Posted: 12/21/2006 - NASA managers have options, but none of them is ideal as they consider where to land the space shuttle Friday. The forecast calls for low clouds and showers at Kennedy Space Center, the primary site. Crosswinds are expected at the main back-up site at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The weather looks good at a seldom-used back up site in New Mexico, but that creates logistical headaches.
Posted: 12/21/2006 - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is suing a Houston chemical company and two of its subsidiaries -- accusing them of releasing harmful pollutants into the air. Officials with Lyondell Chemical denied the accusations. According to the lawsuit, four chemical plants run by Lyondell and subsidiaries Equistar Chemicals and Millennium Petrochemicals released unauthorized harmful emissions.
Posted: 12/21/2006 - Governor Rick Perry has granted a full pardon to a Dallas man who served 22 years in prison for a sexual assault he did not commit. DNA testing proved the innocence of Billy Wayne Miller and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had recommended his case for clemency.
Updated: 12/20/2006 - The preliminary report on the Maryland plane crash that killed two local residents is in. According to the initial findings, witnesses who arrived on the scene shortly after the December 9 crash said an obstruction light in place to indicate tall trees near the airport was not illuminated.
Posted: 12/20/2006 - The University of Texas at Tyler plans to waive tuition for students whose families make less than 25-thousand dollars annually. The program will begin in the fall 2007 semester.
Posted: 12/20/2006 - Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay one and one-half (m) million dollars and kick in potentially thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over CD's with built-in anti-piracy software. The settlements announced Tuesday pertain to lawsuits over CD's loaded with one of two types of copy-protection software -- MediaMax or XCP.
Posted: 12/20/2006 - Two former employees of the University of Texas at Arlington allege they were fired after praying over another staffer's cubicle and anointing it with olive oil. The suit claims a male worker told them about problems he was having with another employee. The two women and the man stayed after work to pray for the employee.
Updated: 12/20/2006 - The White House acknowledges it's considering a temporary "surge" of US troops in Iraq, but denies a split with the Joint Chiefs over the idea. Press Secretary Tony Snow says a short-term boost in troop strength is among a number of ideas President Bush is looking at.
Posted: 12/19/2006 - For the second day in a row, a suspect's actions turned a minor crime into a major one. Tuesday's incident took place at the College Station Kettle shortly before 3:30 p.m.
Updated: 12/19/2006 - Miss USA will keep her crown after all. Pageant co-owner Donald Trump allowed Tara Conner to retain her title despite reports of heavy drinking while being underage. Miss USA 2001, A&M grad and former KBTX reporter Kandace Krueger said Trump made the right choice.
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