Mike Mears told analysts on Thursday. Full story

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  Injuries after West Texas explosion,  ‘horrific’

Carol Waddell a resident of West, Texas the small town where that massive explosion at a fertilizer factory  left grief, shock and devastation in its wake, says she “can’t wrap my brain around the people we’ve lost.”    

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Drilling rig workers on March 1, 2013, in West Texas.
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