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Texas Buys Davy Crockett Letter

Posted: 09/05/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Once Davy Crockett laid eyes on Texas, he was sold. That's what he indicated to his daughter and son-in-law in a letter penned just two months before he died defending the Alamo. The letter now belongs to the Texas Historical Commission. The state bought the letter for nearly $500,000 from a family-owned fine arts auctioneer in Houston.

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Original Columns to be Displayed at Nine Eleven Memorial Site

Posted: 09/05/2007 - NEW YORK (AP) - Visitors to the Nine-Eleven memorial in New York City will see two huge pieces of the World Trade Center's original steel facade. The two columns, each 70 to 90-feet high, will be inside a glass-walled pavilion that leads people to a museum devoted to the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Mother Pleads Guilty to Killing her Four Children

Posted: 09/05/2007 - GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to killing her four young children. In court yesterday, Angelica Alvarez described how she took them to the basement and gave them sleeping pills before strangling them with her bare hands. The children ranged in age from eight to two.

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Medical Examiner Says Inmate's Death was Homicide

Posted: 09/05/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - The Harris County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled as homicide the death of an inmate who was arrested by Pasadena police for public intoxication. The office says 51-year-old Pedro Gonzales died mainly from trauma to the lungs with rib fractures.

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Opening Statements Set in BP Explosion Trial

Posted: 09/05/2007 - GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Opening statements are scheduled today in Galveston in the first trial stemming from the March 2005 chemical plant explosion that killed 15 people. More than 170 others were injured in the blast at the BP plant in Texas City.

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Mattel Recalls 800,000 Toys Worldwide

Posted: 09/05/2007 - NEW YORK (AP) - Mattel has announced its third major recall of Chinese-made toys in a little more than a month. The recall is the latest blow to the world's largest toy maker as the critical holiday shopping season approaches.

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Brazos Co-op to Buy Power from Proposed Central Texas Plant

Posted: 09/05/2007 - WACO, Texas (AP) - Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc. has agreed to buy more than 40 percent of the power generated at a proposed Central Texas coal-fired plant. Officials say the deal will enable developers to break ground on the project later this year.

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Report Highlights More Conflicts in Student Loan Industry

Posted: 09/05/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Student loan industry documents newly unveiled show further evidence of conflicts of interest between banks and colleges or school officials. Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the documents Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into the industry.

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Woman Gets Five Years in Dismemberment Case

Posted: 09/05/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A woman received a five-year state prison sentence for evidence tampering. The sentencing Tuesday was in connection with the death and dismemberment of a 21-year-old woman found in a bathtub near the University of Texas campus.

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Ex-Bexar County Sheriff Enters No Contest Plea

Posted: 09/05/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Former Bexar County Sheriff Ralph Lopez pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor charges. The three charges were accepting a gift by a public servant, failure to report a gift and tampering with a government record. He also agreed yesterday to pay a $10,000 fine.

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South Carolina Parolee to Die Wednesday for Texas Slaying

Posted: 09/05/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A drifter from South Carolina is set to die in Texas this evening for the 1998 slaying of a woman found in a burning apartment. At the time of the slaying, Tony Roach was already on parole after serving time for theft and robbery. He committed a string of thefts and burglaries in South Carolina and Florida before arriving in Amarillo.

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Once More, Madisonville Without a City Manager

Updated: 09/05/2007 - The city of Madisonville is without a city manager again following a special city council meeting Tuesday. Following much discussion, it was decided that Ruth Smith would no longer serve as interim city manager.

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Famed SEAL Signs Books in CS

Updated: 09/05/2007 - An American hero was greeted by the state's top politician in College Station Tuesday night.

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State Program to Target Uninsured Drivers

Updated: 09/05/2007 - The state is rolling out a new program called the Texas Financial Responsibility Verification Program to give police immediate access to a driver's coverage information.

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Police: Weekend Shooting in Bryan May Have Been Gang Related

Updated: 09/05/2007 - Police in Bryan say the events leading up to a pair of officers shooting at a suspect over Labor Day weekend may have been gang related. Officials say Bryan police's Directed Deployment Team is now assisting in that investigation.

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State Officials Ready to Fight for FutureGen

Updated: 09/05/2007 - The proposal plans have been turned in, however the work to secure the billion dollar FutureGen coal plant is far from done. On September 12th, the alliance will be in Austin to discuss the future home for the plant.

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Millionaire Adventurer Fossett Missing

Posted: 09/04/2007 - MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - The Civil Air Patrol says 13 aircraft are involved in the search for adventurer Steve Fossett, who hasn't been seen since he took off Monday in a single-engine plane in western Nevada. A number of ground crews are also involved in the effort, which includes "grid" searches over hundreds of square miles.

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Jury Seated in BP-Texas City Explosion Trial

Posted: 09/04/2007 - GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A jury was selected Tuesday in the first civil trial stemming from a deadly 2005 explosion at BP's Texas City plant. The 12-person jury in Houston is made up of eight women and four men. Four alternates also were chosen.

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CDC Bans Further Bioweapons Research at A&M

Updated: 09/05/2007 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control will not allow Texas A&M University to resume research on toxic disease agents. It cited poor safety practices, shoddy record-keeping and a lack of proper training at A&M campus labs.

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Number of Hunters in U.S. Declining

Posted: 09/04/2007 - (AP) Hunters remain a powerful force in American society, as evidenced by the presidential candidates who routinely pay them homage, but their ranks are shrinking dramatically and wildlife agencies worry increasingly about the loss of sorely needed license-fee revenue. New figures from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show that the number of hunters 16 and older declined by 10 percent between 1996 and 2006 - from 14 million to about 12.5 million. The drop was most acute in New England, the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific states, which lost 400,000 hunters in that span.

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Murder Charge 41 Years After Shooting

Posted: 09/04/2007 - PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Four decades after Officer Walter T. Barclay was shot while trying to stop a beauty salon burglary, the gunman who left him paralyzed is being charged with murder, the district attorney said Tuesday. Barclay died two weeks ago of an infection at age 64. The city's deputy medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, saying it stemmed from the gunshot wound Barclay suffered back in 1966.

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New Forecast Calls for Six More Hurricanes

Posted: 09/04/2007 - FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Hurricane expert William Gray downgraded his 2007 Atlantic storms forecast slightly Tuesday, but he still predicted above-average activity for the remaining three months of the season, with six more hurricanes, three of them major. One of those hurricanes was lashing the coast of Honduras on Tuesday as a powerful Category 5 storm named Felix, said forecaster Phil Klotzbach, a member of Gray's team at Colorado State University.

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Mold Causing Sickness at School?

Posted: 09/04/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A city councilman has joined the call for more air quality tests at an elementary school where seven janitors got sick this weekend. But Houston school officials say the school is safe. It will be open to students today, despite union concerns about mold problems in the building.

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