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Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere.

Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obama says Republicans know that legislation won't succeed in the Senate. He says Republicans aren't even trying to solve the problem. He says they're just trying check a box before leaving town for the annual August recess.

Obama says he will have to act alone to address the crisis because the government is running out of money to deal with it.


Street flooding reported in Houston after storms

HOUSTON (AP) - Some street flooding has been reported in Houston after storms dumped several inches of rain and cut power to thousands of homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service says a weak cold front moved through the Houston area Friday. Parts of Harris County had more than 6 inches of rain.

An underground parking garage at an apartment complex flooded, with water and debris nearly up to the windows of some vehicles.

CenterPoint Energy reported about 1,600 customers without electricity Friday afternoon as crews worked to restore power.

Forecasters say the outlook for the Houston area includes a chance for showers through the weekend.


Parched Texas city hopes to cut lake evaporation

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Wichita Falls is adding another tool to try to deal with a dwindling water supply due to a persistent drought.

The North Texas city that provides water to about 150,000 people near the Oklahoma border is trying to reduce evaporation from one of the lakes that supplies water by adding a thin biodegradable layer to the surface.

Director of public works Russell Schreiber says the hope is to cut daily evaporation of 40 million gallons a day from Arrowhead Lake by at least 10 percent.

Schreiber says the 75-day pilot program is the largest of its kind. The lake is 6,000 acres.

It's yet another step for the city. Wichita Falls has instituted water restrictions and a wastewater reuse program and tried cloud seeding.

Arrowhead Lake is 22 percent full.


Texas to continue pursuit of Tesla battery factory

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry's office says it continues to negotiate with Tesla Motors to build an electric car battery factory in Texas, despite Tesla's announcement Thursday that it has broken ground on a Nevada site.

The company has said a final decision on the location of the $5 billion factory will come in the next few months.

Other places in Texas are independently pursuing Tesla.

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation spokeswoman Liz Clark told The Associated Press on Friday her group has been given strict instructions by Tesla "not to say anything."

Dallas County Economic Development Director Rick Loesberg says the county is still hoping a Tesla factory will be built in North Texas. He says the county is interested but doesn't know if Tesla feels the same.


GM Financial to expand Texas operations center

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - General Motors Financial Company Incorporated has purchased a facility in Arlington to expand its operations center campus there and accommodate 800 to 900 employees, most of them new hires.

GM Financial said Friday the purchase was completed on the 240,000-square-foot facility on 22 acres.

The company will begin occupying the space in the next few months, but renovations over the next two years will upgrade the exterior, interior and parking lot. The new office space will be used for operations and as a training and conference center.

The new facility is situated one block east of two buildings currently occupied by nearly 2,150 GM Financial employees and used for operations and customer service.


Contractor serving 1,100 foster children quits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The state will take over direct management of the care and service of about 1,100 foster children after the contractor it had hired canceled its contract.

In a statement issued Friday, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services promised that foster children wouldn't be affected by the withdrawal of Providence Service Corp. of Texas.

The company had been serving state foster children in 60 West Texas counties under a five-year, $30 million-a-year contract that took effect February 1st, 2013. However, the company invoked an opt-out clause Friday.

The state recently told Providence of several areas where it had underperformed.

The state's 17,000-child foster system had been under scrutiny since seven foster children died of abuse or neglect in fiscal year 2013. Only one such youngster died this year.

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