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Lawsuit Seeks Release of Austin Man Who Took Part in African Coup

Posted: 09/06/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A former Sierra Leonean coup leader who lives in Austin is challenging his detention by immigration officials. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of 39-year-old Sam Kambo says his detention is a violation of his constitutional rights.

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SC Man Who Raped, Killed Amarillo Woman Executed

Posted: 09/05/2007 - A repentant South Carolina drifter was executed Wednesday in the Texas death chamber for strangling and raping an Amarillo woman months after being paroled.

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Training Aggie Docs in Bevo's Backyard

Updated: 09/05/2007 - A $9 million appropriation from the Texas legislature will have future Aggie doctors studying medicine in Longhorn country.

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Structurally Deficient Bridges in Brazos County Listed

Updated: 09/05/2007 - A half dozen bridges in Brazos County are considered structurally deficient. During Wednesday's Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting, Texas Department of Transportation officials presented a breakdown of bridge classifications and their criteria.

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Diabetes in Children On the Rise

Updated: 09/05/2007 - A child's risk of developing diabetes can begin as early as in the womb. High blood sugar levels in mothers -to- be can cause gestational diabetes, a resistance to insulin, causing their sugars not to metabolize.

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Second A&M Official Quits Over CDC Probe

Updated: 09/05/2007 - There has been another resignation at Texas A&M Univeristy in the wake of a negative report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Texas A&M officials confirmed Wednesday the university's biosafety manager, Brent Maddox, resigned on August 31.

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Suspect Charged in A&M Hacking

Updated: 09/05/2007 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed a charge in the February hacking of Texas A&M's NetID system.

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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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