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Texas Lottery May Consider Offering a Raffle

Posted: 07/24/2007 - AUSTIN — The chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission has asked the state attorney general to study whether it would be legal to add a raffle to its array of games. Raffles offer better odds of winning than other kinds of games because a limited number of tickets are sold and there can be no duplicate winners. Twenty-seven states already offer raffles with mixed success.

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District Wants Four-Day School Week

Posted: 07/24/2007 - DALLAS — The Lancaster school district has asked the Texas Education Agency for clearance to implement a four-day schedule for the upcoming school year. The superintendent for the 6,000-student district, which is located south of Dallas, argues the plan would boost academics and could save as much as $1.9 million, helping to close a funding deficit in this year's budget. But some parents have protested the idea over concerns about the cost of child care on Fridays and unsupervised students getting into trouble.

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Army Major Accused of Taking Millions in Bribes

Posted: 07/24/2007 - SAN ANTONIO — An Army major has been arrested on charges that he took $9.6 million in kickbacks and anticipated receiving $5.4 million more for rigging military supply contracts. Federal authorities arrested Maj. John Cockerham, a contracting and procurement officer, and his wife, Melissa, on Monday as they returned from Louisiana to Fort Sam Houston.

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Sister of Man Who Killed Himself Sues Over NBC Show

Posted: 07/24/2007 - NEW YORK (AP) - The sister of a Texas man suspected of being a sexual predator who killed himself has sued NBC Universal for $105 million. The suit accuses "Dateline NBC" as taking over police duties and then failing to protect her brother.

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Ex-Reserves Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Posted: 07/24/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A former officer in the Army Reserves has pleaded guilty in Austin to bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. The case involves a government contracting scheme in Iraq. Forty-eight-year-old John Allen Rivard pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired with a government contractor and accepted bribes.

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More Housing Assistance Needed Following Katrina and Rita

Posted: 07/24/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - More than 11,000 families still getting federal housing help due to 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita will get extensions on the aid. HUD's Disaster Voucher Program was to end September 30th.

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Johnson Facing Execution Tonight

Posted: 07/24/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Harris County prosecutors have denied any improprieties with evidence as convicted killer Lonnie Earl Johnson faces execution Tuesday night. Johnson was condemned over the 1990 shooting deaths of two teens.

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Poll Shows Residents Would Not Evacuate for a Hurricane

Posted: 07/24/2007 - MIAMI (AP) - A survey finds about one in three people living in Southern coastal areas say they'd ignore hurricane evacuation orders if a storm threatened their area. That's up from about one in four last year.

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CS Woman Jailed on Assault Charge

Updated: 07/24/2007 - An alleged late night assault landed a College Station woman in jail. College Station police officers responded to 1105 Holleman on Monday about 10 p.m. Police say when they arrived, a man said he was threatened by College Station resident Samantha Miller, who had a handgun.

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More Than 120 Gang Members Arrested in North Texas

Updated: 07/24/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - More than 120 street gang members have been arrested in raids in North Texas cities. Immigration officials say several of those arrested during the weeklong operation are U.S. citizens with pending warrants. Others in the country illegally have already been returned to their home countries or are being processed for deportation.

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Boy Drowns at College Station Hotel

Updated: 07/24/2007 - Police say a 12-year-old boy who was found not breathing in a College Station hotel pool has died. Authorities received the call just before 10:30 Monday night after someone in the Plaza Hotel spotted the boy's body in the pool.

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Attempted Capital Murder Trial on Hold in Madisonville

Updated: 07/23/2007 - An attempted capital murder trial in Madisonville has been postponed. The trial of Floyd Tubbs was supposed to start Tuesday. But Tubbs' attorney was granted a continuance which pushes back the start date to August 2.

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Grimes County Marine Killed in Iraq

Updated: 07/23/2007 - Friends and family across the Brazos Valley are mourning the loss of a Grimes County marine killed in Iraq. Bobby Twitty, 20, of Bedias died Sunday when a tire he was changing exploded.

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Some Small Businesses Against Minimum Wage Hike

Updated: 07/23/2007 - For 1.7 million Americans, Tuesday could not come soon enough. According to the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics that's how many people make minimum wage, and Tuesday their salary increases from $5.15 to $5.85 an hour.

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Virtual Reality Helps Doctors in Local Health Care

Updated: 07/23/2007 - All of this is now possible through a new high-tech workstation that allows doctors and technicians to use information from CT scans in a whole new way: by creating a virtual flight, where medical professionals can travel into the depths of an organ.

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Parents Guilty for Teen Drinking Party

Posted: 07/23/2007 - WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago couple was found guilty of allowing underage drinking in their home on the night of a car crash that killed two teens authorities said had been at their house. The jury also found Jeffrey and Sara Hutsell, both 53, guilty of endangering the life of a child and attempting to obstruct justice for lying to police officers the night of the crash.

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Lightning Kills Diver Off Florida Coast

Posted: 07/23/2007 - DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Lightning struck a diver's air tank as he surfaced off Florida's Atlantic coast, killing him, authorities said. The 36-year-old man was diving with three others Sunday off a boat near Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles north of Miami.

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Tossing Out Space Junk

Posted: 07/23/2007 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A spacewalking astronaut at the international space station tossed a large chunk of junk overboard Monday, hurling the old equipment into orbit. Clayton Anderson, a sportsman who enjoys officiating basketball games back on Earth, heaved a 200-pound camera mounting away from the station. His next shot was going to be even bigger: a 1,400-pound, refrigerator-size ammonia tank.

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Hundreds Turn Out for Asbestos Screening in Dallas

Posted: 07/23/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - More than 500 current and former residents of a West Dallas neighborhood that was home to a vermiculite plant showed up for asbestos screening over the weekend. Parkland Memorial Hospital used a $250,000 state grant to X-ray up to 300 people. But a higher turnout meant officials had to make a list of residents who were turned away.

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