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Feb 9, 2011

White House supports Mexico border gun rules: ATF

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The White House is pressing ahead with rules meant to slow the flow of weapons to Mexico, a high-ranking U.S. official said on Wednesday, despite fears among gun control advocates that the Obama administration may be backing away from the plan.

In an attempt to curb gun running to Mexico, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in December it would tighten reporting requirements for dealers in several southwest states on sales of multiple semi-automatic weapons.

Feb 9, 2011

Wounded Rep. Giffords speaking again: reports

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Representative Gabrielle Giffords has begun to regain her speech a month after being shot in the head in an assassination attempt, and has even requested toast for breakfast, her spokesman said on Wednesday.

“She is speaking more and more with each passing day, most recently asking for toast,” said spokesman C.J. Karamargin. “The congresswoman is working very hard and clearly it’s paying off.”

Feb 4, 2011

Analysis: Texas vs California: A tale of two budget deficits

AUSTIN, Texas/SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry treated guests at his inauguration to a barbecue lunch paid for by a wealthy businessman. California’s Jerry Brown served taxpayer-funded hot dogs.

The stark contrast in inaugural menus last month highlights the different approaches the two most populous U.S. states are taking to deal with massive budget deficits.

Feb 3, 2011

Texas weathers rolling blackouts as mercury drops

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Texas imposed statewide rolling blackouts for only the second time in more than two decades on Wednesday, after frigid weather shut down dozens of generators, and warned it may be forced to do the same on Thursday.

The grid operator declared an energy emergency after unusually frigid weather shut down 7,000 megawatts of power generators, about 8 percent of the installed capacity in the second-most populous U.S. state. Spot power prices surged 60-fold at one point, and Mexico exported electricity.

Feb 2, 2011

Texas imposes rolling blackouts due to cold snap

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The Texas power grid operator on Wednesday imposed rare rolling blackouts as frigid weather swept across the state, leaving nearly 3 million homes temporarily without electricity.

After the cold snap caused 7,000 megawatts worth of power plants to shut down, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator for the second most populous state behind California, declared an energy emergency.

Jan 22, 2011

Wounded Congresswoman Giffords on road to rehab in Texas

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Representative Gabrielle Giffords has begun what will likely be a months-long recovery at a Houston rehabilitation center two weeks after being shot in the head by an Arizona gunman, medical staff said on Saturday.

The day after Giffords flew in a private plane to Houston’s massive Texas Medical Center from Tucson, she is in the early stages of therapy in the intensive care unit of Memorial Hermann hospital.

Jan 21, 2011

Wounded U.S. congresswoman flies to Texas rehab centre

HOUSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords arrived in Texas on Friday to start the next phase of her recovery at a Houston rehabilitation centre following 13 days of treatment at an Arizona hospital for a gunshot wound to the head.

Doctors told a news conference after the congresswoman’s arrival that Giffords’ transfer went “flawlessly.” They said she would begin physical therapy on Friday but remain for now in the intensive care unit because of a drain in place to remove a buildup of fluid in her skull, which puts her at higher risk for infection.

Jan 21, 2011

Congresswoman Giffords flies to Texas rehab center

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Representative Gabrielle Giffords arrived in Texas on Friday to start the next phase of her recovery at a rehabilitation centre following a 13-day hospitalization in Arizona for a gunshot wound to the head.

Giffords, 40, left Tucson’s University Medical Centre earlier in the day and flew from an Air Force base in Arizona to a Houston airport on a private plane owned by Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta.

Jan 18, 2011

Senators threaten currency bill ahead of Hu visit

WASHINGTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) – Beijing announced $600 million in deals with U.S. companies on Monday, while senior U.S. senators pressed for Congress to get tough with China over “manipulating” its currency, underlining tensions over trade issues on the eve of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s arrival.

A group of senators said it was vital for the United States to pass legislation to punish China if it fails to allow its currency to rise in value rather than manage its rate, giving it an unfair advantage in global trade..

Jan 17, 2011

China starts U.S. trade trip with $600 million in deals

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The Chinese government kicked off a four-day U.S. trade mission on Monday by signing six deals in Houston with undisclosed U.S. companies worth $600 million, according to Chinese state media reports.

The deals came a day before Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in the United States for a visit being billed as the most important U.S.-China summit since Deng Xiaoping’s visit to Washington 30 years ago.

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      "Chris has been a journalist for Reuters since 2001, when he joined the Washington DC bureau as a summer intern. As a correspondent in Washington, Chris covered energy policy, reported on Congress, the Supreme Court and federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency. As Houston Bureau Chief, Chris oversees a team of five reporters and covers general news topics like the BP oil spill, hurricanes, NASA, and national politics. In addition, Chris oversees a team of Power and Gas reporters in New York and Houston."
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