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Eagle Could Lay Off Workers

Dec 15, 2011

American Eagle, the regional airline affiliate of American Airlines, may furlough more than 220 Texas-based pilots and flight attendants in February to cut costs under bankruptcy protection.

American Eagle vice-president Cathy McCann told the Texas Workforce Commission that 119 pilots and 104 flight attendants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area could lose their jobs around Feb. 13th.

Fort Worth-based American has about 74,000 employees, and Eagle has about 14,000, including part-timers. Parent company AMR Corp. filed for Chapter 11 protection Nov. 29th.

AMR's new CEO, Thomas W. Horton, told employees today/Thursday that the company will cut jobs as it goes through bankruptcy, but he didn't give numbers.

Dallas Officer Disciplined for Occupy Dallas "Push"

The Police officer seen on video "pushing" an Occupy Dallas protester is suspended for one day, and cannot work off-duty jobs for 60 days. Dallas Police Internal Affairs determined Officer Jimmy Hollis used unnecessary force.

Hollis had denied pushing the protester off a planter. A video provided later showed the "push".

Chief David Brown has asked the District Attorney to dismiss all "use of sidewalk" charges issued during that event. The protester that was pushed was subsequently arrested for assaulting a different police officer. The Chief is asking the District Attorney to be neutral -- not to speak for or against an indictment when the case goes to the grand jury.

Arlington police: victim likely good Samaritan

Authorities have released the identities of two Arlington men killed in a deadly North Texas car crash and shooting.

Arlington police say a sport utility vehicle driver slammed his vehicle into a pickup truck, killing the truck's driver, then shot another man who was approaching to help.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office identifies the dead motorist as 42-year-old Najee Nasir and the dead good Samaritan as 18-year-old Clarence Robinson.

Thomas Lester Harper is jailed on single murder and intoxication manslaughter counts and two counts of child abandonment and endangerment. His twin toddlers were with him Wednesday and suffered minor injuries.

Bond has been set at $555,000 for Harper. Electronic jail records did not list an attorney for him.

Authorities are working to identify the two men who died.

Texas approves plan accessing future water needs

The Texas Water Development Board has approved the latest plan to help the state meet its water needs through 2060.

The challenge is especially acute given that Texas continues to suffer through its worst single-year drought on record.

Board members Thursday passed the 2012 installment of a report that is released every five years. It says Texas' population may grow 82 percent by 2060, increasing water demand 22 percent while supply drops 10 percent.v The report calls for implementing $53 billion in infrastructure projects and conservation efforts but has little power to implement them.

It says failure to meet future water needs could cost Texas $11.9 billion per year if the current drought approaches the state's worst on record in the 1950s, and up to $115.7 billion annually by 2060.

Former Dallas Cowboy Arrested In Drug Case

Former Dallas Cowboy Sam Hurd - now a Chicago Bear - is under arrest for alleged drug dealing. Undercover agents arrested Hurd last night in Chicago on a warrant out of Dallas.

Officials in North Texas say they began investigating Hurd in July when he started a series of conversations with undercover officers about buying large amounts of drugs.

Prosecutors say Hurd met undercover agents in a Chicago restaurant last night to apparently seal a deal for 10 kilos of cocaine and a thousand pounds of marijuana "A WEEK" to distribute in Chicago. He was arrested.

Hurd, from San Antonio, played five seasons for the Cowboys. This is his first year with the Bears. The team says it is gathering more information on the arrest.

If convicted, Hurd could face 40 years in prison and a two million dollar fine.

Holiday Gift At The Pump: Lower Prices

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Texas is three cents LESS than last week.

The latest AAA Texas survey puts the average price at $3.09 a gallon.

In Dallas and Fort Worth the average price is even lower: a four-cent drop in a week to $3.07 a gallon.

Analysts say global economic uncertainty and low demand for fuel push down the market price for oil -- and that translates to lower prices at the pump.

Former TCU Football Star OK'd To Stand Trial

A former TCU football standout in the 60's will face trial on charged he bilked investors out of 16 million dollars in a Ponzi scheme. A federal judge in Dallas today ruled Eldon "E.A" Gresham competent to stand trial.

Gresham told the Fort Worth Star Telegram he thought he was doing a "ministry of money" for God and his people.

Gresham apparently intends to use "insanity" as part of his defense. He fired his lawyer and will represent himself. Trial is set for March.

Texas online fashion editor loses her eye

A Texas online fashion magazine editor has lost an eye after she was maimed from walking into the spinning propeller of a small airplane after a flight to view Christmas lights earlier this month.

In a statement, the mother of 23-year-old Lauren Scruggs of Plano said her daughter's left eye was removed Wednesday.

Cheryl Scruggs said, "We have been praying for a miracle. The miracle that Jesus gave us is a prosthesis."

Lauren Scruggs also lost her left hand in the Dec. 3 accident.

Cheryl Scuggs says her daughter is "recovering remarkably well, given the circumstances," but added she's also in "excruciating pain."

Lauren Scruggs is founder and editor of LoLo Magazine, which includes information on fashion, beauty, health and travel.