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Search for Next A&M President Down to "Short List"

Updated: 08/14/2007 - The search for Texas A&M's president is beginning to wind down. According to a member of the search committee, the group has narrowed their choices to a short list.

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Family Remembers Fallen Aggie Soldier

Updated: 08/14/2007 - Friends and family are remembering an Aggie soldier killed Saturday in Iraq. PFC Billy Edwards deployed in May 2007. His family says he was born to serve and died doing what he loved.

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FEMA Recovery Center Opening Friday in Huntsville

Posted: 08/14/2007 - A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) is coming to Walker County to offer assistance to residents affected by the severe storms and flooding in the region. Recovery specialists will be available to answer questions residents may have about the disaster aid process.

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Gulf Depression Results in Personnel Activation

Updated: 08/14/2007 - HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry today sent emergency vehicles and personnel to South Texas in advance of a threatening Gulf weather system. The National Weather Service says a system just north of the Yucatan Peninsula could be declared a tropical depression.

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Perry Holds Ceremonial Signing of Port Security Bill

Posted: 08/14/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - Governor Rick Perry held a ceremonial signing Tuesday of the Houston port security bill -- which took effect in June. Perry says the bill formalizes a previously informal partnership between government and the industries that line the Houston Ship Channel.

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Corpus Christi Issues Boil Water Order

Posted: 08/14/2007 - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - The city of Corpus Christi on Tuesday issued a boil water notice -- as a precaution -- in part related to recent heavy rain. Corpus Christi earlier this month began a chlorine treatment program to stabilize its water system.

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Austin Library to Bear First Lady's Name

Posted: 08/14/2007 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - First lady Laura Bush is getting an Austin library named in her honor. Construction is set to begin next year on the Laura Bush Community Library in a posh Austin neighborhood.

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Military Deployments Likely to Last Through June 2008

Posted: 08/14/2007 - FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A top Army commander said troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan will continue to face 15-month deployments until at least next June. General Richard Cody is the Army vice chief of staff. He told The Associated Press during a visit to Fort Hood Tuesday that commanders are assessing the situation on the ground now.

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Mineral Wells Prison Uprising Put Down

Posted: 08/14/2007 - MINERAL WELLS, Texas (AP) - The lockdown continues at a private prison near Mineral Wells today after an overnight disturbance involving hundreds of inmates refusing to leave the recreation yard. Two employees of the Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility were treated on site for minor injuries during Monday night's disturbance.

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SE Texas Rapist-Murderer to Die Wednesday

Posted: 08/14/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A man convicted of murdering a Bay City woman just four days after his 18th birthday is scheduled to die tomorrow night in the state death chamber in Huntsville. Kenneth Parr is to die for the rape and fatal shooting of Linda Malek while she was in bed with her two small children -- an eight-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son.

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Boy Contracts Rare Illness at Austin-area Lake

Posted: 08/14/2007 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin-area boy is fighting what health officials believe is a rare and usually fatal form of meningitis. Officials say they believe the boy is 11 or 12 years old. They say he's in the Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin after becoming sick after swimming in Lake LBJ.

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Pastor's Killer Wife Released from Mental Health Facility

Posted: 08/14/2007 - SELMER, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee woman who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of her minister husband has been released after serving 67 days in custody. The defense attorney for Mary Winkler says Winkler has been released from a mental health facility where she has been in treatment for about two months.

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Nissan Donates Pickup to B/CS Habitat for Humanity

Updated: 08/14/2007 - The Bryan/College Station chapter of Habitat for Humanity has a brand new Nissan Titan pickup, thanks to Nissan North American, Inc. The auto manufacturer donated the truck because of Habitat's work with hurricane evacuees.

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Rains Delay Minneapolis Search, New Bridge Design Selected

Posted: 08/14/2007 - MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - As politicians wrangled over the future of the collapsed Mississippi River bridge, more heavy rain pelted the area, threatening to delay recovery work. New storms moved in overnight after weekend thunderstorms slowed divers still seeking the bodies of four missing motorists presumed killed in the collapse. The river was moving faster than usual, kicking up debris and reducing visibility.

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Governor Re-Appoints Local Woman to Commission

Posted: 08/14/2007 - AUSTIN – Governor Rick Perry appointed three, including Glenda Marriott of College Station, to the Texas Residential Construction Commission for terms to expire February 1, 2013. The commission registers homebuilders and enforces building performance standards.

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Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.

Posted: 08/14/2007 - Bryan – With throngs of Texas motorists expected on Texas roadways this Labor Day to enjoy the last holiday weekend of the summer season, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced today that state troopers and local law enforcement will be stepping up enforcement of the state’s DWI laws between August 17 and September 3. Texas continues to lead the nation in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

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Astronaut Morgan Set to Fulfill McAuliffe's Dream

Posted: 08/14/2007 - HOUSTON — The day has come for Barbara Morgan to fulfill the legacy teacher Christa McAuliffe dreamed of: Talking to students from space. On Tuesday, Morgan will speak with students in Idaho, where she taught elementary classes before moving to Houston in 1998 to become the first teacher to train as a full-fledged astronaut.

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Parents of Conjoined Twins Face Tough Decisions

Posted: 08/14/2007 - CLEVELAND — Their hopes for separation surgery blocked, the parents of twins joined at the head now face a daunting series of new decisions: where to raise the girls, who will monitor their health and how to pay for medical care. Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, which announced Monday that medical complications have ruled out separation surgery for 3-year-olds Tatiana and Anastasia Dogaru, said they would help the parents as they move forward.

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Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy Fats

Posted: 08/14/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Teaching children from a young age to eat a low-fat diet can work, even as they reach their teens and begin eating more meals away from home. Those who were taught to focus on healthy fats like in fish, nuts, seeds and oils from plants had slightly lower cholesterol levels, compared to those on unrestricted diets.

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U.S. Spy Speaks Publicly in Favor of Diverse Recruitment

Posted: 08/14/2007 - EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A spy who spent three decades undercover has come out of the shadows to support recruiting people from diverse backgrounds for intelligence work. Jose Rodriguez is director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service. He made his first public appearance Monday at a border security conference at the University of Texas-El Paso.

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President Bush Part of Growing Number of Lyme Disease Cases

Posted: 08/14/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The recent revelation that President Bush was treated for Lyme disease put him among a growing number of Americans who have gotten the disease. Health officials say cases of the tick-borne infection have more than doubled over the past 15 years. And experts say many cases go unreported, so the actual number of cases could be far higher.

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Mattel Recalls Millions of Chinese-Made Toys

Updated: 08/14/2007 - EL SEGUNDO, CA – Mattel, Inc. announced today that the company has voluntarily recalled one toy from the “CARS” die-cast vehicle line (“Sarge” character), manufactured between May 2007 and July 2007, containing impermissible levels of lead.

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Women Accused of Hoarding Dozens of Dog Carcasses in Trailer Home

Posted: 08/14/2007 - BIG SANDY, Texas (AP) - Two East Texas women face charges of animal cruelty after authorities found the remains of dozens of dogs in their Big Sandy trailer home. The dogs' bodies were stuffed into coolers, plastic bags and the freezer. Animal control officers also recovered nine living dogs.

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Fire at Arlington Playground Leads to Closure of Others

Posted: 08/14/2007 - ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Fire that destroyed a school playground in Arlington led district officials to close 20 others for safety reasons. Officials blame last Thursday's fire on spontaneous combustion of the decomposing wood fiber surface of the playground at Anderson Elementary School.

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Disturbance Reported at Mineral Wells Private Prison

Posted: 08/14/2007 - MINERAL WELLS, Texas (AP) - A disturbance broke out overnight among inmates at a private prison facility in Mineral Wells when the inmates refused to leave the recreation yard and return to their housing units. Two employees of the Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility were treated on site for minor injuries.

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