News Ticker: April 24

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Shamu would rather go naked than wear fur.
Shamu would rather go naked than wear fur. (by Yathin Krishnappa via Wiki Commons)

Shamu gives it up for animal rights, Naomi Gonzalez makes lemonade, and Chicago relishes a departure. Bluster is on the News Ticker.

• Investigators have ruled out a rail car filled with ammonium nitrate as the cause of the West explosion.

• Meanwhile, two negligence lawsuits have been filed against Adair Grain, the owners of West Fertilizer.

• With all the chatter about public officials' various DUIs, it's easy to overlook silver linings. At least for Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, a DUI appears to have been a good career move.

• Four AISD's campuses made the annual list of U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools.

• Earlier today, Anderson High School was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

• In celebration of Gov. Rick Perry getting the hell out of their town, Chicago hot dog makers have created a new specialty. The new sausage will feature a boot leather skin filled with hot air.

• As proof positive that sometimes prayers do get answered, soon consumers will be able to dip P. Terry's fries in Whataburger Fancy Ketchup.

• The U.S. Supreme Court considers if Oklahoma really needs all that water.

• Contrary to what popular culture has taught us, The Simpsons' Mr. Burns is a resident of Texas.

• Since being mentioned in Senate debate, John Carona's cat has been getting a little full of himself.

• Animal rights opportunists PETA have purchased shares in the newly public SeaWorld. Later this month, Shamu will appear in a new promotional campaign wearing only a lettuce bra. Free Willy, indeed.

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