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Report Identifies Weakest Operational Bridges in Texas

Posted: 08/17/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Some of the weakest bridges in the state are over East Texas swamps and bustling intersections in Dallas. Details are in a report released by the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Christian Camp Counselors Indicted on Charges of Dragging Girl

Posted: 08/17/2007 - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - The director of a Christian boot camp and an employee have been indicted on aggravated assault charges. Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt of San Antonio-based Love Demonstrated Ministries are accused of dragged a 15-year-old girl behind a van after she fell behind the group during a morning run in June.

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Texans Brace for More Flooding after Remnants of Erin Move Ashore

Posted: 08/17/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - The remnants of Tropical Storm Erin have caused at least five deaths in Texas. Thunderstorms from Erin brought 7 inches of rain to parts of San Antonio and Houston, where one person died and another was injured when the waterlogged roof of a storage unit outside a grocery store collapsed.

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Hurricane Dean Closes in on Eastern Caribbean

Posted: 08/17/2007 - FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AP) - Airports are closed, coastal hotels have been evacuated and some tourists are in shelters as Hurricane Dean spins toward the eastern Caribbean. The first hurricane of the Atlantic season is a large and dangerous storm, packing 100 mile-per-hour winds. It's closing in on Martinique, Dominica and St. Lucia.

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Three Rescuers Killed at Utah Mine Collapse

Updated: 08/17/2007 - Three rescue workers were killed in a cave-in as they tried to locate six men missing underground for more than a week. Utah's governor says there's nothing more selfless than someone giving their life in pursuit of saving someone else.

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FEMA Opens Mobile Recovery Center in Walker County

Posted: 08/16/2007 - Heavy rains this summer took their toll in Walker County and other areas along the Trinity River. Now, the federal government is offering resources to help those residents get back on their feet. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is bringing a mobile disaster recovery center to Huntsville on Friday.

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Double Dave's Hosts 'United We Roll' for United Way

Posted: 08/16/2007 - The location was different, but the cause was the same as a pizza restaurant rolled out the dough to help a local charity roll the dough in. Double Dave's Pizza Works hosted the fourth annual United We Roll fundraiser Thursday benefiting the United Way.

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Bush Daughter Set to Wed

Posted: 08/16/2007 - One of the president's twin daughters is getting married, and could a White House wedding be in store?

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Hearne Man's Words to Councilwoman Leads to Trial

Updated: 08/17/2007 - A Hearne man is on trial accused of threatening a city councilwoman. Tommy Leon Jones is charged with making a terroristic threat against Councilwoman Maxine Vaughn.

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A&M Prepares for Tough Traffic for Welcome Week

Posted: 08/16/2007 - In support of Welcome Week activities and move-in, Transportation Services is providing additional traffic control in highly congested areas during peak times Aug. 19-26.

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Mays Still Ranks High Among Business Schools

Updated: 08/17/2007 - Mays Business School at Texas A&M University has been ranked again this year among the top 10 public schools for MBA programs in the nation, according to Forbes’ biennial ranking process.

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Elvis Fans Boost Economies of Two States

Posted: 08/16/2007 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Even from beyond the grave, Elvis Presley still generates big bucks. That's even more true this week. Fans from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and even from exotic locales like Kansas, are spending their hard-earned money for T-shirts, coffee mugs, salt and pepper shakers, refrigerator magnets and other trinkets during the events commemorating his death 30 years ago.

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Plans for New Minnesota Bridge Questioned

Posted: 08/16/2007 - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State transportation officials want to build a bridge by 2008 to replace the one that collapsed, and several contractors have said they think it can be done on time. But lawmakers and others questioned the fast-track plans for the bridge on Wednesday, expressing doubts it will be a quick solution to the increased traffic that has clogged city streets since the August 1 collapse of the Interstate 35W span.

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Admitted Pedophile Walks Fine Legal Line

Posted: 08/16/2007 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jack McClellan has made himself a marked man - a self-described pedophile whose behavior has creeped out parents and child advocates nationwide. But while he's talked openly about his attraction to little girls, or "LGs" as he calls them, and taken pictures of them in public places, neither is a crime.

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Brutalized Teen had Drugs in System When He Jumped from Ship

Posted: 08/16/2007 - HOUSTON — A teen who survived a gruesome racial assault and jumped to his death from a cruise ship more than a year later was under the influence of cocaine and marijuana when he died, according to toxicology reports. The Galveston County Medical Examiner's office had earlier ruled David Ritcheson's July 1 death a suicide.

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Bush Administration Sides with Defendants in Case Linked to Enron

Posted: 08/16/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - In a U.S. Supreme Court battle, shareholders trying to sue scheming companies appear to have the support of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But, they don't have the backing of the Bush administration. The White House its throwing its backing behind the companies.

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Farmers Fear Impact of Illegal Immigrant Crackdown

Posted: 08/16/2007 - UNDATED (AP) - They speak of fruit rotting in fields, cows going unmilked and suffering in barns, farmhouses being shuttered. Growers are painting a bleak picture of their industry under new federal immigration policies.

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Test Labs for NCAA and WWE Bidding for Texas Program

Posted: 08/16/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Companies that do drug testing for the NCAA and World Wrestling Entertainment are vying to run the Texas random steroids testing program. The testing of some 23,000 high school students is expected to begin this fall.

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Boy Dies from Rare Meningitis Contracted in Lake LBJ

Posted: 08/16/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A 12-year-old Travis County boy has died after contracting a rare and unusually fatal form of meningitis. Health officials say John Patrick "Jack" Herrera became sick last week after swimming in Lake LBJ while at summer camp. He died Wednesday at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin.

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Houston Company to Pay Millions over Pollution

Posted: 08/16/2007 - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Houston-based oil and gas distribution company has agreed to pay a nearly three million dollar civil penalty in a pollution investigation. The Justice Department says the allegations involved discharge of jet fuel, gasoline and crude oil into waterways in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

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