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Houston Tycoon Cleared, Guide Indicted in Russian Hunting Trip

Posted: 09/14/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A Virginia-based hunting guide has been indicted on a charge of importing antlers and horns from game that was illegally hunted in Russia. But his client, Houston billionaire Dan Duncan, was cleared of charges.

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Brazos Valley Gets Ready to CROP Poverty

Posted: 09/13/2007 - Brazos Valley residents are preparing to pound out hunger one step at a time. Organizers of the annual Crop Hunger Walk distributed brochures, maps, and sponsor forms on Thursday at their Orientation Open House at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Woodcreek Drive.

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Texas A&M Answers Why Fruits and Veggies Are Good For You

Updated: 09/13/2007 - Texas A&M is helping the world explain why eating fruits and vegetables is so important. Agricultural officials from 19 countries served formed a delegation that took a tour of research labs at A&M's Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center.

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Bush Accepts Petraeus Recommendations

Updated: 09/13/2007 - President Bush has accepted the recommendations of his top commander in Iraq, who said the troop surge is working, and is ordering gradual reductions in U.S. forces there.

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State Firefighter Olympics B/CS 2008

Updated: 09/13/2007 - The games will feature a variety of sports ranging from golf to paintball, with current and retired firefighters from all across the state expected to participate in the event.

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CSPD: Kidnapping Attempt a Hoax

Updated: 09/14/2007 - It turns out a reported kidnapping attempt on Thursday at a College Station school was a hoax. College Station police say the Oakwood Intermediatel student recanted her story of being kidnapped.

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State Bank Robber Sentenced

Updated: 09/14/2007 - A Dallas-area man pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing a College Station bank at gunpoint. Edward Crain, 24, of Grand Prairie was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated robbery.

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Convicted Murderer Denied New Trial

Updated: 09/14/2007 - A conspirator in one of the largest murder for hire plots to rock the Brazos Valley will not get a new trial.

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Texas A&M's MSC Set For Renovations

Updated: 09/14/2007 - The Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University has been the campus' focal point for over 50 years. It is a place for students to meet, study, and most importantly, it is a memorial to Aggies who have lost their lives in war.

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Local Preservation Efforts Recognized

Posted: 09/13/2007 - The First Lady of Texas honors a Brazos Valley community for its preservation efforts. Calvert Mayor Marcus Greaves and Cathy Lazarus, Chair of the Robertson County Historical Commission, received their Preserve America Community certificate from Texas First Lady Anita Perry in Austin Wednesday.

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Low Approval Ratings for President and Congress

Posted: 09/13/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Only a third of the public is satisfied with the job President Bush is doing and even fewer are pleased with Congress, according to a poll by The Associated Press and Ipsos released Thursday. Bush's approval on various issues ranged from 40 percent on foreign policy and terrorism to 33 percent on Iraq. But he wasn't the only one whose popularity was in the doldrums.

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Accidental Gun Discharge Injures Three at Synagogue

Posted: 09/13/2007 - DALLAS — An 81-year-old man accidentally dropped a handgun during Rosh Hashanah services at a temple, and the weapon shot his daughter in the foot and injured two other people. Marvin Marks accidentally dropped the gun when he stood up at the synagogue Wednesday evening, police said.

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San Antonio Detective Arrested for Assault

Posted: 09/13/2007 - SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio police detective has been arrested for assault after allegedly hitting a man who was dating his ex-wife. Detective Bryan Baldwin was arrested Wednesday after Rogelio Romero, 32, called and reported that Baldwin hit him in the face several times after he dropped off Baldwin's ex-wife on Sunday.

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Jury Selected in Sect Leader's Trial

Posted: 09/13/2007 - ST. GEORGE, Utah — The jury has been selected in the trial of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is charged with rape by accomplice for his role in the arranged marriage of a 14-year-old girl to her 19-year-old cousin.

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Humberto's Havoc

Updated: 09/13/2007 - BEAUMONT, Texas — Humberto, the first hurricane to hit the U.S. in two years, sneaked up on south Texas and Louisiana overnight and crashed ashore Thursday with heavy rains and 80 mph winds, killing at least one person. The system rapidly became a Category 1 hurricane, then weakened to a tropical storm by midmorning and bore into central Louisiana.

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Scheduled Execution Stopped by Court Order

Posted: 09/13/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The scheduled Thursday night execution of a Texas prisoner for his part in the slaying of two workers during a robbery was stopped after the Dallas County district attorney's office asked that the execution order be withdrawn. Joseph Lave, 42, would have been the 25th inmate given lethal injection in Texas, the nation's busiest death penalty state.

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Mom's Boyfriend a Suspect in Six-Year-Old's Death

Posted: 09/13/2007 - CORSICANA, Texas — The boyfriend of a dead 6-year-old girl's mother is the "current primary suspect" in the sexual assault and hanging of the girl, the Navarro County sheriff's office said Thursday. Live-in boyfriend Kevin Wayne Anders was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of child pornography.

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Mosquitoes in Bryan Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Posted: 09/13/2007 - Brazos County health officials are warning that mosquitoes collected on September 4th tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The sampling location was at Martin Luther King Jr. Street and Moss Street in Bryan.

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Mom Wants Explanation for Son's Iraq Death

Posted: 09/13/2007 - TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - The mother of a soldier who died in a Baghdad vehicle accident weeks after co-writing a New York Times op-ed piece wants the Army to explain his death. The August 19th editorial co-written by 28-year-old Sergeant Omar Mora was critical of the Pentagon's positive assessment of the Iraq war.

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Execution Set for Tonight

Posted: 09/13/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A death-row inmate is set for execution tonight for the ghastly murders of two suburban Dallas sporting goods store workers. Joseph Lave is to die for the Thanksgiving eve 1992 deaths of Justin Marquart and Frederick Banzhaf. Police say both were found bound with duct tape with their heads battered with a hammer claw and their throats slit.

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Saddam's Words Heard at Texas Oilman's Trial

Posted: 09/13/2007 - NEW YORK (AP) - Jurors in the trial of a Houston oilman heard a taped meeting involving the businessman, Saddam Hussein and former Texas Governor John Connally. Oscar S. Wyatt Jr. is accused of paying millions of dollars in kickbacks to Iraqi officials. Prosecutors say Wyatt cashed in on his friendship to garner lucrative oil contracts from the corrupt United Nations oil-for-food program.

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