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Plans for New Minnesota Bridge Questioned

Posted: 08/16/2007 - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State transportation officials want to build a bridge by 2008 to replace the one that collapsed, and several contractors have said they think it can be done on time. But lawmakers and others questioned the fast-track plans for the bridge on Wednesday, expressing doubts it will be a quick solution to the increased traffic that has clogged city streets since the August 1 collapse of the Interstate 35W span.

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Admitted Pedophile Walks Fine Legal Line

Posted: 08/16/2007 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jack McClellan has made himself a marked man - a self-described pedophile whose behavior has creeped out parents and child advocates nationwide. But while he's talked openly about his attraction to little girls, or "LGs" as he calls them, and taken pictures of them in public places, neither is a crime.

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Brutalized Teen had Drugs in System When He Jumped from Ship

Posted: 08/16/2007 - HOUSTON — A teen who survived a gruesome racial assault and jumped to his death from a cruise ship more than a year later was under the influence of cocaine and marijuana when he died, according to toxicology reports. The Galveston County Medical Examiner's office had earlier ruled David Ritcheson's July 1 death a suicide.

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Bush Administration Sides with Defendants in Case Linked to Enron

Posted: 08/16/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - In a U.S. Supreme Court battle, shareholders trying to sue scheming companies appear to have the support of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But, they don't have the backing of the Bush administration. The White House its throwing its backing behind the companies.

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Farmers Fear Impact of Illegal Immigrant Crackdown

Posted: 08/16/2007 - UNDATED (AP) - They speak of fruit rotting in fields, cows going unmilked and suffering in barns, farmhouses being shuttered. Growers are painting a bleak picture of their industry under new federal immigration policies.

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Test Labs for NCAA and WWE Bidding for Texas Program

Posted: 08/16/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Companies that do drug testing for the NCAA and World Wrestling Entertainment are vying to run the Texas random steroids testing program. The testing of some 23,000 high school students is expected to begin this fall.

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Boy Dies from Rare Meningitis Contracted in Lake LBJ

Posted: 08/16/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A 12-year-old Travis County boy has died after contracting a rare and unusually fatal form of meningitis. Health officials say John Patrick "Jack" Herrera became sick last week after swimming in Lake LBJ while at summer camp. He died Wednesday at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin.

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Houston Company to Pay Millions over Pollution

Posted: 08/16/2007 - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Houston-based oil and gas distribution company has agreed to pay a nearly three million dollar civil penalty in a pollution investigation. The Justice Department says the allegations involved discharge of jet fuel, gasoline and crude oil into waterways in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

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Honduran Arrested in Ten Year Old Assault and Murder

Posted: 08/16/2007 - SARITA, Texas (AP) - A man wanted in a decade-old assault and slaying in North Carolina is in custody in South Texas after being unable to show proof of his legal status. Thirty-four-year-old Honduran Yong Orellana Bonilla is jailed in Kleberg County.

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Man Kisses Ailing Wife, Hurls Her from Balcony

Updated: 08/16/2007 - KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) -- A man threw his seriously ill wife four stories to her death because he could no longer afford to pay for her medical care, prosecutors said in charging him with second-degree murder. According to court documents filed Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court, Stanley Reimer walked his wife to the balcony of their apartment and kissed her before throwing her over.

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Water Testing in CS

Posted: 08/15/2007 - Some College Station residents may experience problems with their water Thursday. Water crews will begin testing water valves south of Harvey Mitchell Parkway, on both sides of the Earl Rudder Freeway.

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Tips Needed in Normangee Man's Disappearance

Updated: 08/16/2007 - Authorities in Madison County have ended a physical search for a missing Normangee man, saying they've exhausted all current leads on where Jim Martin may be.

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Leon County Man on Trial for Murder

Updated: 08/16/2007 - A Leon County man accused of killing his neighbor in retaliation for his dead pigs is on trial for murder.

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Man's Best Friend, Best Medicine for Seniors

Updated: 08/16/2007 - Aggieland Pets with a Purpose, a non-profit organization, has been bringing in their pets and putting smiles on the faces of the Manor's residents.

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Montgomery County Family Has Ugliest Door in America

Updated: 08/20/2007 - There's probably something all of us would like to change about our homes. Maybe some fresh paint, new carpet, or other things. One Montgomery County family's need for a new door, however, is getting them national attention.

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Inmate Set to Die for Rape-Slaying as a Teen

Posted: 08/15/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Condemned inmate Kenneth Parr, already with a criminal history as a juvenile, has continued to build on his reputation for violence since arriving on death row barely into adulthood. Parr, 27, set to die Wednesday evening for the rape-slaying of a southeast Texas woman almost 10 years ago, was barred from interviews with reporters by Texas prison officials who said they were concerned about security if he was taken from his death row cell to a prison visiting area.

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Couple Found Dead after House Fire

Posted: 08/15/2007 - RED OAK, Texas — A man and a woman were found dead today after flames gutted a suburban Dallas home today. Firefighters in the town of Red Oak say the one-story brick house was fully involved in flames when they arrived there before dawn today.

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CPS Sued over Child's Death in Foster Care

Posted: 08/15/2007 - FORT WORTH, Texas — Relatives of a 3-year-old who died in foster care have sued Child Protective Services in federal court, claiming the agency allowed her to remain with the foster parents despite knowing she had been previously injured. Leaving Sierra Odom and her older brother in the couple's care "increased the likelihood of future physical harm, abuse, and/or corporal punishment ... rendering Sierra Odom and (the brother) more vulnerable," the lawsuit states.

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Romney Wins Cheers from Texas GOP Crowd

Posted: 08/15/2007 - GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) - GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney received a warm Texas welcome when he appeared briefly at a concert hosted by conservative radio talk show host Sean Hannity. Romney looked overdressed in his dark suit and tie compared to the jean-wearing audience of more than 6,000 people who came to hear country singers Montgomery Gentry, Lee Greenwood and Collin Raye.

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Need and Lifestyle Keep Seniors on the Job

Posted: 08/15/2007 - STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - For a lot of Americans, retirement is no longer the long-cherished dream it used to be. More and more people are working past the usual retirement age: some for personal satisfaction, others because they have to. Some are working well into their 90s and beyond.

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