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Boys and Girls Clubs of America Want Official Family Day

Updated: 09/16/2007 - The Boys and Girls Clubs of America are known for helping the country's kids when mom and dad may be too busy. The Brazos Valley's Boys and Girls Club Director of Program Development Tiffany Parker said the organization's purpose has to been to support parents by filling in the gaps.

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Kurten Celebrates Fall Festival

Updated: 09/16/2007 - Current and former residents of Kurten crowed the grounds of the town's community center for the 20th Annual Kurten Homecoming and Fall Festival. Folk got to enjoy games, arts and crafts, food, and live auctions the entire day.

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Hispanic Network Boosting Texas A&M's Hispanic Enrollment

Updated: 09/14/2007 - One of Texas A&M University's Vision 20/20 goals is to diversify the student body. Through an Aggie collection of ideas, hard work, and experiences, the Texas A&M Hispanic Network is seeking to increase the number of Hispanic students who enroll and graduate from A&M.

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A&M System Turns to Mother Nature for Power

Updated: 09/14/2007 - The winds of change are blowing in the way the Texas A&M University System powers its campuses and agencies. The System has signed a contract with TXU Energy to buy more than $176 million kilowatt-hours of renewable wind energy over the next four years.

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I-45 Wreck Sets Off Series of Accidents

Updated: 09/14/2007 - Traffic on Interstate 45 came to a standstill Friday afternoon after a collision between two SUVs triggers a chain reaction of smaller wrecks.

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Propane Tanks Ignite on Opening Day of Austin Music Festival

Posted: 09/14/2007 - AUSTIN — Austin City Limits Music Festival was smoking Friday, but not from the hundreds of bands expected to rock the park this weekend. A fire dispatcher said propane tanks ignited as thousands of music fans packed Zilker Park, where the famed weekend festival was just getting underway. Firefighters quickly put out the blaze.

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Weight-loss Surgery Saves Lives

Posted: 09/14/2007 - O'Brien says since her surgery, her blood pressure has gone down and her health has improved. O'Brien is not alone. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds the surgery can actually save lives.

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New Campaign Spotlights Spirit and Mind of Aggieland

Posted: 09/14/2007 - It's a brand new look for the Texas A&M Foundation. At a reception Friday afternoon, Foundation officials unveiled the finished product of their two-year re-branding and marketing effort.

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Murder Conviction Tossed in Bizarre Plot

Posted: 09/14/2007 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal magistrate overturned the murder conviction of a man who killed a business owner 25 years ago in a bizarre plot to take over Marin County and turn it into a modern-day Camelot. Hoover was convicted of killing Richard Baldwin in July 1982 while making plans for the paramilitary takeover of the county.

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Sex Attacker Who Apologized Is Released

Posted: 09/14/2007 - RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A man who sexually assaulted a fellow University of Virginia student then apologized to her two decades later as part of the Alcoholics Anonymous program was released Thursday after serving less than six months of an 18-month sentence.

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Teen Bride says Salvation was Tied to Marriage

Posted: 09/14/2007 - ST. GEORGE, Utah — A former follower of a polygamous sect leader claims she was acting to preserve her eternal salvation when she obeyed his command and married her cousin at age 14. Now 21, the woman was married in a 2001 religious ceremony to her 19-year-old cousin, then followed the counsel of Warren Jeffs to submit to her husband "mind, body and soul."

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Inmate Sentenced for Trying to Defraud Federal Judges

Posted: 09/14/2007 - GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) - A state prison inmate who filed fake papers with the state saying that two federal judges owed debts has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. A Coryell County jury convicted Mycal Antoine Poole this week on three counts of filing a fraudulent financing statement with intent to harm and defraud and three counts of retaliation. Poole was already serving 60 years in prison.

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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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