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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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Police: Weekend Shooting in Bryan May Have Been Gang Related

Updated: 09/05/2007 - Police in Bryan say the events leading up to a pair of officers shooting at a suspect over Labor Day weekend may have been gang related. Officials say Bryan police's Directed Deployment Team is now assisting in that investigation.

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State Officials Ready to Fight for FutureGen

Updated: 09/05/2007 - The proposal plans have been turned in, however the work to secure the billion dollar FutureGen coal plant is far from done. On September 12th, the alliance will be in Austin to discuss the future home for the plant.

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Millionaire Adventurer Fossett Missing

Posted: 09/04/2007 - MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - The Civil Air Patrol says 13 aircraft are involved in the search for adventurer Steve Fossett, who hasn't been seen since he took off Monday in a single-engine plane in western Nevada. A number of ground crews are also involved in the effort, which includes "grid" searches over hundreds of square miles.

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Jury Seated in BP-Texas City Explosion Trial

Posted: 09/04/2007 - GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A jury was selected Tuesday in the first civil trial stemming from a deadly 2005 explosion at BP's Texas City plant. The 12-person jury in Houston is made up of eight women and four men. Four alternates also were chosen.

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CDC Bans Further Bioweapons Research at A&M

Updated: 09/05/2007 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control will not allow Texas A&M University to resume research on toxic disease agents. It cited poor safety practices, shoddy record-keeping and a lack of proper training at A&M campus labs.

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Number of Hunters in U.S. Declining

Posted: 09/04/2007 - (AP) Hunters remain a powerful force in American society, as evidenced by the presidential candidates who routinely pay them homage, but their ranks are shrinking dramatically and wildlife agencies worry increasingly about the loss of sorely needed license-fee revenue. New figures from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show that the number of hunters 16 and older declined by 10 percent between 1996 and 2006 - from 14 million to about 12.5 million. The drop was most acute in New England, the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific states, which lost 400,000 hunters in that span.

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Murder Charge 41 Years After Shooting

Posted: 09/04/2007 - PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Four decades after Officer Walter T. Barclay was shot while trying to stop a beauty salon burglary, the gunman who left him paralyzed is being charged with murder, the district attorney said Tuesday. Barclay died two weeks ago of an infection at age 64. The city's deputy medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, saying it stemmed from the gunshot wound Barclay suffered back in 1966.

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New Forecast Calls for Six More Hurricanes

Posted: 09/04/2007 - FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Hurricane expert William Gray downgraded his 2007 Atlantic storms forecast slightly Tuesday, but he still predicted above-average activity for the remaining three months of the season, with six more hurricanes, three of them major. One of those hurricanes was lashing the coast of Honduras on Tuesday as a powerful Category 5 storm named Felix, said forecaster Phil Klotzbach, a member of Gray's team at Colorado State University.

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Mold Causing Sickness at School?

Posted: 09/04/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A city councilman has joined the call for more air quality tests at an elementary school where seven janitors got sick this weekend. But Houston school officials say the school is safe. It will be open to students today, despite union concerns about mold problems in the building.

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Patrol Says it Follows Rules on Fence

Posted: 09/04/2007 - TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol is kicking off a massive program to build hundreds of miles of new fencing along the Mexican border, but initial efforts have some groups incensed because the agency skipped parts of a full environmental review. Border Patrol officials say they're doing all they can to protect the environment while fulfilling their mission to secure the borders.

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There are More Aggies This Year than Ever

Updated: 09/04/2007 - COLLEGE STATION, Sept. 4, 2007— A record 46,612 students are enrolled at Texas A&M University this fall, with the figures after the first full week of classes also showing more minority students in attendance than ever before. Surpassing the 46,000 level for the first time will probably result in Texas A&M remaining the seventh-largest university in the nation or possibly moving up slightly in such rankings, university officials noted, emphasizing, however, that increasing in size is not an institutional goal.

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Execution Wednesday is First of Five Scheduled this Month

Updated: 09/04/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A South Carolina drifter arrested in Oklahoma is set to die tomorrow night for killing a woman nine years ago in Amarillo. Thirty-year-old Tony Roach is the first of five convicted killers scheduled for lethal injection this month as Texas continues to build on its status as the nation's most active capital punishment state.

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Musician Shot Dead by Neighbor

Posted: 09/04/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas musician who played with Edie Brickell & New Bohemians was shot to death after trying to kick in the door of his girlfriend's neighbor. Thirty-four-year-old Jeffrey Carter Albrecht died at the scene early yesterday morning.

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Easy Non-Drug Help Aids ADHD Kids

Posted: 09/04/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - New research suggests there are easy non-drug alternatives to help kids who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The study focused on preschoolers.

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