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Texas' Education Commissioner Out

Posted: 06/20/2007 - Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley will step down July 1 after three years leading the Texas Education Agency.

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Texas State Demographer Tapped to Head Census Bureau

Posted: 06/20/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The White House has nominated Steve Murdock, the Texas state demographer, to be the next director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Murdock is director of the Texas State Data Center and a professor of demographics at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Space Shuttle Continues Journey to Earth

Posted: 06/20/2007 - JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) - NASA isn't anticipating any problems as it awaits today's results of a final inspection on Atlantis. The shuttle is due to land tomorrow.

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Local Legislators Provide Insight Into 80th Legislative Session

Updated: 06/19/2007 - Washington County legislators gave residents a first-hand account of the inner workings of the 80th legislative session. Hundreds filed into the Washington County Fairgrounds Event Center all with one thing in mind: learning more about the accomplishments of the session.

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Candidates for Bryan Police Chief Converge in Bryan

Updated: 06/19/2007 - The search for the next Bryan Police Chief is down to a handful of finalists. The nationwide search turned up five candidates, all with different backgrounds. Wednesday morning, the final five will be in Bryan for interviews with City Manager David Watkins.

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Navasota High Principal Refutes Allegations

Updated: 06/20/2007 - A heated school board meeting Monday night regarding Navasota High School principal Brent Rumbo left several unanswered questions, but what happened after the meeting might bring about a resolution. The group attacking the principal seems to be taking a higher road.

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Bryan Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

Updated: 06/19/2007 - A Bryan man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. George Williams pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.

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Charleston, S.C. Fire Fatalities Worst Since 9-11

Updated: 06/19/2007 - Charleston's fire chief says he lost nine of his best friends in the fire that swept through a furniture warehouse, collapsed its roof and killed nine firefighters inside.

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Auto Lobby Targets Senators Over Fuel Efficiency Standards

Posted: 06/19/2007 - CAPITOL HILL (AP) - Dozens of auto dealers and executives have been courting undecided senators on Capitol Hill. They want the senators to oppose an energy plan that would raise fuel efficiency standards to a degree they say would hurt their businesses.

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Atlantis Undocks from Space Station, Heads Home

Updated: 06/19/2007 - INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (AP) - The space shuttle Atlantis has undocked from the international space station and is heading back to Earth. The space station commander continued a tradition by ringing a bell and saying "Atlantis departing."

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Perry Declares Four North Texas Counties Disaster Areas

Updated: 06/19/2007 - GAINESVILLE, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday flew over parts of storm-damaged North Texas and called the flooding a "horrific event." Perry earlier issued disaster declarations for Cooke, Grayson, Lampasas and Tarrant counties.

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Waco Area Animal Control Officer Shot and Killed

Posted: 06/19/2007 - WACO, Texas (AP) - The animal control officer for the town of Bellmead was shot multiple times in the back and killed while making his rounds at the city's animal shelter. The Bellmead fire chief found the body of Bobby Dean Evans lying in the shelter's doorway Monday morning.

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Two Teens in Custody; Police Investigate Baby Abduction

Posted: 06/19/2007 - LEVELLAND, Texas (AP) - A judge says two juveniles must remain in custody as police investigate the abduction of a baby from a car in Levelland. The four-month-old girl was found unharmed near a Wal-Mart about 90 minutes after she was reported taken from a vehicle outside a home.

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Old Complaint Emerges as Navasota Trustees Discuss Principal

Updated: 06/18/2007 - Navasota school board members called Monday night's meeting on high school principal Brent Rumbo "informational," and the information they're gathering involves allegations of discrimination and intimidation for the man who has headed up NHS for just one year.

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Houston Man Accused of Grimes County Crime Spree

Updated: 06/18/2007 - A Houston man has been charged with attempted capital murder following a weekend crime spree in Grimes County. Marcus Lair is being held on $500,000 bond and other charges are pending.

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Virginia Tech Shooting Site Reopened

Posted: 06/18/2007 - BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Just two months after a Virginia Tech student went on a rampage, killing 32 people before committing suicide, the university is reopening Norris Hall. The second-floor classrooms where Seung-Hui Cho shot 25 students and five faculty members will not be used again.

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