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A beached boat dock on upper Lake Travis near Spicewood Beach sits dozens of feet from the water's edge.

A Texas town came within days of running out of water, a mysterious accident at a coal power plant fell under investigation, and an oil boom in South Texas has locals grinning (when they’re not getting whiplash from potholes). In case you missed it, here’s our top five new stories from the last week:

  1. During Texas Drought, Will Spicewood Beach Be the First to Run Dry?Ā For the first time since the drought began, one community is just days away from running out of water.
  2. WhatĀ HappenedĀ at the Sandy Creek Power Plant?Ā An accident at the plant means one thing for its operators, who might prefer that the information stays secret. But what does it mean for the state of Texas?
  3. How Fracking is Changing the Face of South Texas: Drilling is creating a gusher of jobs in South Texas, but trucks are ripping up roads and large amounts of water are being used. A look at the ups and downs of the fracking boom.
  4. ElectricĀ DeregulationĀ Turns Ten in Texas:Ā Anniversaries are horrible things to forget, so hereā€™s one that you might have let slip by: This month marks ten years of deregulation in the Texas electricity market.Ā But itĀ hasn’tĀ all been smooth sailing for rate payers since then.
  5. Rain! Hail! Tornadoes! No, the Drought Ain’t Over:Ā It was a wild week of weather for Texas. Parts of AustinĀ got over six inches of rain,Ā power went off and roads were closedĀ in San Antonio, and tornadoes touched down in Austin and parts of Houston. But the drought is still far from over.



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