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Jarred Cosart traded to the Marlins — Jarred Cosart, who was scheduled to start tonight's game vs. the Blue Jays, was traded to the Marlins along with Kike Hernandez right at Thursday's trade deadline. "I'm excited to get going," Cosart said. "I'm reading to go pitch for the Marlins." The Astros are apparently getting back OF Jake Marisnick as part of the deal.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @jgoldstrass: Jake Marisnick, 2010-2011 #Lugnuts outfielder, sent to Houston as part of the Jarred Cosart deal, per:…

Jul 31, 2014

RT @jgoldstrass: Jake Marisnick, 2010-2011 #Lugnuts outfielder, sent to Houston as part of the Jarred Cosart deal, per:…

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Van de Putte’s economic proposal takes stance on incentive funds — AUSTIN - State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, on Thursday unveiled a five-point plan to improve the Texas economy that includes preserving Gov. Rick Perry's increasingly controversial deal-closing funds but adding more oversight to them.

Poe responds to Chronicle investigation into 2013 Azerbaijan trip — Rep. Ted Poe has alerted the House Ethics Committee to a Houston Chronicle investigation published Sunday, according to his spokeswoman. The story raised the possibility that non-profits and ten members of the House, including Poe, violated ethics rules by not disclosing corporate sponsorship of a convention the members attended in Azerbaijan in May 2013.

Third time is no charm: Another 0.0 Astros rating on CSN Houston — For the third time in two seasons, an Astros game Wednesday on Comcast SportsNet Houston had a 0.0 Nielsen household rating. Dallas Keuchel threw a four-hit complete game to lead the Astros to an 8-1 afternoon win over the A's, but the CSN Houston broadcast did not draw enough viewers among Nielsen-metered households to achieve a rating for the game.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @dfbarron: Third time is no charm: Another 0.0 Astros TV rating Wednesday on CSN Houston…

Jul 31, 2014

RT @pgammo: Third time is no charm: Another 0.0 Astros rating on CSN Houston…

Democratic opponent to county judge abandons race — Democrat Ahmad Hassan has ended his campaign for Harris County judge, saying incumbent Republican Ed Emmett should be given another four-year term to finish projects vital to the community. Hassan, an Egyptian immigrant who obtained American citizenship 32 years ago, said helping improve the nation is more important to him than holding political office.
Jul 31, 2014

Harris County Judge @EdEmmett's Democratic opponent abandons race… #hounews Thanks for picking this up, @TurnerChron

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Stewart profits tumble after settling legal dispute — Quarterly profit at Stewart Information Services Corp. plunged 77 percent in the second quarter after taking a $10.5 million hit from settling an ongoing legal battle. Stewart, which provides title insurance and a number of other mortgage-related services, reported net earnings Thursday of $6.3 million, or 27 cents per diluted share, during the second quarter, compared with $26.9 million, or $1.09 per share, in the same period a year ago.

Comcast doubling speeds in Houston . . . again — Comcast appears to be in the process of doubling its connection speeds in Houston, with some customers seeing their 50 megabit-per-second downloads jump to more than 100 Mbps. Comcast last doubled speeds for some Houston customers in March 2013, taking 25 Mbps Internet subscribers up to 50 Mbps. At

Texans’ Arian Foster says media is ‘full of propaganda’ — Things aren't going too well between Texans running back Arian Foster and the media. Wednesday, Foster intentionally used the same answer for every question submitted by reporters. Thursday, Foster issued his first tweet in a week, attacking the media. Media is full of propaganda and you're subjected to their agenda.

Louisiana agency threatens Texas legislator with lawsuit over ‘coonass’ remark — AUSTIN - A state agency in Louisiana is threatening to sue Texas state Rep. Dennis Bonnen over his use of the Cajun slur "coonass" during a recent legislative hearing. "We respectfully request that you refrain from engaging in the use and promotion of this slang.

NASA’s asteroid mission takes a beating — NASA can't afford to send humans to Mars. With its current plans to build a large rocket, the Space Launch System, NASA can't even afford to go back to the moon. What NASA can afford to do, in about a decade, is bring a small asteroid to a location near the moon, and then send astronauts to fly in formation with the rock.
Jul 31, 2014

New SciGuy entry: NASA’s asteroid mission takes a beating: NASA can’t afford to send humans to Mars. With its ...

Mark Appel shines in Class AA debut but Corpus Christi Hooks no-hit — CORPUS CHRISTI - The much-anticipated Class AA pitching debut of former No. 1 Astros draft pick Mark Appel went as well as could be expected. The same can't be said for his Corpus Christi Hooks teammates. The righthander wasn't overpowering but certainly was serviceable.

Archbishop says he didn't mismanage abuse scandal — (AP) â€" The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won't resign, despite criticism that he and other local Roman Catholic Church leaders concealed allegations about abusive priests, and he again dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct of his own.
Jul 31, 2014

Minn. Archbishop says he didn’t mismanage abuse scandal

'290 SUX' license plate fights the power — A Houston man got a license plate expressing how most northwest Houston commuters feel, but some are wondering just how it got past the State of Texas. The license plate "290 SUX" is eliciting yuks from fellow drivers who have to brave the eternally construction-addled highway.
Jul 31, 2014

The guy with the "290 SUX" license plate is the hero #Houston has been waiting for.… #HoustonNoLimits

Defense appeals damages in Ashby high-rise case — A Harris County judge signed the final judgment granting 20 residents who filed a lawsuit against the Ashby high-rise between roughly $20,000 and $102,000 for loss of market value to their properties. The defense, representing the developers Houston-based Buckhead Investment Partners, has filed a motion to appeal.
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