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Gulf of Mexico "Dead Zone" Detected for First Time off Texas

Posted: 08/01/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - Welcome to the dead zone off Texas. Heavy rain that's left the state drought-free is being blamed for what a researcher believes is the first detected extensive "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas.

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Waxahachie Man Condemned for Double Slaying Loses Appeal

Posted: 08/01/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has turned down the appeal of a North Texas man condemned for a robbery where two employees of a Dallas video store were shot to death. The decision moves the convicted killer closer to execution for a crime that occurred more than 13 years ago.

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Home Depot Rocked by Kickback Scandal

Posted: 08/01/2007 - (CBS) In an exclusive, CBS News has learned of a corruption scandal involving The Home Depot. In recent weeks, four Home Depot purchasing managers were fired at a meeting at an Atlanta hotel for their role in the scandal, reports CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian.

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Rumsfeld Denies Responsibility in Tillman Probe

Posted: 08/01/2007 - (CBS/AP) Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended himself and took no personal responsibility Wednesday for the military's bungled response to Army Ranger Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death in Afghanistan. Rumsfeld, in his first public appearance before Congress since President Bush replaced him with Robert Gates late last year, reiterated previous testimony to investigators that he did not have early knowledge that Tillman was cut down by fellow Rangers, not by enemy militia, as was initially claimed.

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San Antonio Police Officer Accused in Poolside Assault

Posted: 08/01/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police have opened an internal investigation of an officer accused of using a racial slur and beating a woman who asked him to put out his cigar at a community pool. Eighteen-year-old Tamara Vaughan says her jaw was pushed in and she still can't open it far after an attack by 35-year-old detective Keith Alfaro, who was off-duty.

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Texas Pastor Recruited to Replace Disgraced Haggard

Posted: 08/01/2007 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A pastor from a suburban Dallas mega-church will try out for the senior pastor post at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. New Life has seen its attendance drop by 25 percent after the firing of disgraced church founder Ted Haggard. Haggard left the church last year after a former male prostitute alleged a three-year cash-for-sex relationship.

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District Pulls Four-day School Week Proposal

Posted: 08/01/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - The Lancaster school district has pulled its proposal to implement a four-day school week for the upcoming school year, but the superintendent says the idea is still alive. Superintendent Larry Lewis withdrew the district's request to the Texas Education Agency because school starts this month and the four-day schedule would conflict with existing employee contracts.

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Dozens of Animals Recovered from Home of Man Arrested in Chase

Posted: 08/01/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Authorities discovered dead cats in cold storage and dozens more animals living in filthy conditions at the home of a man who led police on a high-speed chase. The man later claimed he was rushing his sick cat to the veterinarian.

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College Station Police Search for Aggravated Robbery Suspect

Posted: 08/01/2007 - An early morning aggravated robbery has College Station police searching for a suspect. Officers say just before one o'clock Wednesday morning they received a call about an aggravated robbery at the Texaco at 2201 Longmire.

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SHSU Creates Program to Get Faster Degrees

Updated: 07/31/2007 - Some Huntsville High School students will soon have the opportunity to drastically reduce the time and cost of their education through a "Time Compressed Degree Program" with Sam Houston State University.

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Blinn College Trains Future Paramedics with Mock Accident

Updated: 07/31/2007 - Paramedic students at Blinn College got some hands-on training Tuesday dealing with a simulated emergency. Thirteen second-year students at Blinn's Emergency Medical Services Program had to manage a mock bus accident, including 30 patients.

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Texas Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Posted: 07/31/2007 - WASHINGTON — A 37-year-old Army officer from Texas has been killed in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. Maj. Thomas G. Bostick Jr. of Llano died Friday near Kamu, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit came under fire from enemy forces, officials said.

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Heavy Rain in Parts of Northeast Texas

Posted: 07/31/2007 - UNDATED — Flooding is a threat after parts of Texas have been hit with heavy rain today. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for parts of Fannin, Lamar and Delta counties.

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Bell County Cemetery Vandalized Again

Posted: 07/31/2007 - KILLEEN, Texas — Bell County sheriff's deputies will increase patrols near a cemetery that's been vandalized for a second time since Memorial Day weekend. Authorities discovered about 20 headstones and gravesites knocked over or destroyed at the Maxdale Cemetery this week.

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Historic Gruene Bridge to be Replaced

Posted: 07/31/2007 - NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — A nearly century-old bridge spanning the Guadalupe River in Gruene will be replaced, largely because of the danger it poses to tubers floating beneath. The city of New Braunfels and the Texas Transportation Department have been working to replace the old Gruene Bridge for 10 years. But the Texas Historical Commission had opposed demolishing the bridge, which was built in 1909, because of its contribution to Gruene's historic value.

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Former Hidalgo County Employee Cleared of Child Sex Charges

Posted: 07/31/2007 - EDINBURG, Texas — A former Hidalgo County district clerk has been found not guilty of child sexual assault charges stemming from allegations that he carried on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. The jury deliberated more than four hours Monday before acquitting Omar Guerrero, 30, on two counts each of sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child and enticing a child.

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Roberts Released From Hospital

Updated: 07/31/2007 - Chief Justice John Roberts has been released from a hospital in Maine. A White House spokesman says the president spoke with the chief justice this morning and Roberts "sounded like he was in great spirits."

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