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State Board Members Oppose Teaching Intelligent Design in Schools

Posted: 08/24/2007 - AUSTIN — A majority of State Board of Education members said the theory of intelligent design should be left out of the science curriculum for public schools. "Creationism and intelligent design don't belong in our science classes," said Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy, who described himself as a creationist. "Anything taught in science has to have consensus in the science community and intelligent design does not."

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Louisiana Murder Suspects Held in South Texas

Posted: 08/24/2007 - BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Two men wanted on Louisiana murder warrants have been arrested in Mexico and handed over to authorities in South Texas. Twenty-five-year-old Cedrick Richardson, and his nephew, 21-year-old Lionel James Richardson Junior, are being held in a detention center in Olmito.

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Marine Instructor Charged with 225 Counts Related to Abuse

Posted: 08/24/2007 - SAN DIEGO (AP) - They're often portrayed in movies as tough, but this real-life Marine drill instructor is accused of going too far in abusing recruits. Sergeant Jerrod Glass is facing 225 criminal counts of assault, cruelty, maltreatment and failure to obey orders in connection with more than 100 incidents last winter.

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Child Killer to be Sentenced Today

Posted: 08/24/2007 - INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) - The man who kidnapped a little girl from her bedroom, raped her and later buried her alive is to be sentenced today. A Florida jury recommended on a 10-2 vote that John Couey be executed for the murder of nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford but the judge has the final word.

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There's a Gaping Hole in Our Universe, Researchers Say

Posted: 08/24/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Astronomers gazing out into the universe are scratching their heads about what's just not there. University of Minnesota researchers say they've found a cosmic blank spot far bigger than what scientists ever imagined: a billion light years across.

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Nowak Expected to Talk Today

Posted: 08/24/2007 - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Lisa Nowak will break her silence today. The former NASA astronaut charged with attacking a woman she considered her romantic rival has a court date in Orlando, Florida. She'll be asking a judge to release her from a GPS ankle monitoring bracelet.

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McFarland Announces Plans to Retire from Texas A&M-Commerce

Posted: 08/24/2007 - COMMERCE, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M University-Commerce President Keith McFarland says he'll retire next summer. Texas A&M University System Chancellor Mike McKinney says a search committee will be formed to find a successor for McFarland.

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Officials Thank Rescue Responders

Posted: 08/23/2007 - Two officials from the Rio Grande Valley made their way to College Station on Thursday to offer their sincere gratitude. District 39 State Representative Armando Martinez and Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas, III wanted to personally say thank you to rescue responders for their Hurricane Dean preparations.

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TEEX Training Has International Reputation

Updated: 08/24/2007 - When Hurricane Dean poised itself to strike Texas, the state called upon the Texas Engineering Extension Service or TEEX to assemble the largest deployment of rescue personnel and equipment within a matter of days. A task that resulted in an extremely valuable real-life training exercise for both Texas and British officials.

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Romei Probe Focuses on Misapplication of Campaign Contributions

Updated: 08/24/2007 - In court documents filed Wednesday, District Attorney Bill Turner asked to recuse himself from certain allegations against Romei. Documents state Turner asked to be recused since Romei is accused of making contributions to the DA's reelection campaign, as well as two other elected officials.

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Emergency Plans in Place at Kyle Field

Updated: 08/24/2007 - Football season is just around the corner, and Texas A&M is not only ready for another year of games on the gridiron. They are also prepared should an emergency strike.

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Drug Bust Nets Felony Charges for CS Man

Posted: 08/23/2007 - A College Station man faces first-degree felony drug charges after a bust Thursday at a home on Georgia Street. David Elizade II was arrested and charged with felony drug possession.

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Man Who Lost Suit Against Prison Officials Sentenced for Robbery

Posted: 08/23/2007 - MARSHALL, Texas — A former inmate who lost his federal civil rights lawsuit against several Texas prison system officials over claims he was raped by fellow prisoners has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for robbery. Roderick Keith Johnson, 39, was sentenced after pleading guilty Monday to robbing a service station in Marshall in February, said District Attorney Joe Black.

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U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review Exxon Valdez Case

Posted: 08/23/2007 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Exxon Mobil is making a final appeal for a review of a court decision ordering it to pay $2.5 billion in punitive damages over a 1989 Alaska spill. Irving-based Exxon Mobil has managed to get the award cut in half from the original five billion dollars awarded in 1994 by an Anchorage jury. The class action suit stemmed from the nearly eleven million-gallon crude oil spill in Prince William Sound.

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Man Charged with Stealing $10,000 Cowboy Boots

Posted: 08/23/2007 - SAINT JO, Texas (AP) - Police have charged a man with felony theft for allegedly stealing a pair of $10,000 cowboy boots from a North Texas custom shop. Adrian Lex Parker was arrested Wednesday at the Saint Jo police department when he came in to give a statement.

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Inmate Faces 20 Years for Threats to Judge and Editor

Posted: 08/23/2007 - AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A Texas inmate faces up to 20 more years behind bars for threatening a judge and the editor of The Dallas Morning News. A jury in Amarillo found 36-year-old Alan Van DeLaughter guilty of mailing threats to damage or destroy property and another count of mailing threatening communication.

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Conference Set to Finalize Plea Agreement for Singer

Posted: 08/23/2007 - PURCELL, Okla. (AP) - An October 10th preliminary hearing conference has been scheduled to finalize a plea agreement on drug charges for country musician Johnny Rodriguez. The 55-year-old Laredo, Texas, singer faces felony counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs.

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Strange Inmate Symptoms Not Linked

Posted: 08/23/2007 - DEL RIO, Texas (AP) - Health officials say the illnesses of four Val Verde County jail inmates who suffered from similar strange symptoms don't appear to be related. A medical team including federal disease experts visited the Val Verde Correctional Facility last week to investigate the possibility of a disease outbreak.

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Ex-Travel Agents Convicted in Cruise Scam

Posted: 08/23/2007 - SHERMAN, Texas (AP) - Two now-ex-travel agents in McKinney have been convicted in what prosecutors say was a bogus cruise scheme. Investigators say the pair operated Elite Business Services and accepted payments for such travel, even though no arrangements had been made with a cruise line.

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Army Major and Relatives Indicted in Bribery Case

Posted: 08/23/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An Army officer, his wife and his sister have been indicted in San Antonio in a military bribes investigation. The charges are bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction.

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Skateboarder Killed by Vehicle that was Towing Him

Posted: 08/23/2007 - FLOWER MOUND, Texas (AP) - Flower Mound police say a teenage skateboarder was killed when he fell from his skateboard and was run over by the vehicle that was towing him. Police have not released the names of either the 15-year-old victim or the 16-year-old driver. The accident took place in an elementary school parking lot.

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