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BP Fined for Texas City Facility Problems

Posted: 07/20/2007 - A safety agency Friday fined BP Products North America $92,000 for new violations at its Texas City plant. It's the same unit where a 2005 explosion killed 15 people and left about 170 hurt.

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Local Stores Prepare for Harry Potter Fans

Updated: 07/20/2007 - The wait is almost over for avid Harry Potter fans. At the stroke of midnight fans will finally get the answers they've been waiting for. Local book stores are preparing for the crowds with a variety of events including photo opportunities, wand making classes, and chances to help local charities such as the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

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Saying Good-Bye to Harry Potter

Posted: 07/20/2007 - UNDATED (AP) - Just past midnight tonight, fans of Harry Potter can get their hands on the final book in the J.K. Rowling series. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will reveal whether the boy wizard lives or dies.

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Texas Man Arrested Following Chase

Posted: 07/20/2007 - OKLAHOMA CITY — Federal authorities filed a bank robbery complaint against a Texas man who was arrested following a chase through northwest Oklahoma City. Ricky Wallace Angleton, 50, of Allen, Texas, was accused of robbing The Chase Bank on March 19 and the Edmond Mid-First Bank on April 19, FBI spokesman Gary Johnson said Thursday.

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Inmate Mistakenly Released, Caught After Apology to Victim

Posted: 07/20/2007 - HOUSTON — A prison inmate mistakenly released early was re-arrested after approaching the victim in a bar and apologizing for shooting him in the head. Willie Joe McAdams was sentenced to 40 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but because of a clerical error, he was released May 4 after just four years, said Michelle Lyons, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman.

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Father Defends Soldier Charged with Premeditated Iraqi Murder

Posted: 07/20/2007 - SAN ANTONIO — The father of a soldier charged with premeditated murder in the death of an Iraqi man said his son is innocent and is a "true soldier" who was following orders. Sgt. 1st Class Trey A. Corrales, of San Antonio, and Spc. Christopher P. Shore, of Winder, Ga., were charged with one count of murder in the death, which allegedly occurred June 23 near the northern city of Kirkuk, the U.S. military announced Thursday in Iraq.

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Poll Shows Voters Believe Clinton is Likely to Win the Presidency

Posted: 07/20/2007 - (CBS) A new CBS News/New York Times poll out Thursday shows 63 percent of voters believe it's likely that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton will be elected the first woman president in U.S. history if she wins her party's nomination.

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Edwards Secures Funding for Bryan Crime and Substance Abuse Prevention

Posted: 07/20/2007 - (WASHINGTON) - U.S. Representative Chet Edwards announced Thursday that he has secured $150,000 for Project Focus in Bryan under the 2008 Labor, Education, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill, which passed the House Thursday. "Responsible efforts to help those who want to overcome alcohol and drug addiction will not only rebuild lives and strengthen families, it will save taxpayers money," said Edwards.

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Saturn Five Back on Display After Crippled by Humidity

Posted: 07/20/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - The most powerful rocket ever built was no match for Houston's stifling humidity. Now the massive Saturn Five rocket has been repaired and formally goes back on exhibit today at Johnson Space Center.

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Soldier and Father Charged in Foster Care Investigation

Posted: 07/20/2007 - PALESTINE, Texas (AP) - Authorities in Palestine say a soldier just back from Iraq and his father have been charged with sexually assaulting two children. Authorities say the alleged victims were among at least 50 foster care cases the family has boarded.

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Panel Tells Lawyer to Pay Back Millions to Clients

Posted: 07/20/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston trial lawyer has been ordered to pay at least $35.7 million to more than 3,000 former clients. An arbitration panel says John O'Quinn improperly deducted expenses from settlements he won for them in cases alleging defective breast implants.

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Cigarette Lighters May Be Allowed Back on Planes

Posted: 07/20/2007 - NEW YORK (AP) - The government is reportedly lifting the two-year-old ban against cigarette lighters on passenger planes. Congress enacted the ban after a terror suspect on a Paris-to-Miami flight used matches to try to light explosives hidden in his shoes.

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Letters Sway Reversal of Parole Decision for Murder Convict

Posted: 07/20/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - For the second time in five years, a family has stopped the convicted murderer of their son from being released on parole. Thousands of letters swayed the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to reverse a decision to grant parole to Timothy Acklen.

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Social Security Numbers Exposed on State Web Site

Posted: 07/20/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A California businessman dug up Troy Aikman's Social Security number on the Texas Secretary of State's Web site. Steven Peisner says the point is to focus attention on the vulnerability of personal information on the site.

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Ice Cream Giant Celebrates 100 Years

Updated: 07/20/2007 - The "little" creamery in Brenham is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Officials are celebrating in style by marking the anniversary with a birthday bash that Blue Bell fans will never forget.

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Business Elite Go Behind Bars For Good Cause

Updated: 07/20/2007 - More than 100 of the Twin Cities' business elite were put behind bars for a good cause Thursday morning. The jailbirds were locked up for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Telethon Executive Lock-up to help raise money for the MDA and Jerry's Kids.

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Drivers Beware: Portable School Building in Transit Friday

Posted: 07/19/2007 - Drivers in Bryan may notice a large structure in transit Friday. Movers will transport a portable school building from Navarro Elementary School to Ben Milam Elementary. The portable school buildings are 16-feet tall, 30-feet wide, and 60-feet long.

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HISD Keeping Baseball Stats Private from Parent

Posted: 07/19/2007 - HOUSTON — The Houston Independent School District has denied a parent's request for the statistics of high school baseball players, citing a federal privacy law. In April, Scott Rothenberg made a formal request for the statistics, such as hits and home runs, of players on the Bellaire High School baseball team. He received a letter Tuesday from the district's lawyer telling him the information is private under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

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Audit Urges More Texas Toll Roads

Posted: 07/19/2007 - AUSTIN — The state's best chance for keeping up with demand for new and improved roads is to build more toll roads with higher fees, according to an external audit of the Texas Department of Transportation. Among other recommendations, the audit by Dye Management Group and Deloitte Consulting suggests the state replace the existing gasoline tax with a fee based on miles traveled per vehicle.

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Federal Security Agents Transported Ammo without Authorization

Posted: 07/19/2007 - OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Federal agents in charge of safely transporting nuclear materials took 3,400 rounds of ammunition from a training exercise in Texas back to Tennessee on board a government plane without declaring it. The agents from the Office of Secure Transportation moved the rounds aboard a plane owned by the National Nuclear Security Administration in December 2005, according to a report from the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General reviewed by The Knoxville News Sentinel.

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Second Person Dies After Cleburne House Explosion

Posted: 07/19/2007 - CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - A coroner in Dallas says a second woman has died as a result of injuries suffered in a Cleburne house explosion. Authorities later discovered natural gas had seeped into the home, but went undetected prior to the May 29th explosion.

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Seven Children Removed from Lubbock Home

Posted: 07/19/2007 - LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A judge in Lubbock has ordered seven children removed from their rat-infested home that was found strewn with dirty diapers. Authorities say the 26-year-old mother's miscarriage led to the discovery of the dead fetus in the home (in the refrigerator).

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