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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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Honduran Arrested in Ten Year Old Assault and Murder

Posted: 08/16/2007 - SARITA, Texas (AP) - A man wanted in a decade-old assault and slaying in North Carolina is in custody in South Texas after being unable to show proof of his legal status. Thirty-four-year-old Honduran Yong Orellana Bonilla is jailed in Kleberg County.

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Man Kisses Ailing Wife, Hurls Her from Balcony

Updated: 08/16/2007 - KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) -- A man threw his seriously ill wife four stories to her death because he could no longer afford to pay for her medical care, prosecutors said in charging him with second-degree murder. According to court documents filed Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court, Stanley Reimer walked his wife to the balcony of their apartment and kissed her before throwing her over.

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Water Testing in CS

Posted: 08/15/2007 - Some College Station residents may experience problems with their water Thursday. Water crews will begin testing water valves south of Harvey Mitchell Parkway, on both sides of the Earl Rudder Freeway.

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Tips Needed in Normangee Man's Disappearance

Updated: 08/16/2007 - Authorities in Madison County have ended a physical search for a missing Normangee man, saying they've exhausted all current leads on where Jim Martin may be.

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Leon County Man on Trial for Murder

Updated: 08/16/2007 - A Leon County man accused of killing his neighbor in retaliation for his dead pigs is on trial for murder.

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Man's Best Friend, Best Medicine for Seniors

Updated: 08/16/2007 - Aggieland Pets with a Purpose, a non-profit organization, has been bringing in their pets and putting smiles on the faces of the Manor's residents.

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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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