A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Milam, Robertson, Lee, and Leon Counties from 12am to 12pm THURSDAY. A strong cold front has reached the Brazos Valley, and will continue to push south through the early evening hours. Temperatures are expected to fall to or just above a freeze overnight. A scattered rain chance could turn into a scattered, wintry mix between 6am and 10am Thursday. Little-to-no accumulation is expected -- however, caution is urged driving on bridges and overpasses.
HOUSTON (AP) The March oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel is just one of the hundreds of spills occurring in Galveston Bay each year.
The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1e4P6mM ) that statistics from the Houston Advanced Research Center show that Galveston Bay has averaged 285 spills a year since 1998.
Most of those are tiny compared to the incident two weeks ago when a barge and a ship collided, causing as much as 170,000 gallons to spill into the water.
The spills in the bay average about 103 gallons each, according to the research center's data. But vice president Lisa Gonzalez likens those spills to a "death by a thousand cuts" for wildlife and the quality of water in an environmentally sensitive area that's also crucial for tourism and business.
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