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Endeavour and Weather Still Looking Good for Launch

Posted: 08/08/2007 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (AP) - Endeavour is scheduled to blast off this evening on a two-week trip to the international space station. NASA managers don't have much to talk about as shuttle Endeavour heads for its first trip into space in almost five years. The orbiter is looking very good after a major overhaul, and the weather is 80 percent "go."

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First Seven Months of Year were Wettest on Record for Texas

Posted: 08/08/2007 - LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The first seven months of the year were the wettest on record in Texas. It's further confirmation of a recent declaration saying Texas is drought-free for the first time in at least a decade.

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Dewhurst Sets Deadline for Details on Deficient Texas Bridges

Posted: 08/08/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is questioning claims that Texas bridges are safe after the deadly Minneapolis bridge collapse. Dewhurst is demanding details about deficient bridges from state transportation officials.

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Bonds Hits Historic 756th Home Run

Updated: 08/07/2007 - Barry Bonds has broken Hank Aaron's all-time home run record, hitting his 756th in Tuesday game against Washington. The San Francisco Giants slugger set the mark with a 5th-inning blast off Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik.

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Feeding the Hungry through a Feast of Caring

Updated: 08/07/2007 - The Brazos Valley Food Bank is serving up free food and hoping to do away with hunger in the process. The 14th annual Feast of Caring is back, offering a modest meal of beans, rice and sausage to benefit the food bank.

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Texas A&M Prepares for Pandemic Outbreak

Updated: 08/07/2007 - Practice makes perfect, that's the message Texas A&M officials are relaying to their departments about preparing for emergency situations such as a pandemic outbreak.

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Burleson County Jailer Arrested for Bribery

Posted: 08/07/2007 - A Burleson County jailer has been arrested for allegedly conspiring with an inmate in a bribery scheme. Jason Michael Ormsby, 28, was charged Monday with bribery.

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Mitchell Elementary Speaks Out About Accountability Rating

Updated: 08/07/2007 - One local elementary school is addressing its recent accountability rating. Mitchell Elementary in Bryan was rated academically acceptable in 2006, but this year the school dropped to unacceptable.

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Discrimination Case Settled against San Antonio PD

Posted: 08/07/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Justice Department has announced a settlement over allegations that the San Antonio police department discriminated against a pregnant detective. The Justice Department sued last September, saying the department violated civil rights law by reassigning the woman because she was pregnant.

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Charity Leaders Reportedly Attended Meeting of Hamas Supporters

Posted: 08/07/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - A judge in Dallas has rejected a defense motion for a mistrial for some leaders of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. Also, an FBI agent Monday testified that leaders of the Dallas-area Muslim charity helped plot how to derail a Middle East peace accord. Agent Lara Burns said the defendants feared the deal would prevent the elimination of Israel.

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Study Links Mom's Obesity with Risk for Birth Defects

Posted: 08/07/2007 - CHICAGO (AP) - A study suggests women who are obese before pregnancy face a higher risk of having babies with birth defects than moms with a healthy weight. The lead author, University of Texas researcher Kim Waller, says obese women shouldn't be overly alarmed by the findings.

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Endeavour Cleared for Launch, Tampered Computer Fixed

Posted: 08/07/2007 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Liftoff for the shuttle Endeavour is set for Wednesday after a sabotaged computer was repaired and loaded aboard. Shuttle program manager Wayne Hale says there's no reason to believe anyone had tampered with anything else on the spacecraft.

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No Change of Venue for Former TSU President's Trial

Posted: 08/07/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A judge has denied a request by the former president of Texas Southern University to move her trial out of Harris County. The court is gearing up for jury selection in Priscilla Slade's trial on charges of using almost $300,000 in school funds to decorate her home. She faces two counts of misapplication of fiduciary property over $200,000.

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Former Youth Prison Guard Accused of Sex with Inmate

Posted: 08/07/2007 - ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A former guard in the Texas youth prison system has been indicted on charges of sexual assault and indecency with a child. Thirty-year-old Jaime Segura of Brownwood is accused of having sex with a female inmate under the age of 17.

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Lawsuit Filed to Stop Houston Smoking Ban

Posted: 08/07/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A coalition of Houston bars and nightclubs has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a city ban on smoking in most bars. The City Council approved the ban in October and it's set to take effect next month.

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Flight Attendant Faces Drinking Rap

Posted: 08/07/2007 - (AP) A flight attendant appeared in a Kentucky court to answer charges she was drinking alcohol on the job and told a captain "You're dead" as she was removed from the plane. Public safety officers at Blue Grass Airport reported Sarah Mills, 26, threatened the Atlantic Southeast Airlines captain Sunday afternoon. Court documents said she smelled heavily of alcohol and admitted drinking whiskey onboard.

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Rescue Effort Continues for Trapped Utah Miners

Posted: 08/07/2007 - HUNTINGTON, Utah (AP) - Teams of rescuers struggled to clear tunnels and brought in drilling equipment Tuesday, trying to reach six coal miners trapped by a cave-in more than 1,500 feet below the surface. With no word on whether the six were still alive, crews worked through the night in shifts, with teams coming and going along the road leading to the Crandall Canyon mine in a forested canyon.

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Cousins Charged in Death of Texas Teen

Posted: 08/07/2007 - PORTLAND, Ore. — Two cousins have been charged with aggravated murder in the death of Dani Countryman, the 15-year-old Texas girl strangled at an apartment complex late last month, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said. Alejandro Rivera Gamboa, 24, and Gilberto Javier Rivera Gamboa, 23, were lodged in the county jail and scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, said Detective Jim Strovink, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

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