- - Thursday, January 26, 2012

TEXAS

Poll: Perry’s ratings down as governor after failed run

AUSTIN | A new poll shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s approval rating in his home state at a 10-year low and more than half of Texans don’t want him to run for another term as governor.

The telephone survey of 806 Texans conducted Jan. 21 to 24 was paid for by a group of Texas’ largest newspapers.


The poll shows 40 percent of Texans approve of the job he is doing as governor, a 10-point drop from a year ago. Another 40 percent said they disapprove.

The poll found 53 percent said they don’t want Mr. Perry to run for a fourth full term in 2014, and 45 percent said his failed campaign for president hurt Texas’ image.

ENERGY

Panel: Time is now to replace Nevada nuclear waste dump

A presidential commission says the United States must immediately start looking for an alternative to replace the failed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada that cost an estimated $15 billion but was never built.

The report says the government also must prepare for the eventual large-scale transportation of spent nuclear fuel from storage sites across the country to the new site or to interim storage facilities yet to be built.

The 15-member panel says the U.S. urgently needs a new strategy on nuclear waste. The battle over the Yucca Mountain site 90 miles outside Las Vegas has dragged on for three decades. The Obama administration canceled the project and cut off funding for it.

The commission says local support for any nuclear storage site is crucial.

STATE

Clinton finding it ‘odd’ to be out of campaign

As secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton is barred from partisan politics, and she acknowledged that it is unusual not to be participating in this election process. But she said she is enjoying being away from the fray.

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