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Texas Orders Millions Of H1N1 Doses & Nightly Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX –

Texas continues to order the state's full allocation of swine flu doses as more people are urged to get vaccinated.

The Texas Department of State Health Services on Friday said about 7.24 million doses have been ordered. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has allocated about 7.6 million doses to Texas.

Commissioner Dr. David Lakey says there is "the potential for another wave of illness" and people should get vaccinated. More orders and shipments will follow as providers confirm their orders with DSHS.

The agency says Texas expects to receive nearly 13 million doses of the vaccine by January.

American Airlines jet grounded by threatening note

The Transportation Security Administration says nothing suspicious was found after a sweep of an American Airlines jet where a passenger found a threatening note.

TSA spokeswoman Andrea McCauley says passengers, their baggage and the aircraft were rescreened Friday with "no findings of any prohibited item."

The Chicago-bound flight was grounded in Austin after a threatening note was found in a lavatory.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport spokesman Jason Zielinski says the plane had left the gate with 129 passengers on board Friday when a passenger found the note. McCauley says the FBI is investigating.

Jury awards BP workers $100 million in lawsuit

A jury has awarded more than $100 million to 10 workers who claimed they were injured in 2007 when a toxic substance was released at BP PLC's Texas City plant.

A federal jury in Galveston, about 50 miles southeast of Houston, on Friday awarded each of the contract workers $10 million in punitive damages.

In April 2007, more than 100 contract workers were sent to hospitals after claiming they were exposed to a toxic substance released at the refinery. BP said it was shocked by the jury's verdict and denied the workers were harmed.

The refinery, about 30 miles southeast of Houston, was the site of a 2005 explosion that killed 15 people and injured 170 - the worst U.S. industrial accident since 1990

Texas water district keeps water lawsuit alive

A North Texas water district seeking to buy billions of gallons of water from basins in southern Oklahoma has filed an amended lawsuit against officials in Oklahoma.

The Tarrant Regional Water District filed its amended complaint Friday in federal court in Oklahoma City. The district is suing the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

Officials with the water district that serves Fort Worth, Texas, and surrounding communities claim Oklahoma has 10 times the water it needs to meet its own needs. They say they want only 7 percent of the excess water that flows into the Red River separating Oklahoma and Texas.

Oklahoma lawmakers, particularly those in southeast Oklahoma, have opposed the proposed water sale, saying the state should first develop a comprehensive water study.