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Lawsuit Targets Youth Commission's Use of Pepper Spray

Posted: 09/14/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Two advocacy groups are asking a court to stop the Texas Youth Commission from allowing the use of pepper spray to subdue juvenile prisoners before other forms of restraint. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three 15-year-old incarcerated youths with mental disabilities.

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O.J. Simpson Named Suspect in Casino Break-In

Updated: 09/14/2007 - LAS VEGAS (AP) - Investigators questioned O.J. Simpson and named him a suspect Friday in a break-in at a casino hotel room involving sports memorabilia. The break-in was reported at the Palace Station casino late Thursday night, police spokesman Jose Montoya said.

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U.S. Sues Dallas County and Sheriff Over Jail Conditions

Posted: 09/14/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say inmates at the Dallas County Jail are at risk of harm because of unsafe jail conditions and a lack of proper health care. The U.S. Attorney's Office is suing Dallas County and Sheriff Lupe Valdez. The government says Dallas officials have known about problems at the jail for some time but have failed to adequately address them.

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Visiting Priest Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

Posted: 09/14/2007 - EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Police say a Catholic priest from Uganda has been arrested in El Paso, accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman. The Reverend Philip Taban, who is a visiting priest from Arua, Uganda, was arrested this week on two counts of sexual assault.

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After Humberto

Posted: 09/14/2007 - HIGH ISLAND, Texas (AP) - Some coastal Texas residents are relying on generators left over from Hurricane Rita in the afermath of Hurricane Humberto. Thursday's Category One storm knocked out power to thousands before fizzling into a tropical depression.

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Armstrong Foundation Claims Pet Collars Copy LiveStrong Wristband

Posted: 09/14/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - The Lance Armstrong Foundation says an Oklahoma company is making pet collars that infringe on the foundation's trademark yellow LiveStrong wristbands. Tulsa-based Animal Charity Collar Group makes pet collars reading Barkstrong and Purrstrong.

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Houston Tycoon Cleared, Guide Indicted in Russian Hunting Trip

Posted: 09/14/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A Virginia-based hunting guide has been indicted on a charge of importing antlers and horns from game that was illegally hunted in Russia. But his client, Houston billionaire Dan Duncan, was cleared of charges.

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Brazos Valley Gets Ready to CROP Poverty

Posted: 09/13/2007 - Brazos Valley residents are preparing to pound out hunger one step at a time. Organizers of the annual Crop Hunger Walk distributed brochures, maps, and sponsor forms on Thursday at their Orientation Open House at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Woodcreek Drive.

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Texas A&M Answers Why Fruits and Veggies Are Good For You

Updated: 09/13/2007 - Texas A&M is helping the world explain why eating fruits and vegetables is so important. Agricultural officials from 19 countries served formed a delegation that took a tour of research labs at A&M's Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center.

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Bush Accepts Petraeus Recommendations

Updated: 09/13/2007 - President Bush has accepted the recommendations of his top commander in Iraq, who said the troop surge is working, and is ordering gradual reductions in U.S. forces there.

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State Firefighter Olympics B/CS 2008

Updated: 09/13/2007 - The games will feature a variety of sports ranging from golf to paintball, with current and retired firefighters from all across the state expected to participate in the event.

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CSPD: Kidnapping Attempt a Hoax

Updated: 09/14/2007 - It turns out a reported kidnapping attempt on Thursday at a College Station school was a hoax. College Station police say the Oakwood Intermediatel student recanted her story of being kidnapped.

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State Bank Robber Sentenced

Updated: 09/14/2007 - A Dallas-area man pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing a College Station bank at gunpoint. Edward Crain, 24, of Grand Prairie was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated robbery.

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Convicted Murderer Denied New Trial

Updated: 09/14/2007 - A conspirator in one of the largest murder for hire plots to rock the Brazos Valley will not get a new trial.

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Texas A&M's MSC Set For Renovations

Updated: 09/14/2007 - The Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University has been the campus' focal point for over 50 years. It is a place for students to meet, study, and most importantly, it is a memorial to Aggies who have lost their lives in war.

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Local Preservation Efforts Recognized

Posted: 09/13/2007 - The First Lady of Texas honors a Brazos Valley community for its preservation efforts. Calvert Mayor Marcus Greaves and Cathy Lazarus, Chair of the Robertson County Historical Commission, received their Preserve America Community certificate from Texas First Lady Anita Perry in Austin Wednesday.

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Low Approval Ratings for President and Congress

Posted: 09/13/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Only a third of the public is satisfied with the job President Bush is doing and even fewer are pleased with Congress, according to a poll by The Associated Press and Ipsos released Thursday. Bush's approval on various issues ranged from 40 percent on foreign policy and terrorism to 33 percent on Iraq. But he wasn't the only one whose popularity was in the doldrums.

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Accidental Gun Discharge Injures Three at Synagogue

Posted: 09/13/2007 - DALLAS — An 81-year-old man accidentally dropped a handgun during Rosh Hashanah services at a temple, and the weapon shot his daughter in the foot and injured two other people. Marvin Marks accidentally dropped the gun when he stood up at the synagogue Wednesday evening, police said.

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San Antonio Detective Arrested for Assault

Posted: 09/13/2007 - SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio police detective has been arrested for assault after allegedly hitting a man who was dating his ex-wife. Detective Bryan Baldwin was arrested Wednesday after Rogelio Romero, 32, called and reported that Baldwin hit him in the face several times after he dropped off Baldwin's ex-wife on Sunday.

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Jury Selected in Sect Leader's Trial

Posted: 09/13/2007 - ST. GEORGE, Utah — The jury has been selected in the trial of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is charged with rape by accomplice for his role in the arranged marriage of a 14-year-old girl to her 19-year-old cousin.

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Humberto's Havoc

Updated: 09/13/2007 - BEAUMONT, Texas — Humberto, the first hurricane to hit the U.S. in two years, sneaked up on south Texas and Louisiana overnight and crashed ashore Thursday with heavy rains and 80 mph winds, killing at least one person. The system rapidly became a Category 1 hurricane, then weakened to a tropical storm by midmorning and bore into central Louisiana.

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