Leading Off (8/14/09)

1. Oncor was awarded a $115 million rate increase by the Public Utility Commission ($2.50 to $3 per customer), less than half the increase it was asking for. The increase will (among other things) help pay for new smart meters, because the old smart meters seemed really smart until you got a few beers in them, and then they started talking about how Obama was born in Afghanistan and such.

2. Chesapeake Energy Corp. has shut down two wells that have been linked to recent earthquakes in Cleburne, including one well that was drilled near a fault line that runs through DFW airport. Wait. Through DFW Airport? Doesn’t that feel like I’m burying the lead here?

3. And that (still-moving) car on Southwest Loop 820 that was rammed by that (now-dead) bull? The (still-shaken) driver had survived three tours in Iraq.

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