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Extending Texas’ lead to 2-0, junior forward Chantale Campbell scored in the final minute against Montana.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Garza | Daily Texan Staff

Head coach Angela Kelly wanted to see her team play at a higher tempo and put the ball in the back of the net against A&M Corpus Christi and Montana.

Kelly got what she wanted Friday as the Longhorns (4-0-2) launched a 6-0 barrage against A&M Corpus Christi to remain unbeaten this season.

The Longhorns did not get on the scoreboard until a free kick by senior defender Brooke Gilbert found junior midfielder Lindsey Meyer eight yards from goal at 32:58 into the match, but a five-goal second half alleviated any concerns about the Texas attack.

The Longhorns carried the momentum back home Sunday with a 2-0 win against Montana. The Longhorns launched 23 shots to Montana’s six and kept fantastic possession in their opponent’s territory. A second-half penalty kick by Gilbert and a long goal in the final minute by junior forward Chantale Campbell drove the offense.

Texas’ next competition comes this weekend at the USF Soccer Classic in Tampa, Florida, with a game Friday at 3:30 p.m. against Central Florida and a matchup Sunday at 10:30 a.m. against South Florida.

The Longhorns will follow up an undefeated homestand, which included a physical contest against ranked No. 22 Arkansas, with a road game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday at 7 p.m. and a nationally televised home game against Montana on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-1-1) is only in its second season of women’s soccer, but the team has shown it can compete with more established groups. The Islanders opened their season with a draw against Houston and recorded a shutout win against Texas Southern.

Montana (2-2) has already recorded two shutouts in road contests against Air Force and Gonzaga.

Head coach Angela Kelly looks for her team (2-0-2) to take the weekend’s games as opportunities to continue pressuring opponents like they did in last weekend’s 5-1 smothering of Nevada.

“We are fine-tuning each and every day what we do,” Kelly said. “We are going to expect to play a quicker tempo, a quicker rhythm, press higher up the field, play positively out of pressure, execute in each third of the field with precision and put the ball in the back of the net.”

HELENA, Mont. — Montana’s chief federal judge will retire following an investigation into an email he forwarded that included a racist joke involving President Barack Obama.

U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull had previously announced he would step down as chief circuit judge and take a reduced caseload, but he informed the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he now intends to fully retire May 3.

The appellate court posted a statement by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski on its website Tuesday announcing Cebull’s decision.

MISSOULA, Mont. — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the way Missoula police, prosecutors and the University of Montana responded to reports of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The federal investigation was disclosed Tuesday after the agency received complaints that the allegations were not properly handled.

It will look at all 80 sexual assaults reported by women in Missoula over the past three years. Eleven sexual assaults involving university students have been reported in the past 18 months, agency officials said Tuesday.

“The allegations that the University of Montana, the local police department and the county attorney’s office failed to adequately address sexual assaults are very disturbing,” U.S. Attorney Eric Holder said in a statement.

The federal agency said it would investigate allegations that police, the university’s Office of Public Safety and the Missoula County attorney’s office engaged in gender discrimination by failing to investigate reports of sexual assault against women.

Printed on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 as: Feds to investigate U. Montana for mishandling assault cases

INGOMAR, Mont. — The top U.S. Postal Service official on Thursday took his case for rural post office closures straight to the people it will hurt most, telling residents in Montana’s capital and in one of its smallest towns that up to 3,600 small post offices around the country need to be shuttered as part of cost-cutting moves.

Rural residents who traveled to Helena to meet Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe answered right back, saying cuts should be made elsewhere because their post offices provide a much-needed lifeline.

One woman from the southwestern Montana town of Basin told Donahoe she has no Internet access and relies on the mail. But like many other rural residents, she does not receive mail delivery.

DeDe Rhodes said if her post office closes, the next one is more than 10 miles away, making her regular trip to pick up mail much more costly.

“I need you to really consider what we are saying. People need their rural post offices,” Rhodes told Donahoe. “Let’s look at the urban areas. Maybe they don’t need as many post offices because they get their mail delivered right to their door, or at least to the curb.”

In Montana alone, about 80 small post offices are slated for closure, from Alzada to Zurich.

The agency needs to reorganize in part because of a 60 percent decline in the number of people paying bills through the mail and the cost of paying into its employee retirement benefits, Donahoe told the gathering in Helena, which is facing the loss of its mail processing center. Last year, postal losses totaled $5.1 billion, and losses are projected to grow.

The trip comes as the Senate prepares as early as next week to take up legislation that would slow, if not stop, the Postal Service’s plans to close roughly half of the nation’s 460 mail processing centers beginning this year. The move would slow first-class mail delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.

At the request of Congress, the mail agency previously agreed not to close any facilities before May 15. Donahoe said they agency has to consider competing requests to preserve certain aspects of its services, like six-day delivery, as it weighs a whole slate of reductions that include the closures.

In a report released Thursday, federal auditors stressed that “dramatic changes” were needed to stem the Postal Service’s mounting debt and that the agency’s proposal to close mail processing centers, estimated to save roughly $3 billion a year , was an important part of accomplishing that goal.

The report by the Government Accountability Office also noted that the proposal to close mail centers faced tough obstacles due to local communities’ opposition to the job losses and cutbacks in service. Labor agreements also make layoffs and forced employee transfers difficult.

The GAO auditors expressed support for elements of a House postal bill that would set up a new commission to make major decisions on postal cuts, including reducing mail delivery to five days a week. They said that if Congress opted to delay or prevent the closing of mail processing centers, lawmakers would have to find other ways to significantly cut postal costs.

“Without congressional action to help USPS address its financial problems, USPS may have to seek a rate increase of unprecedented scale, or fall even further into debt,” the auditors wrote.

In the Senate, a bill would postpone a proposed postal cut to five-day mail delivery by at least two years and require additional review before mail facilities could be closed. In response to concerns from rural states, bill sponsors have been discussing possible additions that could keep many low-revenue post offices and processing centers in rural communities open at a cost of roughly $1 billion a year. That expense would be paid for with a proposed 5-cent increase to a first-class stamp, to 50 cents.

Donahoe met later Thursday with worried residents on the other side of the state whose post office is slated to close.

The tiny eastern Montana town of Ingomar, with its population of just over 100, was in decline even before the railroad through here was abandoned in 1980. But locals say losing its post office would be especially hard.

The postmaster general’s trip to Montana was spurred by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., who was met by a group of concerned residents when he passed through the town last year. He promised to bring Donahoe back to answer their questions personally.

Baucus said he is going to use his influential budget-drafting position to push ideas like Rhodes’ proposal to close urban post offices. Baucus said there are 50 post offices within a five-mile radius of the U.S. Capitol.

“It just seems to me if we close post offices, those are the folks who can go one mile or two miles extra,” Baucus said.

The Postal Service projects its loss this year could be over $14 billion, and without changes could rise to over $21 billion by 2016.

“We cannot allow political interests to trump our responsibility to restore the Postal Service to solvency and protect the taxpayer from picking up the tab for surplus facilities,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a sponsor of the House bill.

WASHINGTON — Democrats are playing defense in governors’ races in 2012, protecting eight seats — some in conservative states like North Carolina and Montana — while Republicans are safeguarding just four. But one of those is in Wisconsin, where a recall effort against incumbent Scott Walker has emerged as a national test of the confrontational measures many GOP governors have taken to balance state budgets.

Both parties agree the landscape is quite different than in 2010, where 37 states elected governors at the height of the economic downturn and amid roiling voter anger over government spending and debt. Republicans netted 6 new seats that year, including important presidential bellwether states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. There are currently 29 Republican governors, 20 Democrats and 1 independent.

This year, just 8 seats are up for grabs against a backdrop of a slowly improving national economy and a presidential contest that will draw a broader range of voters. Republicans are casting the contests as a referendum on their own party’s leadership in tough times while Democrats are calling it a potential course correction after two years of GOP overreach.

“The public in a number of states in 2010 thought they were sending the message that with new leadership in the governor’s office they’d get an accelerated recovery. Instead they got a hard right turn in ideology,” said Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association in an interview.

O’Malley pointed to Ohio, where voters soundly rejected a ballot measure backed by Republican governor John Kasich to curtail public employee unions, and Florida, where Rick Scott’s aggressive budget cuts and remote style helped sink his approval ratings to record lows last year.

“The governors we elected over the last couple of cycles have come into office, made tough gutsy decisions that haven’t always been popular. But they’ve been honest enough to tell their voters we can’t afford to do things the same way,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Nowhere are the parties’ contrasting visions on more vivid display than in Wisconsin, where Democrats submitted more than a million petitions in January to recall Walker, whose efforts to slash state worker benefits and end their collective bargaining rights drew fierce protests from union members and other activists.

The special election is expected to take place in June, with a likely primary in May to select a Democrat to challenge Walker. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, a favorite of labor leaders, is expected to run, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is also exploring a race.

Both parties agree that the Wisconsin recall is likely to be the closest governor’s race of the year, and possibly the most expensive.

Democrats have modest hopes for a pickup in Indiana, where Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels is stepping down after two terms. Rep. Mike Pence, a 6-term Republican from eastern Indiana, is running to replace Daniels, but John Gregg, a Democrat and former state House speaker, is mounting a strong effort.

Indiana is heavily Republican and Obama’s popularity in the state has dropped considerably since winning the state in 2008, the first Democratic presidential hopeful in 40 years to do so. But the DGA’s O’Malley said the strengthening auto industry, both nationally and in Indiana, could boost Gregg’s chances.

Some states with elections this year are expecting to retain current governors, including Republicans Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota and Gary Herbert of Utah and Democrats Jack Markell of Delaware and Peter Shumlin of Vermont.

But from there, Republicans expect to be on offense.

— In Washington state, where two-term Democrat Christine Gregoire is stepping down, Rob McKenna, the popular GOP attorney general, is running to replace her. Washington has not elected a Republican governor in 30 years, but party leaders say McKenna is a good fit for the state which Obama won handily in 2008 and will likely do so again this time. Longtime Rep. Jay Inslee is expected to be the Democratic contender.

— In Montana, a conservative state where Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer is stepping down after two terms, Republicans are enthusiastic about their chances despite a June primary that has drawn at least 7 hopefuls so far. Former Rep. Rick Hill is considered a favorite. Attorney General Steve Bullock leads the Democratic field.

— In Missouri, where incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon is seeking re-election, Republicans hope the state’s slow economic recovery and an expected tight presidential and senate contest could help their chances of recapturing the seat. Dave Spence, a wealthy suburban St. Louis businessman, is among the candidates running in the August GOP primary.

— In West Virginia, a rematch is shaping up between incumbent Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican Bill Maloney, who came within 3 points of beating Tomblin in a 2011 special election despite almost no political experience and little name recognition. The RGA’s McDonnell predicted Obama’s presence at the top of the ticket this time was likely to drag down Tomblin. Obama lost the state to Republican John McCain in 2008 by 13 points.

— In North Carolina, where incumbent Democrat Bev Perdue is stepping down after a single rocky term, Republicans are enthusiastic about Pat McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor who came within a few points of beating Perdue in 2008. Former Rep Bob Etheridge and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton are among the Democrats expected to compete in the May primary.

— In New Hampshire, where Democrat John Lynch is retiring, Republican conservative activists Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith are vying for the Republican nomination while former state Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan is a favorite in the Democratic primary. New Hampshire went heavily Republican in 2010 after a gradual Democratic shift in the prior decade. It’s considered a swing state in this year’s presidential contest and could even lean Republican if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the GOP nominee. Obama won the state handily in 2008.

Republicans also have a significant financial advantage in the 2012 contest. The RGA raised $44 million in 2011 and had nearly $27 million cash on hand in the group’s most recent filing, while the Democrats raised $20 million and had about $12 million on hand.

LAUREL, Mont. — Teams of federal and state workers fanned out Sunday along Montana’s famed Yellowstone River to gauge the environmental damage from a ruptured Exxon Mobil pipeline that spewed tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the waterway.

The break near Billings, in south-central Montana, fouled the riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts to close intakes.

An Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Sonya Pennock said an unspecified amount of oil could be seen some 40 miles downriver during a fly-over Sunday, and there were other reports of oil as far as 100 miles away near the town of Hysham.

Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. President Gary Pruessing said company observers flying over the river had seen “very little soiling” beyond Billings, and that the oil appeared to be evaporating and dissipating into the river as the flooded Yellowstone carries it downstream.

A representative of the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Division said the company’s claim was reasonable but had not been independently verified.

State officials on Saturday had reported a 25-mile-long slick headed downstream toward the Yellowstone’s confluence with the Missouri River, just across the Montana border in North Dakota. An estimated 1,000 barrels spilled Saturday before the flow was stopped.

“My guess is that as fast as that water is moving, it’s probably dissipating pretty quick,” said DES public assistance officer Tim Thennis.

Exxon Mobil also revealed Sunday that the 12-inch pipeline had been temporarily shut down in May because of concerns over the rising waters on the Yellowstone. Pruessing said the company decided to restart the line a day later after examining its safety record and deciding the risk of failure was low.

The company and government officials have speculated that high waters in recent weeks may have scoured the river bottom and exposed the pipeline to debris that could have damaged the pipe. The state has received record rainfall in the last month and also has a huge snowpack in the mountains that is melting, which has resulted in widespread flooding.

Agency on-scene coordinator Steve Way said fast flows along the flooding river were spreading the oil over a large area, making it harder to capture. But Way said that also could reduce damage to wildlife and cropland along the river.

Crews were putting absorbent material along short stretches of the river in Billings and near Laurel, but there were no attempts at capturing oil farther out in the river. In some areas, oil flowed underneath booms and continued downstream.

But property owners along the river were growing frustrated with the response, particularly in agricultural areas where crops and pastures for grazing were at risk.

Billings-area goat rancher Alexis Bonogofsky said the flooding Yellowstone brought the oil into her summer pastures — pollution she’s not sure what to do with. Bonogofsky said she had been unable to get answers through either government authorities or Exxon Mobil.

“My place is covered with oil,” she said. “I would like a list that says ‘This is what’s in crude oil.’ ... I called a million times yesterday and got no response.”