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Robertson County's Proposed Plant Faces Formal Opposition

Updated: 07/18/2007 - Environmental groups said Tuesday they filed motions requesting that state regulators reconsider their approval of a permit allowing TXU Corp. to build a new coal-fired power plant in Central Texas.

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Blinn Police Academy Deadline Approaches

Posted: 07/18/2007 - A deadline is fast-approaching for those hoping for a career in law enforcement. The deadline for application to the police academy for Fall 2007 at Blinn College is July 31, with the 17-week academy beginning on August 13. The academy is a partnership between Blinn and the Texas Engineering Extension Service to give students both college credit and hands-on experience.

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Fun for Future Farmers

Updated: 10/02/2009 - A&M Consolidated is offering a chance for children between the ages of four and ten to “Jump Start Your Future.” The school’s Agricultural Science Department is hosting an FFA Ag Camp August 16 and 17.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Increases to $35 Million

Posted: 07/18/2007 - ATLANTA — The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery drawing grew to $35 million Wednesday. None of the tickets sold for Tuesday's $26 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball. The next drawing will be Friday.

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Woman Pleads Guilty to Sex Assault of Infant Daughter

Posted: 07/18/2007 - TEXAS CITY, Texas — A woman accused of sexually assaulting her infant daughter and videotaping her husband performing sex acts on two children has pleaded guilty to three counts of child sex assault. Julie Lynn Hinds, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual performance by a child and promotion of child pornography. She faces punishment ranging from probation to life in prison.

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Former Sheriff Facing New Charges

Posted: 07/18/2007 - BASTROP, Texas — Former Bastrop County Sheriff Richard Hernandez, already under indictment on charges of improperly using county materials and inmates for personal projects, faces six new corruption charges. Hernandez, 51, was indicted Tuesday on new charges, including one count of theft by a public servant after being accused of having a jail fence moved to his own property.

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Officer Accused of Having Sex with Teen

Posted: 07/18/2007 - BROWNWOOD, Texas (AP) - A police officer has been accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl. The teen is a member of a law enforcement program for teenagers.

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Deputy Critically Injured in Dragging; Suspect Dead

Posted: 07/18/2007 - COLDSPRING, Texas — An East Texas deputy was injured Wednesday when he was struck and dragged more than 50 feet by a sport-utility vehicle driving in reverse, investigators said. San Jacinto County Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Barnes was in good condition at Memorial Herrman Hospital. The suspected driver was found dead less than a mile from the dragging scene still in the SUV.

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Four Plead Guilty in Abduction of Richardson Man

Posted: 07/18/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Four people charged in a May drug-related kidnapping that included shots fired outside a Wal-Mart have pleaded guilty in Dallas. The victim, Carlos Moreno Esquivel of Richardson, was found alive in a trailer.

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A Shopper's Holiday

Posted: 07/18/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Shoppers wanting a tax break on some items can look forward to August 17th through the 19th in Texas. Those are the dates for the state's annual tax holiday, as students get ready to return to school.

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Edwards Secures Funding for Navasota Police Department

Posted: 07/18/2007 - (WASHINGTON, DC) - Congressman Chet Edwards announced that the 2008 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill passed the House Appropriations Committee Thursday and will include his request for $300,000 to help the Navasota Police Department upgrade their communications and computer systems.

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Man Fights Flesh-Eating Bacteria Contracted at Texas Beach

Posted: 07/18/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A man was listed in critical but stable condition after three surgeries aimed at saving him from a flesh-eating bacteria. Steve Gilpatrick of Nacogdoches was infected with the disease during a swim off Crystal Beach in Galveston County on July eighth. The 58-year-old is suffering from multiple organ failure and doctors are trying to save his leg.

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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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