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Texas Gas Prices Sag Heading Into Christmas & Nightly Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX –

Regular self-serve gasoline is averaging 3 cents per gallon less across Texas than last week going into the Christmas weekend.

The weekly AAA Texas survey released Tuesday showed regular was selling for an average of $2.43 per gallon across the state. Nationally, regular is averaging $2.59 per gallon, a penny less than last week.

Houston and Galveston have the cheapest gasoline in Texas at $2.38 per gallon, 3 to 4 cents less than last week. El Paso again had the costliest gas at $2.57, down a penny from last week.

An auto club statement says gasoline is selling for about 90 cents a gallon more than at this time last year in most of Texas.

Fort Worth cop allegedly speeding, intoxicated pre-crash

A police investigation has found that a Fort worth officers was speeding and intoxicated when his unmarked patrol car slammed into another car, killing the driver.

An arrest warrant affidavit released Tuesday says Jesus Cisneros apparently was traveling at least twice the posted speed limit 35 mph when the Dec. 11 crash happened.

Twenty-seven-year-old Sonia Baker was killed when she pulled in front of the speeding patrol car about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 11. Police say the 37-year-old officer had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 percent, twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Cisneros, who has submitted his resignation, was booked in the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth on Monday on an intoxication manslaughter charge and freed on a $25,000 bond. If convicted, he could be sentenced to two to 20 years in prison.

Shapleigh rules out run for governor

A veteran legislator from El Paso who fueled speculation that he was considering a bid for governor says he will not seek statewide office in 2010.

State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh in October announced he would not seek re-election, but he declined to rule out a run for higher office. The 57-year-old Democrat on Monday said he would not be on the ballot next year.

The El Paso Times reports Shapleigh said he considered running for governor, but changed his mind once Houston Mayor Bill White this month announced for the Democratic nomination.

Shapleigh, who has been a critic of GOP Gov. Rick Perry, says White can win.

Texas troopers watching for holiday DWI, speeders

Texas troopers will be out in force over the long Christmas and New Year's weekends to help keep travelers safe.

The Department of Public Safety on Tuesday said troopers will concentrate on drivers who may be intoxicated, speeders and people not wearing seat belts.

All available troopers will be on patrol from Thursday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Dec. 27, and again on Thursday, Dec. 31 through Sunday, Jan. 3.

DPS troopers during the 2008 Christmas period arrested 651 drivers for DWI and issued 15,400 speeding tickets and 2,580 safety restraint violations. The New Year's holiday period resulted in 304 drivers arrested for DWI. Troopers issued 5,173 speeding tickets and 912 safety restraint violations.