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Judge Rules Woman Accused of Taking Newborn is Competent for Trial

Posted: 07/26/2007 - LUBBOCK, Texas — A judge ruled Thursday that the 21-year-old woman accused of slipping into a hospital maternity ward wearing medical scrubs and abducting a days-old baby girl is competent to stand trial. Rayshaun Parson pleaded not guilty in April to a federal kidnapping charge in connection with the disappearance of Mychael Darthard-Dawodu from a Lubbock hospital.

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$2 Million Going Toward Border Security Technology

Posted: 07/26/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - An El Paso company is getting $2 million in high-tech funding from Texas. Governor Rick Perry says the money will help SecureOrigins get its border security technology to the market.

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Lamakers Offer Dramatically Different Proposals on Children's Health Insurance

Posted: 07/26/2007 - CAPITOL HILL (AP) - Lawmakers in the House are offering two dramatically different proposals on health insurance for the working poor. The proposals are a result of little talk between House Republicans and Democrats about renewing the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

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More Trouble for Gonzales

Posted: 07/26/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - There is more trouble for President Bush's embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Newly disclosed documents are fanning calls by members of Congress for a perjury investigation and his ouster.

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House Moves to Free Border Patrol Agents

Posted: 07/26/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. House of Representatives has OK'd a move by conservative Republicans to try to set free two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican drug dealer. After a long, emotional debate, the House voted by voice to block the Bureau of Prisons from keeping former agents Ignacio Ramos and Alonso Compean in federal prison.

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Two Arrested in Killing of Pizza Deliveryman in Boerne

Posted: 07/26/2007 - BOERNE, Texas (AP) - Kendall County authorities have arrested two suspects in the robbery and stabbing death of a pizza deliveryman in Boerne. Officials say phone records helped lead to 20-year-old Karl Anthony Hodson and 22-year-old Jenilee Ann Sheppard, both from Bandera County.

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Former Midland Academy Teacher Given 26 Years in Prison

Posted: 07/26/2007 - MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - A former Midland Academy Charter School teacher was sentenced to 26 years in prison after a jury convicted him of two counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of an improper relationship with a student.

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Three Indicted Over Failed Attack at Burleson Church

Posted: 07/26/2007 - BURLESON, Texas (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted three teens accused in a failed attempt to ignite an explosive at an under-construction church in Burleson. Prosecutors in Dallas say all three suspects are from Burleson: 19-year-old Dayton Lee Calaway, 18-year-old Michael Philip Plaisted Junior and 18-year-old Jered Michael Ragon.

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Leak Blamed for Tank Explosions Near Downtown Dallas

Posted: 07/26/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Dallas fire crews continued to battle hot spots at a gas facility after explosions rocked the industrial area. Three people were hurt in the mid-morning accident at Southwest Industrial Gases, near downtown Dallas. Police hours later checked bridges for structural damage and cleaned debris from the shut-down roadways.

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GOP Measure Aims to Secure Mexico Border

Posted: 07/25/2007 - Some US Senate Republicans Wednesday sought to win passage of a $3 billion plan to beef up security along the border with Mexico.

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Officials Hope for Tourism Bump After Bush Library Renovations

Updated: 11/01/2007 - Before the Bush Presidential Library, 34 motor coaches came to the Twin Cities each year. When they opened, they initially got 50 per month, though now, that number is down to 20 per month. How do you get those numbers back up? With renovation.

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New A&M Regents Take Oath

Updated: 07/25/2007 - The newly appointed members of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents took their oath Wednesday evening. The three new appointees are: Morris Edwin Foster of Houston, J.L. Huffines of Dallas, and James P. Wilson of Sugar Land.

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Fire School Show Cancelled Due to Weather

Posted: 07/25/2007 - Due to impending inclement weather, Wednesday night's public demonstrations at Brayton Fire Training Field have been cancelled.

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Twelve Year Old Drowning Victim To Be Laid To Rest

Updated: 07/25/2007 - Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Michael Ross, who drowned in a local hotel swimming pool on Monday night. Ross, 12, will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 28 in his hometown of Fairfield.

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Walker County Residents Return After Weeks of Flooding

Updated: 07/25/2007 - Residents have returned to their houses along the Trinity River in Walker County. After weeks of flooding, the water level has started to go down and the clean-up process has started.

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Beat the Heat in Summer Workouts

Updated: 07/25/2007 - Heat and exercise can be a hazardous combination. However, officials at the St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center have some creative indoor workouts that can help you stay cool and fit.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Increases to $55 Million

Posted: 07/25/2007 - ATLANTA — The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery drawing grew to $55 million Wednesday. None of the tickets sold for Tuesday's $44 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball. The next drawing will be Friday.

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Lightning Kills Man at Lost Maples State Natural Area

Posted: 07/25/2007 - SAN ANTONIO — A 50-year-old man was killed in stormy weather at Lost Maples State Natural Area when he took shelter under a tree that was struck by lightning, officials said. Officials identified the victim as William Clardy of San Antonio.

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Study Shows Texas Leads Nation in Teen Birth Rate

Posted: 07/25/2007 - HOUSTON — Texas had the nation's highest birth rate among teenagers ages 15 to 19 in 2004, according to a newly released study of children's health. The Kids Count study, which is updated annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, said the Texas rate of 63 births per 1,000 teens remained the same from 2003 to 2004.

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Crystal Beach Murder Investigation Coming Up Empty

Posted: 07/25/2007 - GALVESTON, Texas — Authorities investigating the rape and murder of a 28-year-old mother on a popular stretch of beach near Galveston said they need the public's help to jump-start their stalled case. Bridgette Lynn Gearen disappeared late July 14, around the time she and some friends staying at a beach house were leaving to take a late-night drive, officials said. Campers found her beaten and strangled body in the Crystal Beach surf early the next morning.

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Man Ignored Evacuation Order, Asked to Pay for Rescue

Posted: 07/25/2007 - WEATHERFORD, Texas — A man who shot himself in the leg while stranded at home during flooding is being asked to reimburse the county for his swift-water rescue because he ignored evacuation orders. Parker County commissioners voted Monday to bill Edward Musick for $1,573.68, the estimated rescue cost.

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State Auditor Employee Accused of Bribery

Posted: 07/25/2007 - RICHMOND, Texas (AP) - An auditor for the state who's accused of seeking a bribe in Fort Bend County has been fired. Thirty-six-year-old Alfonso Gutierrez Jimenez was arraigned in Richmond on a bribery charge. Texas Rangers Tuesday received information that Jimenez solicited a $5,000 bribe in exchange for reducing a business owner's tax liability during an audit.

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Texas Cattle Ranchers Worry Rain Will Hurt Hay Quality

Posted: 07/25/2007 - LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas ranchers, for two years, yearned for greener pastures. Now with the drought behind them, ranchers and hay producers in some parts of the state are hampered by frequent rain that's keeping them out of fields.

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Ex-Amarillo Teacher Admits to Sexual Assault of a Child

Posted: 07/25/2007 - AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A former Amarillo High School teacher must serve probation after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a child. Martha Lynn Perry was 47 when she was indicted in December of 2004 after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

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