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EPA Sued For Withholding Documents & Nightly Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is being sued for withholding 350,000 pages of documents about coal-fired power plants in Texas.

The federal lawsuit claims the documents will show that one or more of Luminant's coal-fired power plants violated the Clean Air Act.

The Sierra Club and the Environmental Integrity Project say they need the information in order to protect the public health in and around the plants.

Jen Powis, a Sierra Club spokeswoman in Texas, said Thursday that the organization only sues when a state or federal government fails to act.

Officials with the EPA and Dallas-based Luminant each said that they hadn't seen the lawsuit and had no comment.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in San Francisco, where the Sierra Club is based.

Space shuttle Discovery launches on final voyage

Space shuttle Discovery has blasted off on its final voyage.

Six astronauts are on board the world's most traveled spaceship. They're headed for the International Space Station after a four-month delay for fuel tank repairs.

This is Discovery's 39th and final mission. It's the first of the three space shuttles to be retired this year.

No other spacecraft has been launched more times.

Tens of thousands witnessed history in the making from the Florida launch site. Countless more watched from surrounding towns. Roads leading into Kennedy Space Center were jammed.

Discovery should reach the space station Saturday. It will deliver a compartment full of supplies as well as the first humanoid robot to fly in space.

Houston daycare center fire kills 2, injures 5

Fire Department officials say a blaze at a Houston daycare center has killed two children and injured five others.

Houston Assistant Fire Chief Bill Barry says the blaze happened Thursday afternoon at a home in west Houston that was being run as a daycare center.

Units arriving at the scene found two children who had been injured outside the home and five more trapped inside. Firefighters rescued those inside and took all seven children to four Houston hospitals. They ranged in age from 18 months to 3 years old.

Barry says two of the children died after being taken to a hospital. No other information was available on the children who died or the conditions of those injured.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze.