Posted: 08/30/2006 - A Texas man on South Dakota's death row had his execution postponed while lawmakers review the state's law. Elijah Page, of Athens, Texas, had asked to be put to death for a grisly torture slaying that would have made his South Dakota's first execution in decades.
Posted: 08/30/2006 - Law enforcement is working to determine how hackers accessed a computer system and stole credit card information and other data from thousands of AT&T DSL equipment customers. The company says the system of the online Web store was hacked into over the weekend and the files of fewer than 19-thousand customers were affected.
Posted: 08/30/2006 - A high school principal who singled out black students' poor test scores over the school's intercom system is leaving her position. She said black students who failed math on the state's accountability test had caused the school to be rated unacceptable.
Posted: 08/30/2006 - Texas agriculture groups say that nearly 800 (m) million in federal assistance for farmers and ranchers devastated by drought is not nearly enough. Most of it, says Roger Haldenby of the Plains Cotton Growers, isn't new money to help farmers. The dollars are what cotton producers and grain sorghum and peanuts farmers would receive in subsidy payments in October.
Posted: 08/30/2006 - Harris County wants the entire Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals to review a decision barring the Bible from a monument in front of a courts building. The Harris County Attorney's Office made the request Tuesday in response to a ruling earlier this month by a three-judge panel of the appeals court. The panel upheld a judge's 2004 decision that the display violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
Posted: 08/29/2006 - The two challengers to Republican incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchison's US Senate seat have committed to a September debate. But there's no RSVP from Hutchison yet.
Posted: 08/29/2006 - Wal-Mart has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a 19-year-old store clerk who was abducted, raped and killed following her night shift. The parents of Megan LeAnn Holden say the terms of the settlement are confidential.
Posted: 08/29/2006 - A polygamist Mormon sect leader who was on the FBI's Most Wanted List has been arrested and faces sexual misconduct charges for allegedly arranging marriages between underage girls and older men, authorities said Tuesday.
Posted: 08/29/2006 - The parents of a 21-year-old college student who faces a charge of carrying an explosive aboard an aircraft have posted his 75-thousand dollar bond in Houston. Howard MacFarland Fish was granted bond Monday. He is a junior at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.
Posted: 08/29/2006 - At least one defendant in the discredited 1999 Tulia drug busts has received money from the state for wrongful imprisonment. A West Texas attorney representing 18 others expects more to receive money.
Updated: 08/29/2006 - A year after one of the worst natural disasters in US history, what's left of the population of New Orleans turns its attention to rituals of mourning and celebrations of life. In pockmarked neighborhoods choked with weeds, in church pews and at City Hall, residents will gather Tuesday for vigils marking the day one year ago when Hurricane Katrina slammed them.
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