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Hutchison Says GOP Runoff Possible & Nightly Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX –

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says a Republican gubernatorial runoff is possible. She's also urging supporters to recruit nontraditional GOP primary voters for the March 2 election.

Hutchison said Monday it doesn't appear that she or Gov. Rick Perry has the backing right now of a majority of Republican voters. That could lead to an April runoff.

GOP activist Debra Medina is also in the race.

Hutchison, addressing the Texas Farm Bureau, urged group members to find five or 10 people to vote in March who might vote Republican in a November general election, but typically not in GOP primaries.

She said she doesn't feel she has to have those voters to beat Perry, but said she wants all the help she can get.

Suit: Rangers, Hicks didn't pay $6.9 million

A lawsuit accuses the Texas Rangers and companies controlled by owner Tom Hicks of failing to pay $6.9 million for architectural and construction work.

The lawsuit filed Monday in state district court by RTKL Associates Inc. and Vratsinas Construction alleges that the firms are owed the money for work on a proposed development adjacent to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, as well as on the stadium itself.

It charges the Rangers and other Hicks-related entities with breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent misrepresentation and fraudulent transfer.

Neither Hicks nor his spokeswoman immediately responded to a request for comment. Rangers officials said they would have no comment.

Hicks Sports Group has agreed to sell the team to a group headed by Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg.

NASA moon mission killed on Columbia anniversary

President Barack Obama has killed NASA's $100 billion plans to return astronauts to the moon.

The move came on the seventh anniversary of the space shuttle tragedy that triggered the return to the moon plan. The White House said the program was too much like the 1960s Apollo mission and would require large budget increases just to get astronauts back on the moon by 2030.

In the budget proposal released Monday, the White House instead promised a new approach with no details. Obama also proposed $6 billion over five years to encourage companies to build private spaceships that NASA could rent.

President George W. Bush proposed the moon mission after the 2003 space shuttle Columbia disaster. NASA has already spent $9.1 billion on the program.