Rough road ahead

NAFTA road warriors fight it out for federal funding

But Perry complains that Lubbock and Amarillo have been conspicuously low-profile players in the NAFTA-highway game. The Panhandle cities don't seem to understand the immense benefits of being whistle stops on a NAFTA Highway. "I told them, it's a real nice party and you might want to join," Perry says. "But they've taken the position that they can just sit there and people will come to them."

In his letter to Moseley, Perry even proposed another joint resolution in which MOTRAN would endorse the I-35 proposal and Houston, in return, would announce support for "Entrada Al Pacifico."

But so far, Perry says, the I-35 group has tabled his proposal. In the war for the NAFTA highway name and federal dollars, mutually beneficial back scratching apparently is, as yet, a rare commodity.

Texas Supreme Court to hear GM truck case
The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in the General Motors pick-up-truck case. The high court's ruling means that plaintiff's lawyers Sam Baxter and Timothy Crowley will have an opportunity to defend their proposed class-action settlement with GM,which includes $9.5 million in attorney fees.

As detailed in a February 16 Dallas Observer cover story, "Pickup Games," a Texarkana appeals court in June threw out as inadequate a Marshall state court settlement offered to owners of older model GM trucks, which have fuel tanks that consumer groups allege are prone to explosions in collisions. Under the Marshall deal, GM would give the truck owners a $1,000 coupon good for the purchase of a new GM truck.

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on March 21.

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