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Montgomery County Family Has Ugliest Door in America

Updated: 08/20/2007 - There's probably something all of us would like to change about our homes. Maybe some fresh paint, new carpet, or other things. One Montgomery County family's need for a new door, however, is getting them national attention.

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Inmate Set to Die for Rape-Slaying as a Teen

Posted: 08/15/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Condemned inmate Kenneth Parr, already with a criminal history as a juvenile, has continued to build on his reputation for violence since arriving on death row barely into adulthood. Parr, 27, set to die Wednesday evening for the rape-slaying of a southeast Texas woman almost 10 years ago, was barred from interviews with reporters by Texas prison officials who said they were concerned about security if he was taken from his death row cell to a prison visiting area.

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Couple Found Dead after House Fire

Posted: 08/15/2007 - RED OAK, Texas — A man and a woman were found dead today after flames gutted a suburban Dallas home today. Firefighters in the town of Red Oak say the one-story brick house was fully involved in flames when they arrived there before dawn today.

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CPS Sued over Child's Death in Foster Care

Posted: 08/15/2007 - FORT WORTH, Texas — Relatives of a 3-year-old who died in foster care have sued Child Protective Services in federal court, claiming the agency allowed her to remain with the foster parents despite knowing she had been previously injured. Leaving Sierra Odom and her older brother in the couple's care "increased the likelihood of future physical harm, abuse, and/or corporal punishment ... rendering Sierra Odom and (the brother) more vulnerable," the lawsuit states.

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Romney Wins Cheers from Texas GOP Crowd

Posted: 08/15/2007 - GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) - GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney received a warm Texas welcome when he appeared briefly at a concert hosted by conservative radio talk show host Sean Hannity. Romney looked overdressed in his dark suit and tie compared to the jean-wearing audience of more than 6,000 people who came to hear country singers Montgomery Gentry, Lee Greenwood and Collin Raye.

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Need and Lifestyle Keep Seniors on the Job

Posted: 08/15/2007 - STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - For a lot of Americans, retirement is no longer the long-cherished dream it used to be. More and more people are working past the usual retirement age: some for personal satisfaction, others because they have to. Some are working well into their 90s and beyond.

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Tropical Storm Erin Threatens Texas

Updated: 08/15/2007 - HARLINGEN, Texas — Tropical Storm Erin formed Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico and headed toward Texas, threatening to bring downpours to a state that already has had one of its rainiest summers on record. Governor Rick Perry ordered emergency vehicles and personnel, including National Guard troops, to the region in advance of the weather system.

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President Asked Not to Side with Defendants in Case Linked to Enron

Posted: 08/15/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Some U.S. senators are calling on the Bush administration not to side with defendant companies in a Supreme Court case involving Enron. Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, who heads the Senate Banking Committee, urged the administration not to file a friend of the court brief.

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Border Officials Seize Drugs Worth $2.7 Million

Posted: 08/15/2007 - HIDALGO, Texas (AP) - A Dallas man is in custody after Customs officers in Hidalgo found close to 30 pounds of heroin and eleven pounds of cocaine. The items were in a vehicle the 47-year-old man was driving into Texas.

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Record Set for Gulf Production Depth

Posted: 08/15/2007 - NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The feds say 15 rigs are drilling for oil and natural gas in the ultra-deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico at depths of 5,000 feet or greater. The Minerals Management Service says that's a record number of drilling rigs for ultra-deepwater areas.

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Community Colleges Mull Tax Hikes to Make Up for Vetoed Funding

Posted: 08/15/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Community college officials say they'll have to consider property tax increases, tuition hikes and educational program cuts to compensate for $154 million in lost funds. Governor Rick Perry vetoed the funds in June.

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Thousands in Houston Area Get Safety Vests

Posted: 08/15/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - About 14,000 vests distributed in the Houston area are meant to help the elderly and disabled be safe, and identified, during hurricane evacuations. Concerns were raised after 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf coast and some people needed help evacuating.

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New Coin Out This Week Will Honor Jefferson

Posted: 08/15/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Mint hopes the new dollar coins being released over the next few years will not only help wean people off the dollar bill, but also educate them about U.S. history. The Jefferson dollar gets a preview today at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, before Thursday's general release.

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Guard Uses Taser on Man Holding Newborn

Updated: 08/15/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - In a confrontation captured on videotape, a hospital security guard fired a stun gun to stop a defiant father from taking home his newborn, sending both man and child crashing to the floor. Now William Lewis says his baby girl suffers from head trauma because she was dropped.

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Survey Says...Bryan City Services Score Well

Updated: 08/14/2007 - How is Bryan doing when it comes to the services they provide their citizens? That was the subject of a survey commissioned by the city council.

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Calvert Man Jailed on Murder Charge

Updated: 08/14/2007 - A Calvert man remained jailed Tuesday on a $1 million bond, accused of fatally shooting a woman over the weekend. Clydell Morgan, 61, is charged with murder and is being held at the Robertson County jail.

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Hot Highways Burn Rubber, Blow Out Tires

Updated: 08/14/2007 - The heat could be helping you to burn rubber, but a little more than you may want. The soaring temperatures can make for a summer blow out of tires. "Heat is probably the biggest enemy of tires," Rick Pilger with Pilger's Tire, Auto & Muffler said.

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Bryan Council Gets Texas Reds Review

Updated: 08/14/2007 - Their numbers may have been in the red, but the Texas Reds Festival organizers say the first event was a success.

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More Beds, More Inmates for Future Brazos County Jail

Updated: 08/14/2007 - The project, which was expected to add an additional 672 beds, was able to create space for 12 more. Architects on the project presented the updated plan to the Commissioners Court Tuesday morning.

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Search for Next A&M President Down to "Short List"

Updated: 08/14/2007 - The search for Texas A&M's president is beginning to wind down. According to a member of the search committee, the group has narrowed their choices to a short list.

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Family Remembers Fallen Aggie Soldier

Updated: 08/14/2007 - Friends and family are remembering an Aggie soldier killed Saturday in Iraq. PFC Billy Edwards deployed in May 2007. His family says he was born to serve and died doing what he loved.

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FEMA Recovery Center Opening Friday in Huntsville

Posted: 08/14/2007 - A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) is coming to Walker County to offer assistance to residents affected by the severe storms and flooding in the region. Recovery specialists will be available to answer questions residents may have about the disaster aid process.

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