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Suspect Indicted in 1992 East Texas Triple Slaying

Posted: 08/10/2007 - LINDEN, Texas — A convicted criminal who was arrested 15 years ago but not indicted for the 1992 slaying of a woman and her two daughters has now been indicted in the case, authorities said. A Cass County grand jury indicted Michael Kevin Hailey on Thursday on one count of capital murder for the deaths of Gerri-Faye Butts and her daughters Jessica Butts, 11, and Mackenzie Sullivan Butts, 3.

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Astronauts to Focus on Possible Foam Damage

Posted: 08/10/2007 - HOUSTON — NASA engineers will pay close attention as the space shuttle Endeavour maneuvers toward the international space station on Friday as they try to determine whether foam insulation that broke off the fuel tank damaged the ship. Mission Control woke the crew Friday morning to "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra, a dedication from Commander Scott Kelly's daughters, Samantha and Charlotte.

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Armstrong Wants Bikes for Kids

Posted: 08/10/2007 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Lance Armstrong owes it all to his bicycle. No surprise there. The seven-time winner of the Tour de France told guests at a Colorado Springs fundraising dinner that, quote, "Without a bike, my life would not have been the same."

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Ex-DISD Employee Gets One Year in Prison Over Theft

Posted: 08/10/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - A judge has sentenced a former secretary in the Dallas Independent School District to one year in federal prison in a credit card scheme. Gloria Grace Orapello in February pleaded guilty to one count of theft from an organization receiving federal fund.

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President Seeks to Curb Illegal Immigration by Raising Employer Fines

Posted: 08/10/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez today plan to announce new efforts to curb illegal immigration. The Bush administration is making the proposals after failing to push through legislation earlier this year.

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State to Help Low-Income Texans Replace Old Vehicles

Posted: 08/10/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Low-income drivers in 16 Texas counties will soon be eligible for financial aid to replace old vehicles to help fight pollution. By year's end, the state will begin offering up to $3,500 in vouchers to replace pre-1996 vehicles, which are some of the heaviest polluters on the roads.

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Ex-Astronaut Wants Ankle Bracelet Removed as She Awaits Trial

Posted: 08/10/2007 - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Former astronaut Lisa Nowak wants a Florida judge to let her remove her tracking ankle bracelet as she awaits trial. Nowak is accused of attacking a romantic rival for the affections of a now-ex astronaut.

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Navasota High School Principal Asked to Resign

Updated: 08/11/2007 - Navasota ISD Superintendent Jennings Teel confirmed Friday morning he has asked high school principal Brent Rumbo to resign. Teel said some "questioning circumstances that are negative" have been brought to his attention, prompting Rumbo to be placed on paid administrative leave until further notice.

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Suspect in Teen Death Not Deported Despite Prior Arrests

Posted: 08/10/2007 - PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Federal officials say two cousins accused of killing a Texas teenager during her visit to Oregon acknowledged entering the country illegally from Mexico. The Oregonian newspaper reports that 24-year-old Alejandro Rivera Gamboa went unnoticed by immigration officials even though he was arrested four times on drunken driving charges since 2000.

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Teen Charged with Murder in Crash that Killed Four

Posted: 08/10/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A 15-year-old boy who slammed a stolen car into a freight train parked at a railroad crossing has been charged with murder in the deaths of four of his passengers. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says the teens were joyriding on June 14th in a Jeep Cherokee that Bobby Davis had stolen when the accident occurred at four in the morning.

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MLK Murder Suspect Indicted

Updated: 08/09/2007 - The man accused of carrying out Bryan's second murder of the year was indicted Thursday. A Brazos County grand jury handed up a murder indictment against 53-year-old Lee Ernest Hamilton.

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Police Chase Covers Four Counties

Updated: 08/09/2007 - A Brenham man fresh out of jail is back behind bars after leading police on a high-speed chase spanning four counties. Freddie Franklin, 27, allegedly threatened a woman then refused to stop for law enforcement Monday evening.

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Saving Hay From Rainy Days

Updated: 08/09/2007 - Finally, the sun has come out to offer more than an glimpse and farmer Willie Milberger is taking advantage of its appearance to get as much hay baled as possible. "Weather has not really been good towards hay production this year," Milberger said.

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Taxing Changes for Local Tax Office

Updated: 08/09/2007 - Gerald "Buddy" Winn served in his role at the Brazos County Tax Office for more than 30 years before announcing his plans to retire. "Right now i'm just going to mow weeds, and build fences, and tend to my cows, and do whatever my wife wants me to do," Buddy Winn said in an interview after announcing his retirement last month.

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East Texas "Redneck Games" Under Scrutiny

Posted: 08/09/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - So-called "Texas Redneck Games" and the "Texas Redneck Muddy Gras" are drawing scrutiny from law officers and unhappy neighbors. The latest pay-to-attend gathering about 70 miles southeast of Dallas ended Sunday with more than 50 arrests and citations.

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Dallas and Chicago Home Loan Banks Consider Merging

Posted: 08/09/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - The Federal Home Loan Banks of Dallas and Chicago say they're considering merging their operations. The banks are cooperatives owned by member financial institutions in their areas. They're part of a national system of 12 banks that help provide funding for residential mortgages and community development.

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Mother of Idaho Inmate Who Killed Self in Texas Files Claim

Posted: 08/09/2007 - BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The mother of an Idaho inmate who killed himself in a dilapidated private Texas prison has filed a $500,000 claim against Idaho. Shirley Noble claims the Idaho Department of Correction is responsible for "inhumane treatment and illegal and unconstitutional conditions of confinement" that contributed to his death.

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Survey Finds Fewer Mexicans are Sending Money Home

Posted: 08/09/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A report finds one in three Mexican migrants living in states where Hispanic migration is relatively new stopped sending money home this year. The Inter-American Development Bank reports anti-immigrant sentiment may be to blame.

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Pregnant Woman Dies at ICE Detention Center in El Paso

Posted: 08/09/2007 - EL PASO, Texas (AP) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a pregnant woman in the agency's custody died after complaining of leg pain and losing consciousness. Spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa says Rosa Contreras Dominguez was taken to an El Paso medical center Tuesday night when nurses noticed she was losing consciousness.

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Harris County Leads Nation in Minority Population Increase

Posted: 08/09/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - The ethnic makeup of the Houston area is changing faster than anywhere else in the United States. The Census Bureau today reports the change is fueled by an influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees and a booming Hispanic population.

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Importer Recalls 255,000 Chinese-made Tires

Posted: 08/09/2007 - NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey-based tire importer is recalling more than a-quarter million tires made in China. The tires are steel-belted radial replacements for pickups, vans and SUVs and were sold under the Westlake, Compass and YKS brand names. Importer Foreign Tire Sales says they lack a safety feature that prevents tread separation.

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