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Florida Group Buys Freebirds Restaurant Chain

Updated: 07/24/2007 - It's a monster of a sale as a College Station-born restaurant chain now has a new owner. Orlando, Florida-based Tavistock Group announced Tuesday it has completed a buyout of the 19-store Freebirds chain.

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Fire School Set to Put on Blazing Show

Updated: 07/24/2007 - One school plans to light up the skies Wednesday night. The Texas Municipal Fire Training School will conduct "night burns" to showcase some firefighters' skills as they battle large, controlled infernos.

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Memory of Hotel Drowning Victim Will Live On

Updated: 07/24/2007 - Family and friends are remembering a 12-year-old boy who drowned at the Plaza Hotel in College Station late Monday. The boy, Michael Ross of Fairfield, was attending the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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TxDOT Repaving Stretches of Three Brazos County Roads

Updated: 07/24/2007 - The first of three major Tex-DOT repaving projects in Brazos County got underway Tuesday. For three days this week, you can expect delays along county highways as crews work to repave the roadway.

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"Wrongful Birth" Lawsuit Nets $21 Million

Posted: 07/24/2007 - (AP) In what is being called a "wrongful birth" case, a jury awarded more than $21 million Monday to a couple who claimed a doctor misdiagnosed a severe birth defect in their son, leading them to have a second child with similar problems.

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No Indictment in Katrina Hospital Deaths

Posted: 07/24/2007 - NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A grand jury Tuesday declined to indict Dr. Anna Pou, the surgeon accused of killing four seriously ill patients in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Pou and two nurses were arrested last summer after Attorney General Charles Foti's investigation concluded they gave four patients a "lethal cocktail" at Memorial Medical Center amid the chaotic conditions that followed the August 2005 storm.

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Texas Lottery May Consider Offering a Raffle

Posted: 07/24/2007 - AUSTIN — The chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission has asked the state attorney general to study whether it would be legal to add a raffle to its array of games. Raffles offer better odds of winning than other kinds of games because a limited number of tickets are sold and there can be no duplicate winners. Twenty-seven states already offer raffles with mixed success.

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District Wants Four-Day School Week

Posted: 07/24/2007 - DALLAS — The Lancaster school district has asked the Texas Education Agency for clearance to implement a four-day schedule for the upcoming school year. The superintendent for the 6,000-student district, which is located south of Dallas, argues the plan would boost academics and could save as much as $1.9 million, helping to close a funding deficit in this year's budget. But some parents have protested the idea over concerns about the cost of child care on Fridays and unsupervised students getting into trouble.

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Army Major Accused of Taking Millions in Bribes

Posted: 07/24/2007 - SAN ANTONIO — An Army major has been arrested on charges that he took $9.6 million in kickbacks and anticipated receiving $5.4 million more for rigging military supply contracts. Federal authorities arrested Maj. John Cockerham, a contracting and procurement officer, and his wife, Melissa, on Monday as they returned from Louisiana to Fort Sam Houston.

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Sister of Man Who Killed Himself Sues Over NBC Show

Posted: 07/24/2007 - NEW YORK (AP) - The sister of a Texas man suspected of being a sexual predator who killed himself has sued NBC Universal for $105 million. The suit accuses "Dateline NBC" as taking over police duties and then failing to protect her brother.

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Ex-Reserves Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Posted: 07/24/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A former officer in the Army Reserves has pleaded guilty in Austin to bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. The case involves a government contracting scheme in Iraq. Forty-eight-year-old John Allen Rivard pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired with a government contractor and accepted bribes.

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More Housing Assistance Needed Following Katrina and Rita

Posted: 07/24/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - More than 11,000 families still getting federal housing help due to 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita will get extensions on the aid. HUD's Disaster Voucher Program was to end September 30th.

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Johnson Facing Execution Tonight

Posted: 07/24/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Harris County prosecutors have denied any improprieties with evidence as convicted killer Lonnie Earl Johnson faces execution Tuesday night. Johnson was condemned over the 1990 shooting deaths of two teens.

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Poll Shows Residents Would Not Evacuate for a Hurricane

Posted: 07/24/2007 - MIAMI (AP) - A survey finds about one in three people living in Southern coastal areas say they'd ignore hurricane evacuation orders if a storm threatened their area. That's up from about one in four last year.

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CS Woman Jailed on Assault Charge

Updated: 07/24/2007 - An alleged late night assault landed a College Station woman in jail. College Station police officers responded to 1105 Holleman on Monday about 10 p.m. Police say when they arrived, a man said he was threatened by College Station resident Samantha Miller, who had a handgun.

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More Than 120 Gang Members Arrested in North Texas

Updated: 07/24/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - More than 120 street gang members have been arrested in raids in North Texas cities. Immigration officials say several of those arrested during the weeklong operation are U.S. citizens with pending warrants. Others in the country illegally have already been returned to their home countries or are being processed for deportation.

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Boy Drowns at College Station Hotel

Updated: 07/24/2007 - Police say a 12-year-old boy who was found not breathing in a College Station hotel pool has died. Authorities received the call just before 10:30 Monday night after someone in the Plaza Hotel spotted the boy's body in the pool.

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Attempted Capital Murder Trial on Hold in Madisonville

Updated: 07/23/2007 - An attempted capital murder trial in Madisonville has been postponed. The trial of Floyd Tubbs was supposed to start Tuesday. But Tubbs' attorney was granted a continuance which pushes back the start date to August 2.

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Grimes County Marine Killed in Iraq

Updated: 07/23/2007 - Friends and family across the Brazos Valley are mourning the loss of a Grimes County marine killed in Iraq. Bobby Twitty, 20, of Bedias died Sunday when a tire he was changing exploded.

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