Nissan unveils new London taxi design

LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Nissan unveiled its NV200 Taxi for London, one of several new options for taxi drivers that offer lower CO2 emissions, officials said.

Voter ID laws challenged in state, federal court as discriminatory

The controversial voter identification law in Texas apparently didn't trip up many folks during last week's elections in the Lone Star state -- which doesn't count for a thing when the 2014 elections come around, one county clerk says.
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Former House Speaker Wright temporarily denied Texas voter ID card

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright says he was denied a Texas voter identification card during the weekend because he lacked proper documentation.

Baylor returns to Rockies

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NASCAR head fights cheating

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Massachusetts mulls higher driving age

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California flooding could lead to fires

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DFW may face another challenge

DALLAS, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in North Texas Monday faced a new challenge with talk of lifting restrictions that protect it from competition.

Independent investigator for DeLay Case?

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Two government watchdog groups have asked House ethics investigators for an independent counsel to examine corruption allegations against Rep. Tom DeLay.

DFW airport celebrates 30th birthday

DALLAS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Dallas and Fort Worth officials Monday celebrated the 30th anniversary of DFW International Airport, the third busiest in the world in takeoffs and landings. Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright and former Dallas Mayor Wes Wise, two of the dignitaries a

Missouri's Gephardt to enter 2004 race

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Rep. Dick Gephardt, who stepped down from his position as House Democratic leader after the November 2002 election, will shortly announce he's moving toward ent
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Rockies name Alomar Sr. and three others

DENVER, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, replacing much of the staff he fired last month, Tuesday named Sandy Alomar Sr. third base coach, Dave Collins first base

Commentary: The Washington Times at 20

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Rockies name Wright pitching coach

DENVER, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- After posting the highest earned run average in the major leagues, the Colorado Rockies have decided to switch pitching coaches.
Jim Wright
House Majority Leader Jim Wright D-Texas (L) and actor Charlton Heston (R-holding gas tank) pour "Methanol" into the actor's Corvette October 18, 1983 in front of the Capitol. Heston donated his "Methanol" powered Corvette to the Renewable Energy Resources lobby group. (UPI/File)

James Claudette Wright, Jr. (born December 22, 1922), usually known as Jim Wright, is a former Democratic U.S. Congressman from Texas who served 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the Speaker of the House from 1987 to 1989.

Wright was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Fort Worth and Dallas public schools, eventually graduating from Oak Cliff High School, then studied at Weatherford College and the University of Texas at Austin. In December 1941 he enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces, and after training was commissioned as a U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. as a bombardier in 1942. He earned a Distinguished Flying Cross flying combat with the 380th Bomb Group (Heavy) in the South Pacific during World War II. His retelling of his wartime exploits is contained in his 2005 book The Flying Circus: Pacific War — 1943 — As Seen through A Bombsight.

After the war, he made his home in Weatherford, Texas where he joined partners in forming a Trade Show exhibition and marketing firm. He also joined the Democratic Party. In 1946 he won his first election, to the Texas State House of Representatives, where he served from 1947 to 1949. He was Mayor of Weatherford from 1950 to 1954, serving as President of the League of Texas Municipalities in 1953.

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