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Doubts Raised about Authenticity of Davy Crockett Letter

Posted: 09/07/2007 - AUSTIN — Two historical document specialists said they doubt the authenticity of a Davy Crockett letter acquired this week by the Texas Historical Commission, but state officials said they're virtually certain the Alamo defender penned it himself. The commission announced Tuesday it had purchased the letter for $490,000 from Simpson Galleries, a Houston fine arts auctioneer.

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Texas Oil Company Agrees to Pay for Louisiana Oil Spills

Posted: 09/07/2007 - NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal officials say a Texas oil company has agreed to pay $504,000 in penalties for five oil spills in 2005 and 2006. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency say Meridian Resource & Exploration also must do a better job of preventing spills in the future.

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JV Football Player Dies after Collapsing During Game

Updated: 09/07/2007 - MANSFIELD, Texas — A 15-year-old junior varsity football player collapsed during a game and died. Dozie Njeako, a sophomore at Mansfield Summit High School, fell to the ground Thursday night while heading back to the sideline after a play, said Richie Escovedo, a school district spokesman.

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Truckers Protest Program Allowing Mexican Carriers on U.S. Roads

Posted: 09/07/2007 - LAREDO, Texas (AP) - No Mexican trucks have yet arrived across the border as part of pilot program allowing them to transport cargo anywhere in the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, says 38 Mexican firms are poised for U.S. permits.

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Abilene to be Site of New State Veterans Cemetery

Posted: 09/07/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - State officials say the federal government has awarded $8.2 million to build the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene. The site for the 63-acre cemetery will be near Lake Fort Phantom Hill. It will have a capacity of 20,000 graves.

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Wealthy Texan Charged with Offering Kickbacks to Iraqi Officials

Posted: 09/07/2007 - NEW YORK (AP) - Opening statements will begin Monday in the conspiracy trial of a wealthy Texas oilman charged with offering millions in kickbacks to Iraqi officials. Prosecutors say Oscar S. Wyatt Jr. wanted to win lucrative oil contracts from Saddam Hussein's regime.

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Man Arrested after Son Found Living Under Trailer

Posted: 09/07/2007 - CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - A North Texas man is accused of making his 12-year-old son live outside because the boy wouldn't follow his rules. The boy told authorities that he drank from a water hose and was fed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which made him sick.

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Baby Sitter Sentenced to Five Years After Baby's Death

Posted: 09/07/2007 - FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas baby sitter who put two infants in a closet, including a child who later died, was sentenced to five years in prison. Nineteen-year-old Jayne Lynn Stephans pleaded guilty to two charges of injury to a child.

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Man Who Shot Musician Says He Tried Firing a Warning Shot

Posted: 09/07/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - The parents of an Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians member killed by a homeowner say they understand why the man who shot their son reacted that way. Police say Carter Albrecht was shot in the head around 4 a.m. Monday. He had been trying to kick down the back door of William Logg's home.

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CHIP Enrollment Reaches a High

Posted: 09/07/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - State officials say enrollment in Texas' low-cost insurance program for children has reached a 2½-year high, that's thanks to a new law eliminating a 90-day waiting period for new participants. More than 327,000 children are registered in September for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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CS School Trustees Discuss Future Plans

Posted: 09/06/2007 - The future Creek View Elementary School was among the topics of discussion at Thursday evening's College Station school board meeting.

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TV Stars Light Up Navasota ISD

Updated: 09/06/2007 - Some big names were in Grimes County Thursday night, all in the name of education.

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Texas A&M Interim President Addresses CDC's Ban

Updated: 09/07/2007 - At least 17 different media organizations took part in Thursday's conference call to hear Texas A&M Interim President Eddie Davis address the ban on the university's bioagents research. "The review that was done at Texas A&M in July was very intense, very thorough," Davis said.

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Justice of the Peace Sued Over Home

Updated: 09/07/2007 - A Brazos County justice of the peace is accused in a lawsuit of defrauding a family out of their own home. In the suit filed Thursday, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Ramiro "Big Q" Quintero is accused of using one late mortgage payment to kick a family out of their home and then buying the house for a fraction of its value.

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New Brazos Valley Counties Added to FEMA List

Updated: 09/07/2007 - Milam County has been added to the list of counties eligible for FEMA individual assistance, while Milam and Madison Counties can apply for public assistance.

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First National Bank Expands

Posted: 09/06/2007 - "The Oldest Bank in Texas" is getting even bigger. First National Bank broke ground Thursday on two new branches.

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Five Mistakes Parents Make with Newborns

Posted: 09/06/2007 - ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- When you take your bundle of joy home from the hospital, it's inevitable you won't do everything right. We asked pediatricians for the five most common mistakes parents make with their newborns.

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Fake "Osama" Motorcade Causes Summit Stir in Sydney

Posted: 09/06/2007 - SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Members of an Australian TV comedy show, one of them dressed as Osama bin Laden, drove through two security checkpoints Thursday before being stopped near the Sydney hotel where U.S. President George W. Bush is staying. The stunt embarrassed Sydney police who have imposed the tightest security measures in city history for a summit of leaders from Pacific Rim countries, including Bush.

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Eleven Arrested in New Jersey Corruption Probe

Posted: 09/06/2007 - TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - FBI agents arrested 11 public officials, including a mayor and two state lawmakers, in towns across New Jersey on Thursday in connection with a federal corruption probe, the U.S. Attorney's office said. More than 100 public officials in the state have been convicted on federal corruption charges in the last five years.

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No Signs of Steve Fossett or Plane

Posted: 09/06/2007 - MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - National Guard C-130s and helicopters with thermal imaging equipment searched the soaring peaks and sagebrush desert of northwest Nevada for any sign of adventurer Steve Fossett, who was still missing Thursday morning. Fossett disappeared Monday after taking off from a private airstrip in a single-engine plane to scout sites for an attempt at a land-speed record in a rocket-propelled car.

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Arizona Student Killed; Roommate Held

Posted: 09/06/2007 - TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A University of Arizona student whose roommate had recently accused her of stealing from her is suspected of killing the woman during a fight in their dorm room, authorities said. Galareka Harrison, 18, has been released from a hospital and was to be booked on a charge of first-degree murder in the death Wednesday of Mia Henderson, also 18, university spokesman Johnny Cruz said.

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No Charges for Teen in Friend's Skateboarding Death

Posted: 09/06/2007 - FLOWER MOUND, Texas — Authorities said they won't file charges against a teenage driver who ran over his friend as the friend was being towed for a skateboard stunt. Kyle Darroca, 15, of Lewisville, died August 22 shortly after he was run over. He had been holding onto the side of his friend's moving Ford Explorer to gain speed for a skateboarding trick, police said.

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