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Perry Makes Fundraising Dash After Legislative Session

Posted: 07/17/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Republican Governor Rick Perry hasn't said if he's running for office in 2010, but he's not slowing down on his fund-raising. Perry reports raising more than $881,000 in only 13 days in June after the recent Texas legislative session and bill-signing period ended.

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South Texas Judge Returning to Bench After Guilty Plea

Posted: 07/17/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A judge from Eagle Pass will return to the bench after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a government record. State District Judge Amado Abascal the Third was indicted but never convicted of felony charges related to alleged improper campaign contributions.

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Four-Year-Old Fatally Shot at Home

Posted: 07/17/2007 - HONEY GROVE, Texas (AP) - Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a four-year-old northeast Texas boy. Fannin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kirk McMurrey says the victim and his ten-year-old stepbrother were home alone when the accident happened.

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Mom Raped and Killed at Popular Texas Beach

Posted: 07/17/2007 - CRYSTAL BEACH, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a 28-year-old mother whose beaten body was found by campers on a popular beach near Galveston was brutally raped. The Galveston County Medical Examiner said Bridgette Lynn Gearen of Orange also had been strangled. But the medical examiner has not determined whether that was the cause of death.

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Environmentalists File Motion for Rehearing in Coal Plant

Posted: 07/17/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Some environmental groups have asked regulators to reconsider their decision to allow TXU to build a coal-fired power plant in Central Texas. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last month approved an air permit for the two-unit plant in Robertson County, about 100 miles northeast of Austin.

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Fake Priest Blamed for Thefts in Kilgore Hospital

Posted: 07/17/2007 - KILGORE, Texas (AP) - Kilgore police are looking for a man who passes himself off as a priest to steal from hospital patients. Authorities say the man wears a collar and pretends to be ministering to his victims.

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Justice Settles Six Voting Rights Lawsuits in Texas

Posted: 07/17/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has settled six voting rights lawsuits in Texas. The suits alleged that some cities, counties and school districts had violated the rights of Spanish-speaking residents.

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Dallas Officer Shot by His Own Taser

Posted: 07/17/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police say an officer was shot by a woman with his own Taser during a visit to the officer's home while he was on duty. Officer Charles Jeffers told investigators he'd stopped to use the restroom at his home Sunday night while on his way to investigate a burglary. He let a woman he knew into the house, leading to her shooting the Taser.

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Farmers Pulls Plan for Home Insurance Rate Hike

Posted: 07/17/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Farmers Insurance will revise its plan for an increase in homeowners rates because state regulators indicated they would turn down its initial proposal. Farmers withdrew its proposed 6.6 percent statewide increase in homeowners rates Monday, canceling a premium increase set to take effect.

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Madisonville Wreck Leaves Travelers "Homeless"

Updated: 07/17/2007 - A group pulling a travel trailer found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time. The place was the side of the road on Interstate 45 just north of Madisonville. The time was around 4 p.m. Monday. That's when authorities say a truck crashed into the trailer.

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Conroe Man Charged in Girlfriend's Grisly Death

Posted: 07/16/2007 - A domestic dispute took a terrifying turn in Conroe where a man is accused of dousing his girlfriend with gas and setting her on fire. Authorities have charged John Dodd with murder after Terry Lee died from her injuries Sunday night.

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Brazos River Expected to Fall to Normal Levels by Tuesday

Updated: 07/16/2007 - Recent rainfall prompted river flood warnings in several parts of the Brazos Valley. Local officials have been concerned that several rivers may exceed their banks. But when it comes to the Brazos River, the worst is over.

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Brenham Smoking Ordinance Takes Effect

Updated: 07/16/2007 - Brenham smokers will have to think again before lighting up outside of their home. After two years of debating, the city's no-smoking ordinance will take effect Tuesday.

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Sex Offender Gets Life in Baby Sex Assault

Updated: 07/16/2007 - A Brazos County jury returned a guilty verdict Monday in the trial of a registered sex offender charged with sexually assaulting a 13-month old baby. Jurors took only about 30 minutes to sentence Jerry Rangel to life in prison.

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Walker County Declared Disaster Area

Updated: 07/16/2007 - After weeks of heavy rain and flooding, Walker County will be getting some much needed assistance. Governor Rick Perry has declared the county a disaster area.

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Washout Halts Trips on Texas State Railroad

Posted: 07/16/2007 - RUSK, Texas (AP) - Rain and flooding in East Texas have halted train rides on the Texas State Railroad. All scheduled trains have been suspended on a week-to-week basis until repairs to a damaged track are completed.

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Safer Cigarettes?

Posted: 07/16/2007 - (AP) The federal agency charged with keeping food and drugs from harming people may soon be asked to take a consumer product that kills more than 400,000 people a year and make it safer. The product is the cigarette - generally acknowledged as anything but safe. Smoking accounts for nearly one in five deaths in the United States.

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Woman Found Incompetent to Stand Trial in Chase Death

Posted: 07/16/2007 - CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - A woman accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase that caused her infant daughter's death has been found incompetent to stand trial. Aimee Andrea Fisher-Riza faces charges of murder and evading arrest for the April chase.

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Parents Will Have Access to Child's Juvenile Record

Posted: 07/16/2007 - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Parents and guardians will soon have access to their children's juvenile law enforcement records. A new law signed this weekend by Governor Rick Perry gives minors 16 and younger, along with their parents or legal guardians, a chance to obtain those records. It goes into effect September first.

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Cardinal Apologizes for Innocence Lost

Posted: 07/16/2007 - (AP) Cardinal Roger Mahony, leader of America's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, apologized Sunday to the hundreds of people who will get a share of a $660 million settlement over allegations of clergy sex abuse. "There really is no way to go back and give them that innocence that was taken from them. The one thing I wish I could give the victims ... I cannot," he said.

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Steroids Test May Not be Ready for Football Season

Posted: 07/16/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas lawmaker who authored a new mandatory random steroid testing law for high school athletes now says the program may not be ready in time for the upcoming football season. State Senator Kyle Janek, a Republican from Houston, said the state should consider holding back on testing if concerns about over-the-counter supplements causing positive test results are not satisfied by the fall.

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Kaspar Promoted to Bryan City Engineer

Updated: 07/16/2007 - City of Bryan Public Works Director Linda Huff announced Monday that Paul Kaspar has been promoted to City Engineer for the City of Bryan, effective immediately.

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