Posted: 09/13/2006 - A study finds that the majority of Bible courses being offered as electives at Texas high schools are devotional and sectarian in their approach. The yearlong study by the Texas Freedom Network found the courses do not teach about the Bible in a historical or literary context as is required under state law.
Posted: 09/13/2006 - Supporters of Ellington Field say a plan to retire 17 fighter jets there would jeopardize the defense of the Houston Ship Channel and area petrochemical plants. The Defense Department's Base Realignment and Closure Commission has recommended that the Air National Guard jets be retired from the Houston airport to help cut expenses.
Posted: 09/13/2006 - Atlantis astronauts Dan Burbank and Steve MacLean are expected to venture outside the shuttle Wednesday. Two of their colleagues ventured outside the shuttle Tuesday and started hooking up a 45-foot addition to the international space station. That's the first since construction was put on hold following the Columbia disaster in 2003.
Posted: 09/13/2006 - Blame it on the lingering drought. The dry spell is a big reason behind the US Department of Agriculture predicting a 35 percent drop in Texas cotton production, compared to last year.
Updated: 09/12/2006 - Brazos County Commissioners have approved this year's budget, but it didn't come without a few disapproving remarks. County Judge Randy Sims voted against the budget, which is roughly 5 percent higher than last year's, because of several amendments approved Tuesday morning.
Posted: 09/12/2006 - Brazos County Commissioners have declared the week of September 10-16 as National Preparedness Week. The declaration coincides with the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001. The Texas Cooperative Extension proposed the declaration because they say the organization recognizes a great deal has changed since 9/11, and residents are more aware of the devastation caused by unexpected disasters.
Posted: 09/12/2006 - Residents of three overwhelmingly Hispanic counties along the Texas-Mexico border enjoy some of the longest life spans in the state. Hidalgo and Cameron counties ranked first and second when it comes to Texas residents and life expectancy, living an average of 80-point-two and 80-point-one years, respectively.
Posted: 09/12/2006 - A Baylor University study finds that more Americans are active in religious groups than previously thought. The study released Monday also found that most traditional Christians reject the label "evangelical" and prefer to describe themselves as "Bible-believing" or "born again."
Posted: 09/12/2006 - Americans pay the highest price for dropping out of school compared to other dropouts around the world. Adults who don't finish high school in the United States earn 65 percent of what people who have high school degrees make. No other country has such a significant income gap.
Posted: 09/12/2006 - Federal investigators plan Tuesday to visit a South Texas youth prison as part of an ongoing probe into possible civil rights violations. The federal investigation comes as the state Senate Criminal Justice Committee conducts its own investigation into confirmed reports of inmate abuse at Evins.
Posted: 09/11/2006 - Six men were arrested this weekend in Bryan's fifth prostitution sting of the year. The operation targeted men, who were soliciting undercover female officers, posing as prostitutes, according to Bryan police.
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