Updated: 01/22/2007 - An off-duty College Station police officer accused of shooting a neighbor's miniature horse has been cleared of any wrongdoing. A Brazos County grand jury determined that filing criminal charges against Damian Anderson was not warranted or justified.
Posted: 01/22/2007 - A 10-year-old Texhoma girl who escaped from her abductor's vehicle in New Mexico has been reunited with her family. Investigators have also issued a revised description of her captor.
Posted: 01/22/2007 - New Braunfels city officials say a slate of proposed ordinances are meant to rein in rowdy tubers on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. The City Council plans today to consider rules to curb drinking by banning open alcohol containers at several riverfront parks.
Posted: 01/22/2007 - The trial of a University of Texas student accused of killing and mutilating a 21-year-old woman is scheduled to begin Monday in Austin. Colton Pitonyak is accused of killing Jennifer Cave in August 2005. Police say he left her partially dismembered body in his campus-area apartment and then fled to Mexico.
Updated: 01/22/2007 - As the search continues for the next Bryan Police Chief, the city now has to find an interim replacement for Mike Strope. Strope officially retired last July, but agreed to stay on until a permanent replacement could be found. Now Strope has informed the city he will fully retire as of February 25, leaving Bryan city officials looking for a temporary replacement.
Posted: 01/21/2007 - Both the cities of Bryan and College Station are moving closer to the installation of red light cameras at high-traffic intersections. And Bryan City Council is on the receiving end of a presentation this week. In other business, Bryan City Council will also consider an economic incentive package for an Illinois company wanting to build in the city.
Posted: 01/20/2007 - A Wharton construction worker with four previous drunken driving convictions has been charged with felony murder. Guillarmo Paniagua is accused of being drunk and then fleeing the scene of a crash in which a police chief died.
Posted: 01/20/2007 - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has ruled that horse slaughter is illegal in Texas. The state is home to two of the nation's three processing plants.
Updated: 01/21/2007 - A cold and dreary day met abortion protestors, and the organizers of the event said it was appropriate. Pro-life supporters gathered Saturday morning in front of the local Planned Parenthood location to protest abortion in advance of the Roe v. Wade anniversary.
Posted: 01/19/2007 - A local group pursuing a $40 million emergency radio network could have a couple of new teammates. Brenham and Washington County have expressed interest in joining the Brazos County delegation spear-heading the effort.
Posted: 01/19/2007 - A gas leak near Franklin forced the evacuation of a handful of area residents on Friday. According to Robertson County officials, gas began spewing from a Conoco Phillips natural gas well.
Posted: 01/19/2007 - The Confederacy is creating a stir this week in Texas government. Rocker Ted Nugent on Tuesday wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag on stage at Governor Rick Perry's inaugural ball.
Posted: 01/19/2007 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Iraq, for the second time in less than a month. He arrived with no advance public announcement in the southern city of Basra this morning to talk to allied military commanders, including the British. Britain has some seven-thousand soldiers in the Basra area but plans to send a lot of them home this year.
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