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Former Dallas Judge Chosen for Federal Bench

Posted: 07/18/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush has nominated a former judge in Dallas to join the New Orleans-based Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The nomination of Catharina Haynes faces U.S. Senate approval.

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White House Objects to Taxing Cigarettes for Children's Health Insurance

Posted: 07/18/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is objecting to how a $35 billion increase in children's health insurance would be paid -- with a 61-cent tax hike on each pack of cigarettes. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt says the proposed bill would ironically increase taxes on low-income taxpayers as a way to fund health coverage for low-income individuals.

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Prairie View Artists Featured in National Exhibit

Updated: 07/18/2007 - ATLANTA--The work of three Prairie View A&M University faculty artists, Clarence Talley, Sr., Ann Johnson and Tracey Moore, will be featured in a ground breaking multi-media exhibit titled “Coming By Force: Overcoming By Choice” during the upcoming 2007 National Black Arts Festival. The exhibit will be on display in Atlanta’s Apex Museum in partnership with the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU) and will run through December 2007.

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New Attraction Lands at Bush Library

Updated: 07/17/2007 - A special piece of history has touched down at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. A replica of Air Force One went on display Tuesday.

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Convict to Stand Trial in Madison County

Updated: 07/17/2007 - He's already doing 60 years in prison for an armed robbery conviction in Leon County. Now a New Orleans man is set to stand trial in Madison County for attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

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Illinois Lawmakers Push for FutureGen Plant

Updated: 07/18/2007 - The Illinois House Tuesday approved an incentive package meant to land the cutting-edge FutureGen coal project. The measure now goes to the Illinois Senate.

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Morrow Named Bryan Police Chief

Updated: 07/18/2007 - The choice for chief was tough, but a finalist has been chosen. Tyrone Morrow from Fairfax County, Virginia will bring more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement to Bryan as the city's next police chief.

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TB Patient to Undergo Lung Surgery

Posted: 07/17/2007 - ATLANTA (AP) - Andrew Speaker says he's preparing for surgery Tuesday to remove the diseased portion of his right lung. Speaker is the Atlanta attorney with tuberculosis who sparked an international health scare in May. He tells CNN the expectation is that the operation will rid him of the disease.

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Perry Makes Fundraising Dash After Legislative Session

Posted: 07/17/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Republican Governor Rick Perry hasn't said if he's running for office in 2010, but he's not slowing down on his fund-raising. Perry reports raising more than $881,000 in only 13 days in June after the recent Texas legislative session and bill-signing period ended.

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South Texas Judge Returning to Bench After Guilty Plea

Posted: 07/17/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A judge from Eagle Pass will return to the bench after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a government record. State District Judge Amado Abascal the Third was indicted but never convicted of felony charges related to alleged improper campaign contributions.

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Four-Year-Old Fatally Shot at Home

Posted: 07/17/2007 - HONEY GROVE, Texas (AP) - Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a four-year-old northeast Texas boy. Fannin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kirk McMurrey says the victim and his ten-year-old stepbrother were home alone when the accident happened.

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Mom Raped and Killed at Popular Texas Beach

Posted: 07/17/2007 - CRYSTAL BEACH, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a 28-year-old mother whose beaten body was found by campers on a popular beach near Galveston was brutally raped. The Galveston County Medical Examiner said Bridgette Lynn Gearen of Orange also had been strangled. But the medical examiner has not determined whether that was the cause of death.

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Environmentalists File Motion for Rehearing in Coal Plant

Posted: 07/17/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Some environmental groups have asked regulators to reconsider their decision to allow TXU to build a coal-fired power plant in Central Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last month approved an air permit for the two-unit plant in Robertson County, about 100 miles northeast of Austin.

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Fake Priest Blamed for Thefts in Kilgore Hospital

Posted: 07/17/2007 - KILGORE, Texas (AP) - Kilgore police are looking for a man who passes himself off as a priest to steal from hospital patients. Authorities say the man wears a collar and pretends to be ministering to his victims.

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Justice Settles Six Voting Rights Lawsuits in Texas

Posted: 07/17/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has settled six voting rights lawsuits in Texas. The suits alleged that some cities, counties and school districts had violated the rights of Spanish-speaking residents.

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Dallas Officer Shot by His Own Taser

Posted: 07/17/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police say an officer was shot by a woman with his own Taser during a visit to the officer's home while he was on duty. Officer Charles Jeffers told investigators he'd stopped to use the restroom at his home Sunday night while on his way to investigate a burglary. He let a woman he knew into the house, leading to her shooting the Taser.

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Farmers Pulls Plan for Home Insurance Rate Hike

Posted: 07/17/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Farmers Insurance will revise its plan for an increase in homeowners rates because state regulators indicated they would turn down its initial proposal. Farmers withdrew its proposed 6.6 percent statewide increase in homeowners rates Monday, canceling a premium increase set to take effect.

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Madisonville Wreck Leaves Travelers "Homeless"

Updated: 07/17/2007 - A group pulling a travel trailer found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time. The place was the side of the road on Interstate 45 just north of Madisonville. The time was around 4 p.m. Monday. That's when authorities say a truck crashed into the trailer.

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Conroe Man Charged in Girlfriend's Grisly Death

Posted: 07/16/2007 - A domestic dispute took a terrifying turn in Conroe where a man is accused of dousing his girlfriend with gas and setting her on fire. Authorities have charged John Dodd with murder after Terry Lee died from her injuries Sunday night.

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Brazos River Expected to Fall to Normal Levels by Tuesday

Updated: 07/16/2007 - Recent rainfall prompted river flood warnings in several parts of the Brazos Valley. Local officials have been concerned that several rivers may exceed their banks. But when it comes to the Brazos River, the worst is over.

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