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Normangee Fills Final Vacancy on City Council

Updated: 07/11/2007 - The Normangee city council is back to full strength. New Mayor Jay Traylor announced Tuesday that former city council member Louise Lewis has accepted an invitation to return to the governing body.

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Lady Bird Johnson Dies

Updated: 07/11/2007 - Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson has died at her home in Austin. She was 94.

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Date Set for Bryan Hooters Hearing

Updated: 07/11/2007 - Fans and opponents of Hooters will soon find out if the restaurant will open in Bryan. A hearing to decide whether the restaurant will get its liquor license will take place September 20 and 21 in Waco.

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Sooners To Appeal NCAA Ruling Erasing 2005 Wins

Updated: 07/11/2007 - University of Oklahoma President David Boren says Wednesday that the school will appeal an NCAA infractions committee's ruling that would erase eight wins from the football team's 2005 record.

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A&M No Longer in Running for Bio-Defense Center

Updated: 07/11/2007 - Texas A&M University is no longer a finalist for the Department of Homeland Security's National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. The university was one of 18 possible hosts for the $450 million facility.

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New Healthcare Options with Scott & White

Posted: 07/11/2007 - Officials with Scott & White have signed an agreement with UnitedHealthcare that will open a new range of network options for nearly 200,000 Central Texans. The new agreement takes effect August first, and adds more than 550 Scott & White providers to health plans marketed by UniteHealthcare and its affiliates.

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College Station ISD Making Parents Aware of Nutrition Options

Updated: 10/02/2009 - Officials in College Station ISD are sending home letters regarding nutrition options for the 2007-2008 school year. The letters offer information regarding prepaying meals for students, as well as free and reduced meal plans.

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Beck Street Project Closes Oakwood Entrance

Posted: 07/11/2007 - The entrance to Bryan’s Oakwood Mobile Home Park on Beck Street will be closed starting Thursday as part of the Beck Street Extension Project. Closure of the block from Richards Street to the mobile home park entrance is necessary for roadway reconstruction. The only public entrance to the mobile home park will be from FM 2818.

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Seal Coating Project Starts on College Station Streets

Posted: 07/11/2007 - Crews in College Station will be hard at work over the next week or two, improving roadways for motorists. A seal coating project is underway in areas along Southwest Parkway west of Texas Avenue.

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White House Says President Will Veto Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

Posted: 07/11/2007 - WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush will veto a defense appropriations bill now being debated on the Senate floor if lawmakers include an amendment setting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, the White House said Tuesday. Senate Democratic leaders have said they plan to bring forward an amendment from Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., that calls for beginning a redeployment of U.S. troops in as little as four months, to be completed by next spring.

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New Leaders for Local Schools

Updated: 10/02/2009 - It may be summer, but trustees in both Bryan and College Station school districts have been busy hiring new leaders for some of their schools. Bryan’s Sam Houston Elementary School will have a new principal this fall. And, A&M Consolidated High School will welcome two new assistant principals.

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Bus-sized Squid Washes Up on Beach

Updated: 07/11/2007 - A squid as long as a bus and weighing 550 pounds washed up on an Australian beach, officials said Wednesday.

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Ex-Surgeon General Claims Administration Muzzled Him

Posted: 07/11/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's most recent surgeon general accused the administration Tuesday of muzzling him for political reasons on hot-button health issues such as emergency contraception and abstinence-only education. Dr. Richard Carmona, the nation's 17th surgeon general, told lawmakers that all surgeons general have had to deal with politics but none more so than he.

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Idaho Sending More Prisoners to Texas to Ease Overcrowding

Posted: 07/11/2007 - BOISE, Idaho — Even as they contend with criticisms of the way Idaho inmates were treated at a privately run Texas prison, state officials are sending more inmates to a troubled facility run by the same company. State officials including Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Tuesday approved sending 40 inmates to the Val Verde Correctional Facility and Jail in Del Rio, Texas, as they try to ease prison overcrowding in their own state.

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Shuttle Moves to Launch Pad

Posted: 07/11/2007 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Endeavour arrived at its launch pad early Wednesday for a flight to deliver teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan and six crewmates to the international space station. It's been a nearly five-year wait for Endeavour, and the shuttle has nothing on Morgan: She's been waiting 22 years to reach orbit.

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Jury to Continue Deliberations in King Ranch Case

Posted: 07/11/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The probate court judge overseeing a monthslong trial over the estate of King Ranch heir B.K. Johnson ordered the jury to further deliberate the long list of questions in the case after they were apparently confused by how many jurors had to agree on the verdict. A verdict in the civil case that pits Johnson's daughters and grandchildren against his third wife and J.P. Morgan Trust Company requires that at least 10 of the 12 jurors agree on the exact same answers to 25 questions given them in their instructions.

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Officer Advises Against Trial for Marine in Haditha Killings

Posted: 07/11/2007 - SAN DIEGO (AP) - An investigating officer has recommended dismissing murder charges against a Marine accused in the slayings of three Iraqi men. According to a report, the government had not produced enough evidence to show that Lance Corporal Justin L. Sharratt had executed the three men.

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Casey Says the Army is Stretched

Posted: 07/11/2007 - FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) - Chief of Staff General George Casey says the Army is stretched thin and long deployments are taking a toll on soldiers and their families. Casey, who in April became the 36th Army chief of staff, toured Fort Bliss. Casey says the war in Iraq, which started in 2003, has put so much pressure on the Army that limiting deployments to 15 months can't be guaranteed.

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Texan to be Executed Tonight in South Dakota

Posted: 07/11/2007 - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The governor of South Dakota says he'll be on an open phone line tonight to the death chamber when a Texan's punishment is carried out. Elijah Page of Athens, Texas, was condemned over the 2000 torture slaying of Chester Poage of Spearfish, South Dakota.

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Man Told to Stop Lighting Cigarettes Before House Explosion

Posted: 07/11/2007 - CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - A man whose wife died after their home exploded had been told not to light any more cigarettes before the blast. That's according to a city of Cleburne fire marshal's report. After calling the fire department last May, David Pawlick said quote: "every time my wife lights a cigarette, a blue flame shoots up to the ceiling."

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State Auditor to Investigate TEA Contract Practices

Posted: 07/11/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - The state auditor's office will investigate how the Texas Education Agency awards lucrative contracts. State auditor John Keel said his office has opened an investigation, but said he couldn't comment further. The annoucement comes after an internal investigation revealed TEA didn't follow its own rules when giving contracts for state work.

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Man Killed in Street Sweeper Accident

Posted: 07/11/2007 - NEW SUMMERFIELD, Texas (AP) - A 26-year-old East Texas man is dead after a street sweeper rolled on top of him. Department of Public Safety officials say Everado Reyes-Lopez, of Marshall, died Tuesday afternoon near New Summerfield.

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