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Report Says Some Power Companies are Too Big

Posted: 12/22/2006 - A Public Utility Commission report says the state's effort to open the electricity market to competition isn't working because some power companies are too big. The regulatory commission Thursday released a report on the state of competition in the electricity market. The issue will likely be a major topic of debate in the upcoming legislative session.

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Waller County Election Complaints

Posted: 12/22/2006 - The state Attorney General's Office is investigating complaints that the rights of black voters in Waller County were violated in November. The agency is examining assorted election records. Solicitor General Ted Cruz says in a statement that the Attorney General's Office will prosecute any violations of the election code.

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Bail Set For Multiple Murder Suspect

Updated: 12/21/2006 - An accused Burleson County mass murderer could be a free man while awaiting retrial. In a Thursday bond hearing, a judge set bail for Anthony Graves at $1 million.

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A Present to Remember

Updated: 12/21/2006 - Getting a brand new bicycle for Christmas has been at, or near, the top of almost every kid's wish list at one time or another. Thursday, that wish came true for a group of local children.

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Aggie Marine Laid to Rest

Updated: 12/21/2006 - Funeral services were held in the Houston suburb of Kingwood Thursday for a Marine recently killed in Iraq. Friends and family said goodbye to Lance Corporal Luke Yepsen, a Marine Corps infantryman who had recently completed boot camp.

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Bush 43's Library Headed for SMU?

Updated: 12/22/2006 - Baylor University Bush Library Project Director Tommye Lou Davis said she remains “cautiously optimistic” despite the announcement that the committee formed to recommend a site for the George W. Bush Presidential Library is entering exclusive talks with SMU.

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Study: Teen Drug Abuse Down

Updated: 12/21/2006 - An annual study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed Thursday some positive news about adolescent use of illegal drugs: youth drug use is down by around 23 percent since 2001.

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Christmas Pets May Not Be a Perfect Present

Updated: 12/21/2006 - The cute little meows of kittens and the adorable sad eyes of puppies could be enough to convenience people to buy them, but is it enough to keep the love going? "It's not just Christmas morning or New Year's Day. It's long term," Ashley Wesp said.

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Beyond Double Blessings

Updated: 12/21/2006 - Lunch patrons of the Rock Prairie McDonald's were seeing more than double on Thursday. Aggieland Multiples held their Happy Birthday Jesus Christmas Celebration at the local restaurant.

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Babysitter Pleads Guilty

Updated: 12/21/2006 - A Bryan resident will spend a year in jail for her role in the death of a Neal Elementary School student. Wednesday, Cynthia Ann Wright, 46, pleaded guilty to injury to a child due to criminal negligence.

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Where to Land?

Posted: 12/21/2006 - NASA managers have options, but none of them is ideal as they consider where to land the space shuttle Friday. The forecast calls for low clouds and showers at Kennedy Space Center, the primary site. Crosswinds are expected at the main back-up site at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The weather looks good at a seldom-used back up site in New Mexico, but that creates logistical headaches.

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Texas AG Sues Chemical Company over Pollution

Posted: 12/21/2006 - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is suing a Houston chemical company and two of its subsidiaries -- accusing them of releasing harmful pollutants into the air. Officials with Lyondell Chemical denied the accusations. According to the lawsuit, four chemical plants run by Lyondell and subsidiaries Equistar Chemicals and Millennium Petrochemicals released unauthorized harmful emissions.

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Governor Grants Pardons

Posted: 12/21/2006 - Governor Rick Perry has granted a full pardon to a Dallas man who served 22 years in prison for a sexual assault he did not commit. DNA testing proved the innocence of Billy Wayne Miller and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had recommended his case for clemency.

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OPAS Still On for Fall 2007, Just Not in Rudder

Updated: 12/21/2006 - The rumor mill has be churning concerning the Fall 2007 season for MSC OPAS. The Rudder facilities on the A&M campus will undergo major renovations from June through the end of 2007. So what does that mean for fans of the arts?

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Blood For Christmas

Updated: 02/05/2007 - Christmas may be a time for giving, but that's not necessarily the case with blood donations. Blood collected by the Red Cross is used to supply hospitals around the country, including local ones like St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

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Real vs. Fake

Updated: 12/20/2006 - It's become a recent holiday dilemma, whether to purchase an artificial or a real Christmas tree. Previous studies have suggested that artificial trees trump real tree sales. However, real trees locally haven't been suffering.

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Locals React to Possible Military Increase

Updated: 12/20/2006 - President Bush has called for an overall increase of the Army and Marines to fight global terror and he's asked new Defense Secretary Robert Gates to come up with a plan to make that happen. Local residents have mixed reactions to the potential increase.

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Report: Light May Be at Fault in Maryland Plane Crash

Updated: 12/20/2006 - The preliminary report on the Maryland plane crash that killed two local residents is in. According to the initial findings, witnesses who arrived on the scene shortly after the December 9 crash said an obstruction light in place to indicate tall trees near the airport was not illuminated.

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Search Efforts End for Missing Oregon Climbers

Updated: 12/20/2006 - Hood River County Sheriff Joe Wampler is now calling the search for two missing climbers a "recovery effort." Wampler says effort to find the two missing climbers alive on Mount Hood is over.

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Free Tuition for Some UT Tyler Students

Posted: 12/20/2006 - The University of Texas at Tyler plans to waive tuition for students whose families make less than 25-thousand dollars annually. The program will begin in the fall 2007 semester.

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Sony BMG to Pay in Texas and California

Posted: 12/20/2006 - Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay one and one-half (m) million dollars and kick in potentially thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over CD's with built-in anti-piracy software. The settlements announced Tuesday pertain to lawsuits over CD's loaded with one of two types of copy-protection software -- MediaMax or XCP.

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Workers Dismissed after Praying at Employee's Cubicle

Posted: 12/20/2006 - Two former employees of the University of Texas at Arlington allege they were fired after praying over another staffer's cubicle and anointing it with olive oil. The suit claims a male worker told them about problems he was having with another employee. The two women and the man stayed after work to pray for the employee.

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Surge of Troops Into Iraq Being Discussed

Updated: 12/20/2006 - The White House acknowledges it's considering a temporary "surge" of US troops in Iraq, but denies a split with the Joint Chiefs over the idea. Press Secretary Tony Snow says a short-term boost in troop strength is among a number of ideas President Bush is looking at.

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Employee Assaulted in Restaurant Robbery

Posted: 12/19/2006 - For the second day in a row, a suspect's actions turned a minor crime into a major one. Tuesday's incident took place at the College Station Kettle shortly before 3:30 p.m.

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