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Texas Wins Stay in Whooping Cranes Case From U.S. Court

An appeals court temporarily lifted a judge’s order blocking Texas from issuing permits for a river system that supplies cities and industrial users in a dispute over protecting an endangered flock of whooping cranes.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which issued today’s order at the request of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, also said it would expedite the state’s appeal of a lower court’s March 11 ruling that forbids the approval of new permits for the Guadalupe, San Antonio or Blanco rivers.