Posted: 11/16/2006 - A legislator who authored child protection measures known as "Ashley's Laws" has filed bills to toughen penalties for sexual predators of youngsters. The chief measure filed by Senator Florence Shapiro of Plano creates a new offense of continuous sexual abuse -- punishable by 25 years in prison.
Posted: 11/16/2006 - The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to new rules requiring high school students take four years of classes in both math and science. The board Wednesday approved adding a year to the current minimum requirement of three years in both subjects.
Posted: 11/15/2006 - When Congress passed the Patriot Act in 2001, the goal was to keep a watchful eye any and all possible activities of terrorists and, or terrorist supporters that may be within the borders of the United States. The scope of the Act places ordinary transactions of people under the watchful eye of the government.
Posted: 11/15/2006 - More than half the occupants of a Bryan city bus had to be taken for medical attention after an afternoon accident involving a pickup on 29th Street.
Updated: 11/16/2006 - The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) has named Bob McTeer as a Distinguished Fellow. McTeer, currently chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, will lead the NCPA's work on economic policy issues ranging from fiscal and monetary policy to tax reform.
Posted: 11/15/2006 - Two Waco-area high school football players have been charged with assault for allegedly hitting a junior varsity player in the back with cleats.
Posted: 11/15/2006 - Officials at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls are investigating whether some officers in the pilot training program -- cheated. An investigation started November third into possible academic misconduct by officers from the 80th Flying Training Wing.
Posted: 11/15/2006 - Hundreds of modular homes meant for hurricane victims were damaged beyond repair while unused and unprotected from weather. The failure to protect the homes from the sun and rain while they were in storage was outlined in a report by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general.
Updated: 11/15/2006 - As Fort Hood’s 4th Infantry Division officially completes the transfer of responsibility for operations in and around Baghdad to the post’s 1st Cavalry Division, thousands of 4th ID soldiers begin to return to post later this month.
Posted: 11/15/2006 - A state panel says Texas prisons are overcrowded with thousands of unnecessary inmates because the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles hasn't followed its own parole guidelines for releasing prisoners. Members of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which periodically reviews state agencies and recommends changes, told the parole board in a hearing in Austin Tuesday that a lack of alcohol and drug treatment programs was another contributing factor to the overcrowding problem.
Updated: 11/15/2006 - Water service will be turned off to College Station customers in a limited area along Munson Avenue from Holt Street to Harvey Road beginning at 11 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, and continuing through 7 a.m. Thursday, November 16. Water will be turned off to allow College Station Water Services crews to repair a leaking water valve on Munson Avenue.
Posted: 11/14/2006 - Dormitories at Sam Houston State University are slated to be demolished. The Frels and Wilson Hall located in the middle of campus will be torn down.
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