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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 last night but finally came to a decision on the city manager’s contract. The council accepted a mutually negotiated  contract where Dr. Larry Sullivan’s term will end on or before August 2012 when a new city manager will be in place.

Councilmember Bill Miller says the council saved 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 new manager.

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Swepco has signed a settlement with a hunting club and landowners who had sued over the construction of a coal fired power plant in Southwest Arkansas. Swepco says it will not build any more generation units at the plant, and also agreed to not purpose any more coal fired plants within 30 miles of that sire and will not have any future transmission lines cross sensitive environmental sites.

The Sierra Club and Audubon Society are continuing to fight the plant before a federal appeals court and regulators. The plant is being built in Hempstead County near Fulton , just east of Texarkana and currently employees about 1,800 workers at the construction site.

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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 pounding the Minnesota Twins by a score of 20-6 last night in Arlington.

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