A cold front will approach the Brazos Valley later today. Isolated areas of rain and thunderstorms could develop along and ahead of that front between mid-afternoon and early evening. Good news: rain & storm activity will be quick moving (1 hour or less). Bad news: a few severe thunderstorms are possible with large hail and strong, damaging winds being the main concern. A brief, isolated tornado threat cannot be ruled out, as well.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Christi Craddick has defeated Dale Henry in the race for the open seat on the Texas Railroad Commission.
Despite its name, the commission regulates oil and gas exploration across the state.
Craddick easily defeated her Democratic rival to fill Place 1 on the three-member commission. Born in Midland, Craddick is an Austin oil and gas attorney whose father is former Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick.
Craddick campaigned against overregulation by the Environmental Protection Agency and said the Railroad Commission's name should be changed to reflect its true duties. Henry is a certified petroleum engineer, who had promised closer scrutiny of oil and gas operations in Texas.
Democrats did not field candidates against the two Republican incumbents who hold the other seats on the commission.
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