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Conservation Working, But Water Department Rates Still Rising

Conservation efforts are paying off and water usage is down in Fort Worth. But as people use less water, the city is considering raising rates to cover water department operating costs.

CBS 11–03/24/2014

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Texas Group Wants You To Skip The Shower, For A Good Cause

An Austin-based nonprofit called ‘Well Aware’ builds water systems for impoverished communities around the world. To raise awareness and funds, they have announced the return of their infamous ‘Shower Strike’.

03/20/2014

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North Texans Face Expanded Water Restrictions

More than a million North Texans will face harsh water rules this Spring. The North Texas Municipal Water District is preparing to extend Stage Three restrictions – that means many people can only water their lawns twice a month.

CBSDFW.COM–03/17/2014

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  The gold version of the iPhone 5S is displayed at an Apple store on September 20, 2013 in New York City. Apple launched two new models of iPhone: the iPhone 5S, which is preceded by the iPhone 5, and a cheaper, paired down version, the iPhone 5C. The Gold version of the phone has reportedly become one of the hardest to find and orders are backed-up into October. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Groups Protest Chemicals Used In iPhone

Apple’s labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.

03/13/2014

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Natural Gas Industry Struggles To Keep Promises

America’s plan to use more natural gas may not go as smoothly as expected. There’s plenty of natural gas in the ground, everyone seems to agree. But the harsh weather this winter shows there are obstacles to producing it, and more pipelines have to be built.

03/10/2014

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Good Wildflowers Expected In Parts Of Texas

The forecast is calling for colorful displays of wildflowers in the parts of Texas that received ample fall and winter rains. Some wildflowers are already popping up across the state.

03/06/2014

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Propane Prices Climb As Winter Weather Continues

Ice, snow, and repeated bouts of bitter cold have made this winter one to remember. But, the weather has been more than a hot topic. Weather conditions outside have been costly for folks staying inside, especially North Texans heating their homes with propane.

CBS 11–03/05/2014

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State Electric Grid Operator: 4 New Plants Will Ease Demand

The operator of the electric distribution grid for most of Texas says the launch this summer of new generating plants will ease high demand in the coming months that could require conservation measures.

03/05/2014

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Texas City Working To Turn Sewer Water Into Tap Water

Drastic times call for drastic measures. But what would it take for you to drink tap water that had been recycled straight from the sewer?

CBS 11–02/26/2014

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Rural Areas Benefitting From New Emergency Fire System

With both a Wind Advisory and Fire Weather Warning in effect across North Texas, dry, dangerous conditions should be a concern for everyone. Firefighters in Parker County prepared well in advance for days just like today.

CBSDFW.COM–02/20/2014

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North Texas City Considering Making Water Restrictions Permanent

Last summer North Texans were asked to make water concessions because of the drought, now at least one city is considering making some watering restrictions permanent.

CBSDFW.COM–02/18/2014

The dry banks of a river are pictured on July 14, 2010. (credit: ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Impacts Of Historic Drought Linger In Texas

Almost three years have passed since the rains returned and Texas emerged from a historic drought. Yet there still isn’t enough water.

02/13/2014

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Arlington, Chevy, EcoMedia Partner To Beautify Park

The Chevrolet EcoAd grant paid for green improvements around Randol Mill Park. Those involved hosted a dedication ceremony on May 7, 2011.

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