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Surveillance
9:14 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land

A 2011 photo shows an AeroVironment Puma drone being prepared for launch by University of Alaska researchers. The FAA says it approved BP's use of the drone to survey oil fields in Alaska.
Keith Cunningham AP

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:24 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued the first permit in its history for an unmanned aircraft to fly over U.S. soil. Oil company BP will use a drone from the company AeroVironment to conduct surveys in Alaska.

The first drone flights under the recently issued waiver have already taken place, the FAA says.

From the agency's news release:

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Energy
5:36 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Tradinghouse Power Plant Demolished, What's Next?

The second boiler at the Tradinghouse power plant site was demolished on June 6, 2014.
Ryland Barton KWBU News

The old Tradinghouse power plant was demolished Friday morning. Luminant owns the plant and property and they have permits to build a new natural gas combustion plant…but they’re waiting for market conditions to improve. With the EPA trying to cut back greenhouse gases, and natural gas production at an all-time high, isn’t this a great time to build a plant? Maybe. 

    

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Texas News
1:44 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Bloodiest Region In Mexico? Right Across From McAllen, Texas

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:20 pm

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Texas Politics
1:42 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Grand Jury In Texas Probes Whether Gov. Perry Abused Powers

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:32 am

A special Travis County grand jury is investigating whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry tried to coerce the Democratic district attorney in Austin into resigning, following a drunk driving arrest.

Education
3:37 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Future of Free Transit Rides Uncertain for Waco ISD Students

Waco ISD's David Ellis stands infront of the Waco Transit Center.

The collaboration with Waco ISD and the Waco Transit to provide free bus rides to help boost attendance for students is in question as the school year comes to a close. Administrators at Waco Transit say the program costs too much and it's unclear if Waco ISD will get more grant funding to keep the project going. KWBU's Jill Ament reports.


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