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Shuttle Moves to Launch Pad

Posted: 07/11/2007 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Endeavour arrived at its launch pad early Wednesday for a flight to deliver teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan and six crewmates to the international space station. It's been a nearly five-year wait for Endeavour, and the shuttle has nothing on Morgan: She's been waiting 22 years to reach orbit.

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Jury to Continue Deliberations in King Ranch Case

Posted: 07/11/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The probate court judge overseeing a monthslong trial over the estate of King Ranch heir B.K. Johnson ordered the jury to further deliberate the long list of questions in the case after they were apparently confused by how many jurors had to agree on the verdict. A verdict in the civil case that pits Johnson's daughters and grandchildren against his third wife and J.P. Morgan Trust Company requires that at least 10 of the 12 jurors agree on the exact same answers to 25 questions given them in their instructions.

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Officer Advises Against Trial for Marine in Haditha Killings

Posted: 07/11/2007 - SAN DIEGO (AP) - An investigating officer has recommended dismissing murder charges against a Marine accused in the slayings of three Iraqi men. According to a report, the government had not produced enough evidence to show that Lance Corporal Justin L. Sharratt had executed the three men.

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Casey Says the Army is Stretched

Posted: 07/11/2007 - FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) - Chief of Staff General George Casey says the Army is stretched thin and long deployments are taking a toll on soldiers and their families. Casey, who in April became the 36th Army chief of staff, toured Fort Bliss. Casey says the war in Iraq, which started in 2003, has put so much pressure on the Army that limiting deployments to 15 months can't be guaranteed.

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Texan to be Executed Tonight in South Dakota

Posted: 07/11/2007 - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The governor of South Dakota says he'll be on an open phone line tonight to the death chamber when a Texan's punishment is carried out. Elijah Page of Athens, Texas, was condemned over the 2000 torture slaying of Chester Poage of Spearfish, South Dakota.

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Man Told to Stop Lighting Cigarettes Before House Explosion

Posted: 07/11/2007 - CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - A man whose wife died after their home exploded had been told not to light any more cigarettes before the blast. That's according to a city of Cleburne fire marshal's report. After calling the fire department last May, David Pawlick said quote: "every time my wife lights a cigarette, a blue flame shoots up to the ceiling."

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State Auditor to Investigate TEA Contract Practices

Posted: 07/11/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - The state auditor's office will investigate how the Texas Education Agency awards lucrative contracts. State auditor John Keel said his office has opened an investigation, but said he couldn't comment further. The annoucement comes after an internal investigation revealed TEA didn't follow its own rules when giving contracts for state work.

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Man Killed in Street Sweeper Accident

Posted: 07/11/2007 - NEW SUMMERFIELD, Texas (AP) - A 26-year-old East Texas man is dead after a street sweeper rolled on top of him. Department of Public Safety officials say Everado Reyes-Lopez, of Marshall, died Tuesday afternoon near New Summerfield.

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Soldier Drowns in Swollen River

Posted: 07/11/2007 - NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - Fishermen have discovered the body of an Army soldier who apparently drowned while trying to swim the swollen Guadalupe River. Specialist Bryan D. Brosemer, of Utica, New York, was found near a railroad bridge by two fishermen Tuesday.

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Bryan Names Mayor Pro Tem, Takes No Action on BBC

Updated: 07/10/2007 - The Bryan City Council took no public action concerning their short-handed Bryan Business Council, though the group did discuss the matter in executive session.

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New Mayor in Normangee Following Shakeup

Updated: 07/10/2007 - The city of Normangee has a new mayor, but he's not new to the city council. Mayor Pro Tem Jay Traylor was chosen Tuesday night by the council to assume the office of mayor. The vacancy was created two weeks ago by the resignation of then-mayor Tim Taylor.

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Fire Marks Second Tragedy for Madison County Family

Updated: 07/10/2007 - A Madison County family is sifting through the ashes after a fire Tuesday morning completely destroyed their home. It happened just before 11 a.m. on North Zulch Avenue about a mile off Hwy 21.

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County Official's Resignation a Done Deal

Updated: 07/10/2007 - Brazos County Commissioners have accepted the resignation of a long-time county official. After more than 30 years as the county's tax assessor-collector, Buddy Winn will step down on July 31.

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Dallas-Bound Bus Crashes When Passenger Tries to Take Control

Posted: 07/10/2007 - KERR, Ark. — A Greyhound bus traveling across the flat Delta of eastern Arkansas on Interstate 40 careened off the highway into marshy woods when an allegedly delusional passenger tried to seize control of the steering wheel from the driver, police said. No one was killed in the crash Monday.

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Five Dead After Plane Hits Florida Homes

Updated: 07/10/2007 - Two of the people killed in the crash of a small plane near Orlando, Florida today have been identified as the husband of a NASCAR official and a pilot for the auto-racing organization.

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Embattled Hurricane Center Head on Leave

Posted: 07/10/2007 - MIAMI (AP) - The director of the National Hurricane Center went on leave Monday, government officials said, four days after many of the center's employees called for his removal because of his comments about an aging weather satellite. More than 20 of Bill Proenza's nearly 50 staff members signed a statement last week urging federal officials to dismiss him.

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Finding a Fair Jury for TSU's Former President

Posted: 07/10/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - Defense attorneys for the former president of Texas Southern University want her trial moved. They say heavy media coverage will prevent finding a fair jury when Priscilla Slade goes on trial next month in Houston. Slade faces two charges of misusing university funds.

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Mother Charged with Murder in Son's Death

Posted: 07/10/2007 - TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas woman accused of strangling her 2-year-old son has been charged with capital murder. Tyler police say 39-year-old Catherine Alana Stevens confessed to strangling her child.

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Driver Faces Capital Murder Charges in Smuggling Chase

Posted: 07/10/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police say a man accused of trying to smuggle Central American migrants in an SUV will face capital murder charges. Authorities say the driver led a state trooper and police from three departments on a high-speed chase that covered more than 100 miles.

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Judge OKs Plan to Improve Health Care Access for Kids

Posted: 07/10/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A federal judge has approved a sweeping settlement meant to improve access to medical care for more than two million poor children in Texas. The agreement likely ends a 14-year-old lawsuit over children's Medicaid.

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Texan to be First South Dakota Execution in 60 Years

Posted: 07/10/2007 - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Wednesday night is scheduled to carry out its first execution in 60 years with the lethal injection of an East Texas man. Twenty-five-year-old Elijah Page of Athens, Texas, faces execution at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

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