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Preparing For Icy Roads & Midday Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX –

Texas Department of Transportation sand trucks are loaded and ready to sand highway bridges and overpasses. Michelle Releford, with TxDot's Dallas District, says everybody's ready to work some long hours.

Releford: It's going to be freezing all night long, and depending on when the moisture comes in and how bad it is, we're going to be out all night. That's a given.

Releford says crews pre-treated the High Five and the long I-30 bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard to help prevent freezing. But she says the commute this afternoon and tomorrow morning may be tricky.

Fort Worth Readies For Snow

After last week's Christmas blizzard, the city of Fort Worth has once again readied its 21 sanding trucks and work crews for today's snowfall.

Veronica Villegas, with the city of Fort Worth, says forecasters don't expect the flurries to be as big, or daytime temperatures to be as low as before. But the city's ready.

Villegas: It may get slick and icy overnight. Our trash crews & recycling crews are working double-time to get today's collections picked up so we aren't going into tomorrow morning with a backlog.

Villegas says Wednesday temperatures are expected in the 50s. Any trash pick up delayed by snow will be finished tomorrow.

Hutchison lays out transportation plan

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, running for Texas governor, is calling for increased transparency at the Texas Department of Transportation and wants to build a high-speed rail network connecting Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

Hutchison laid out her transportation plan at a campaign swing in Tyler Tuesday morning, with other stops planned in Waco and Dallas.

She called for more restrictions on toll roads, greater financial accountability, a restructuring of the Texas Transportation Commission and the creation of a special committee to help foster new policy initiatives.

DFW Airport gets $2.3 million federal grant

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is getting a $2.3 million federal grant to fix one of its runways.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that construction is expected to start in early January and will include repairing concrete slabs and joints on the 13,400-foot runway. The work will improve safety by making it less likely that debris can develop on the runway surface, the agency said.

Money for the project came from the stimulus package that Congress approved in February.

The FAA said it received $1.1 billion from the stimulus program to spend at airports nationwide, and has committed funding to 360 projects.

Attorney says PETA worker neglected job

Attorneys for an exotic animal delivery company are accusing an employee of intentionally neglecting animals to further his agenda as an undercover investigator for PETA.

An attorney representing U.S. Global Exotics' owners says Howard Goldman, who was working for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, could have done more for the animals.

The company is trying to regain custody of more than 26,000 animals seized by the city Dec. 15 after Goldman turned over evidence of what he described as animal cruelty.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that an Arlington Municipal Court judge is expected to decide custody of the animals this week.

Goldman has said he did everything he could for the animals but that the owners would not pay for the food, medical care and other supplies he requested.