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In the bed of a gold pick-up truck on the side of the road the trap is set: shiny chrome wheels. It doesn't take long for thieves to bite or for the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force to move in. The sting is all part of their operation targeting thieves out to steal 22-24-inch chrome wheels worth thousands of dollars and considered a must have by many drivers.

"The numbers show that Texas has an even larger number of uninsured drivers than we had realized," said Mark Hanna, spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas, in a story Tuesday in the online editions of the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.

The shops along Fort Worth Avenue in north Oak Cliff, Dallas, are supposed to be the type of businesses where customers can take their cars for repair, but some say they act more like illegal salvage yards.

Steve Wood, second from right, represented the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) when presenting BASF its Best in Texas Award. BASF representatives on hand to receive the awards were, from left, Tom Yura, Steve Reed, Bob Brennecke, Bryan Stewart and Leonard Schooler.

ADESA, a vehicle auction operator, has signed a 20-year lease for a new auction center at the Dallas Logistics Hub with The Allen Group, the site's San Diego-based developer. The facility will be built on 175 acres at the northwest corner of Wintergreen Road and North Lancaster Hutchins Road in Hutchins, Texas.

A report by an automobile insurer concludes that Oklahoma City drivers are less likely than Tulsa drivers to be involved in traffic collisions.