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A&M Research VP Resigns Amid CDC Investigation

Updated: 08/17/2007 - Come August 31, the vice president in charge of Aggie research is stepping down. The end of Richard Ewing's tenure will unfortunately be remembered for a major federal investigation.

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CHIP Enrollment Drops for August

Posted: 08/01/2007 - Enrollment in the state's low-cost insurance program for children fell by more than 2,100 in August.

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Bonham Line: New Elementary Will Open On Time

Updated: 08/01/2007 - Two months of heavy rain could have easily delayed construction of Bonham Elementary, but things have proceeded according to plan. Bryan ISD Executive Director of Planning and Operations Grady Slaydon says the project is on schedule.

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Perry Submits FutureGen Bids for Texas

Updated: 08/01/2007 - Governor Rick Perry says energy expertise, a strong business climate and innovative leadership will land FutureGen in Texas.

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Teen's Tombstone Repossessed

Posted: 08/01/2007 - (AP) The cemetery tombstone for a teenager who died in a car wreck was repossessed after a $750 bill went unpaid. "That's just business," said Linda Anderson of Memorial Art Monument.

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Two Workers Killed in Brownsville Construction Accident

Posted: 08/01/2007 - BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Two workers were killed and a third was injured when a concrete wall panel collapsed at a construction site in Brownsville. Officials say the employees of Texas Steel Erectors were pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday afternoon.

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Ministry Wants to Distribute Bibles with Newspapers

Posted: 08/01/2007 - FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Everything from detergent to computer discs is packaged with the Sunday newspaper, so why not Bibles? A Christian ministry wants to deliver custom-designed New Testaments to newspaper subscribers around the country as an innovative way to spread a Christian message. But even in the Bible Belt, not everyone thinks that's a good idea.

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Couple Accused in Military Bribes Ordered Held Without Bond

Posted: 08/01/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An Army major and his wife accused of accepting at least $11.7 million in bribes for U.S. government contracts for Iraq reconstruction were ordered held without bond. Magistrate Judge Pamela Mathy of U.S. District Court in San Antonio yesterday ordered Major John Cockerham and his wife, Melissa Cockerham, not to be allowed out on bond because of the flight risk they pose.

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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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