Waco, TX – Baylor University is investigating incidents the day Barack Obama was elected the nation's first black president -- including an apparent noose on a tree.
A statement yesterday from interim president David Garland says the events are ``deeply disturbing'' and the Baptist school in Waco denounces them -- saying racist acts won't be tolerated.
Garland says some students on Election Day notified officials that a rope resembling a noose was in a campus tree. Campus police took the rope and are investigating.
Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy is reporting the company's highest net quarterly earnings ever.
Despite two hurricanes that disrupted production and the nation's ongoing credit crunch Devon says income for the quarter ended Sept. 30 was $2.6 billion or $5.87 per share.
Devon's earnings during the third quarter last year was $735 million or $2.65 per share.
Devon officials say the increase is due largely to a 62 percent increase in oil and natural gas sales.
Austin, TX – Turnout for this week's general election in Texas was 59 percent.
The secretary of state's office says that works out to a little more than eight million voters casting ballots.
Election officials had projected turnout of the state's more than 13.5 million registered voters could run as high as 68 percent.
The 2004 general election in Texas saw turnout of 56 percent -- with about 7.4 million voters.