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Tue
20
Nov
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United Airlines : Smoke Detected In Cockpit

 

Houston Fire Department crews responded to reports of smoke in the cockpit of a United Airlines plane Monday at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

It happened at about 4:30 p.m. as United flight 4222 was inbound to Houston from Milwaukee.

Mon
19
Nov
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West Houston Medical Center Comes in at No. 6 for Top Large Companies to Work for in Houston.

 

West Houston Medical Center (WHMC) was announced one of Houston’s Top 100 Workplaces by the Houston Chronicle for the second year in a row.  The Houston Chronicle’s Top 100 Workplaces special section features leading employers in the Houston area and what makes these companies so outstanding.  Companies are measured on several qualities such as company leadership, career opportunities, communication, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits.  More than 72,500 Houston-area employees submitted their opinions for this year’s Top Workplaces section and Pennsylvania-based research firm Workplace Dynamics tallied the results to determine the winners.

Not only did WHMC make the top 100 list, but the hospital was also recognized as one of the top ten workplaces in the large company division, placing WHMC at number 6.  In 2011, WHMC was ranked number 9 in the same category. 

Mon
19
Nov
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Harvest Natural Resources Commences Drilling Operations Dussafu Project in Gabon

 

Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: HNR) announced today the commencement of drilling operations on the Dussafu Tortue Marin-1 (DTM-1) exploration well located in the Dussafu Marin PSC, offshore Gabon, West Africa.  This exploration well will be drilled utilizing the Scarabeo 3 semi-submersible drilling unit owned and operated by Saipem S.p.A.  Harvest operates the Dussafu PSC, holding a 66.667 percent interest.

The DTM-1 well will be drilled in a water depth of 380 feet to test stacked post-salt Madiela and pre-salt Gamba and Dentale reservoir targets to a planned total depth beneath sea level of approximately 10,500 feet.  Drilling is anticipated to require approximately 40 days.  In the event of success, additional time will be required to test and evaluate the well.

Sun
18
Nov
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Robbins & Myers Announces Record Date and Meeting Date for Special Meeting of Shareholders

 

Robbins & Myers, Inc. (NYSE: RBN) announced today that it has established a record date and a meeting date for a special meeting of its shareholders to consider and vote upon, among other things, a proposal to adopt the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of August 8, 2012, by and among Robbins & Myers, National Oilwell Varco, Inc., and Raven Process Corp., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Oilwell Varco, and approve the transactions contemplated thereby.

Robbins & Myers' shareholders of record at the close of business on November 26, 2012, will be entitled to notice of the special meeting and to vote at the special meeting.  The special meeting will be held on December 27, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time, at Robbins & Myers' headquarters located at 10586 Highway 75 North, Willis, Texas 77378.

Sat
17
Nov
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Constable Victor Trevino Indicted

 

Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino has been indicted on four felony offenses after a 14-month investigation.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office charged Trevino with misapplication of fiduciary property, abuse of official capacity and two charges of tampering with government records.

Fri
16
Nov
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No More Twinkie: Hostess Closing

 

Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is going out of business, closing plants, laying off its 18,500 workers and putting its brands up for sale.

The Irving, Texas, company said a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products. Its brands also include Ding Dongs, Ho Ho's and Dolly Madison.

Hostess had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn't return to normal levels by Thursday evening. The privately held company filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than a decade.

Thu
15
Nov
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Former Texan Sues SMG: Faulty Turf At Reliant Stadium

 

A law suit was filed Thursday against Spectatcor Management Group (SMG) the management company who operates Reliant Stadium.  The suit was filed by former Texan punter Brett Hartmann claiming the turf is the blame for a career ending injury last December. 

Hartmann tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and fractured a bone an injury that truncated his career.  He signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in July or last year.  He played most of the season before the injury. 

The suit was filed Thursday in Harris County District Court.  It only names SMG as a responsible party.  It includes past comments critical of the stadium’s surface by Texans nose tackle Shaun Cody, The Pats coach Bill Belichick and former Indy coach Tony Dungy.

Thu
15
Nov
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24 Suspected Illegal Immigrants in SW Houston

 

 Two dozen suspected illegal immigrants were found crammed into a van outside a southwest Houston home early Thursday morning, said officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Men, women, and children were among those in the van.

Wed
14
Nov
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West Houston Theosophical Study Center Features Sharon Vining

By: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

Healing Touch Fact or Fiction

The West Houston Theosophical Society is sponsoring an event at the Tracey Gee Community Center Focusing on the spiritual process of laying on of hands otherwise called Healing Touch Therapy.

Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way.  Healing Touch is a bio field therapy that is an energy-based approach to health and healing.  The non-invasive techniques employ the hands to clear, energize and balance the human and environmental energy fields, thus affecting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Participants attending the event can expect a PowerPoint presentation and real world examples of Chakra Spreading, Magnetic Clearing and Pain Management. 

Wed
14
Nov
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Man rapes girl, 14, in school parking lot

 

A man has been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in an elementary school parking lot.

Joshua Alexis Gomez, 25, has been charged with sexual assault of a child.

Harris County sheriff's deputies said the girl and a friend randomly prank called Gomez in January 2011. Gomez and the girl then began talking on the phone regularly, officials said.

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