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Inmate Faces 20 Years for Threats to Judge and Editor

Posted: 08/23/2007 - AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A Texas inmate faces up to 20 more years behind bars for threatening a judge and the editor of The Dallas Morning News. A jury in Amarillo found 36-year-old Alan Van DeLaughter guilty of mailing threats to damage or destroy property and another count of mailing threatening communication.

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Conference Set to Finalize Plea Agreement for Singer

Posted: 08/23/2007 - PURCELL, Okla. (AP) - An October 10th preliminary hearing conference has been scheduled to finalize a plea agreement on drug charges for country musician Johnny Rodriguez. The 55-year-old Laredo, Texas, singer faces felony counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs.

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Strange Inmate Symptoms Not Linked

Posted: 08/23/2007 - DEL RIO, Texas (AP) - Health officials say the illnesses of four Val Verde County jail inmates who suffered from similar strange symptoms don't appear to be related. A medical team including federal disease experts visited the Val Verde Correctional Facility last week to investigate the possibility of a disease outbreak.

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Ex-Travel Agents Convicted in Cruise Scam

Posted: 08/23/2007 - SHERMAN, Texas (AP) - Two now-ex-travel agents in McKinney have been convicted in what prosecutors say was a bogus cruise scheme. Investigators say the pair operated Elite Business Services and accepted payments for such travel, even though no arrangements had been made with a cruise line.

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Army Major and Relatives Indicted in Bribery Case

Posted: 08/23/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An Army officer, his wife and his sister have been indicted in San Antonio in a military bribes investigation. The charges are bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction.

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Skateboarder Killed by Vehicle that was Towing Him

Posted: 08/23/2007 - FLOWER MOUND, Texas (AP) - Flower Mound police say a teenage skateboarder was killed when he fell from his skateboard and was run over by the vehicle that was towing him. Police have not released the names of either the 15-year-old victim or the 16-year-old driver. The accident took place in an elementary school parking lot.

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Police Say Fugitive Faked Death with Blood-Stained Truck

Posted: 08/23/2007 - GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Detectives say a fugitive arrested in Montana this week faked his death in Texas by leaving his vehicle stained with blood at a park. Lieutenant David Dickerson of the Upshur County sheriff's office in East Texas says Kevin Othell Laferney tried to fake his death at a roadside park north of Big Sandy.

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Three Killed in Car Smashed by Passenger Train

Posted: 08/23/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - Three people are dead in Harris County after their car was smashed by an Amtrak train. It happened late Wednesday night. Witnesses told the Sheriff's Office that the car's driver drove around the guardrail and tried to dart past the oncoming train. A Sheriff's Office spokesman says the train conductor blared his horn but couldn't stop in time.

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Robbery Suspect Exposes Himself to Officers Prior to Arrest

Updated: 08/24/2007 - A Bryan man is arrested on several charges following an overnight robbery in College Station. Two victims reported that a subject had approached them and forcefully took money and cell phones from them. The suspect then reportedly fled on foot.

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Texas Carries Out 400th Execution Since 1982

Updated: 08/22/2007 - Johnny Ray Conner was put to death Wednesday night in Huntsville. He is the 400th death row inmate to be executed since Texas began capital punishment again in 1982.

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College Station Police to Extend Shifts

Updated: 08/22/2007 - College Station police will soon be working longer hours. Starting in January, officer's shifts will change from eight to 12 hours.

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Computers 101, Bryan Library-style

Updated: 08/22/2007 - The Bryan Public Library is, for the sixth year, offering free computer classes to the general public. Classes begin in September and continue through December.

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Bryan Municipal Court Closed August 24

Posted: 08/22/2007 - The city of Bryan's municipal court will be closed Friday, August 24. The closing is for staff training and a legislative update.

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St. Joseph Hosts Back Pain Seminar

Posted: 08/22/2007 - St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan is teaming up with the Texas Brain and Spine Institute to host a free back pain seminar. The seminar is Thursday, August 30, at 6 p.m., at the St. Joseph Education Annex.

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Trooper Dead from Wasp Sting

Posted: 08/22/2007 - LODI, Ohio (AP) - The sting of a yellow jacket has killed a state trooper in Ohio. Jack Holland Junior was sitting at his desk in the State Highway Patrol building south of Cleveland Tuesday afternoon when the wasp stung him. Authorities say it caused a severe reaction that killed him.

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Immigration a Problem for Counties Not Along the Border

Posted: 08/22/2007 - VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor says the roundup of 16 illegal immigrants after a chase illustrates the need for more federal assistance. O'Connor says even though his county is not along the border, pursuits of illegal immigrants are a daily occurrence. Hundreds are detained in the county each year.

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La. Governor's Race: Catholic vs. Protestant Furor

Posted: 08/22/2007 - BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A political ad from the Louisiana governor's race is drawing a storm of criticism for accusing Republican Rep. Bobby Jindal of calling Protestants "scandalous, depraved, selfish and heretical."

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Soldiers Suspended in Fort Hood Training Death

Posted: 08/22/2007 - FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Several soldiers leading a training program have been suspended and face administrative action after a Fort Hood sergeant died during a solo navigation exercise. Colonel Mack Huey says no judicial actions, which could include a court-martial, are pending, but that's still a possibility.

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Chicken Farms as Terror Threats?

Posted: 08/22/2007 - ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Are chicken coops the next battleground in the war on terror? Poultry growers are protesting proposed regulations from the Department of Homeland Security that would label propane gas a "chemical of interest" and require anybody with 7,500 pounds or more of the fuel to register with the agency.

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Texas Could Carry Out 400th Execution Tonight

Posted: 08/22/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An old leg injury is a key element in an appeal that seeks to keep a condemned inmate out of the Texas death chamber tonight. Johnny Ray Conner was sent to death row over the 1998 killing of a worker at a Houston convenience store.

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Bush Houseguest Suffers Fatal Heart Attack

Posted: 08/22/2007 - KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — An 81-year-old houseguest suffered a fatal heart attack at the summer home of former President George H.W. Bush. John C. Jansing, the husband of Bush's cousin Shelley Bush Jansing, was taken by paramedics late Tuesday to the emergency room at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

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Pastor Who Allegedly Faked His Death Arrested on Child Sex Charges

Posted: 08/22/2007 - GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A former youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting a child in Texas was tracked down living in Montana six months after he allegedly faked his own death. Kevin Othell Laferney is wanted in Upshur County, Texas, on four counts each of aggravated sexual assault of a child and bail jumping. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, the 40-year-old faked his death in February and disappeared before he was scheduled to appear in court.

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