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Officials Hope for Tourism Bump After Bush Library Renovations

Updated: 11/01/2007 - Before the Bush Presidential Library, 34 motor coaches came to the Twin Cities each year. When they opened, they initially got 50 per month, though now, that number is down to 20 per month. How do you get those numbers back up? With renovation.

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New A&M Regents Take Oath

Updated: 07/25/2007 - The newly appointed members of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents took their oath Wednesday evening. The three new appointees are: Morris Edwin Foster of Houston, J.L. Huffines of Dallas, and James P. Wilson of Sugar Land.

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Fire School Show Cancelled Due to Weather

Posted: 07/25/2007 - Due to impending inclement weather, Wednesday night's public demonstrations at Brayton Fire Training Field have been cancelled.

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Twelve Year Old Drowning Victim To Be Laid To Rest

Updated: 07/25/2007 - Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Michael Ross, who drowned in a local hotel swimming pool on Monday night. Ross, 12, will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 28 in his hometown of Fairfield.

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Walker County Residents Return After Weeks of Flooding

Updated: 07/25/2007 - Residents have returned to their houses along the Trinity River in Walker County. After weeks of flooding, the water level has started to go down and the clean-up process has started.

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Beat the Heat in Summer Workouts

Updated: 07/25/2007 - Heat and exercise can be a hazardous combination. However, officials at the St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center have some creative indoor workouts that can help you stay cool and fit.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Increases to $55 Million

Posted: 07/25/2007 - ATLANTA — The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery drawing grew to $55 million Wednesday. None of the tickets sold for Tuesday's $44 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball. The next drawing will be Friday.

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Lightning Kills Man at Lost Maples State Natural Area

Posted: 07/25/2007 - SAN ANTONIO — A 50-year-old man was killed in stormy weather at Lost Maples State Natural Area when he took shelter under a tree that was struck by lightning, officials said. Officials identified the victim as William Clardy of San Antonio.

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Study Shows Texas Leads Nation in Teen Birth Rate

Posted: 07/25/2007 - HOUSTON — Texas had the nation's highest birth rate among teenagers ages 15 to 19 in 2004, according to a newly released study of children's health. The Kids Count study, which is updated annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, said the Texas rate of 63 births per 1,000 teens remained the same from 2003 to 2004.

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Crystal Beach Murder Investigation Coming Up Empty

Posted: 07/25/2007 - GALVESTON, Texas — Authorities investigating the rape and murder of a 28-year-old mother on a popular stretch of beach near Galveston said they need the public's help to jump-start their stalled case. Bridgette Lynn Gearen disappeared late July 14, around the time she and some friends staying at a beach house were leaving to take a late-night drive, officials said. Campers found her beaten and strangled body in the Crystal Beach surf early the next morning.

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Man Ignored Evacuation Order, Asked to Pay for Rescue

Posted: 07/25/2007 - WEATHERFORD, Texas — A man who shot himself in the leg while stranded at home during flooding is being asked to reimburse the county for his swift-water rescue because he ignored evacuation orders. Parker County commissioners voted Monday to bill Edward Musick for $1,573.68, the estimated rescue cost.

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State Auditor Employee Accused of Bribery

Posted: 07/25/2007 - RICHMOND, Texas (AP) - An auditor for the state who's accused of seeking a bribe in Fort Bend County has been fired. Thirty-six-year-old Alfonso Gutierrez Jimenez was arraigned in Richmond on a bribery charge. Texas Rangers Tuesday received information that Jimenez solicited a $5,000 bribe in exchange for reducing a business owner's tax liability during an audit.

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Texas Cattle Ranchers Worry Rain Will Hurt Hay Quality

Posted: 07/25/2007 - LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas ranchers, for two years, yearned for greener pastures. Now with the drought behind them, ranchers and hay producers in some parts of the state are hampered by frequent rain that's keeping them out of fields.

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Ex-Amarillo Teacher Admits to Sexual Assault of a Child

Posted: 07/25/2007 - AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A former Amarillo High School teacher must serve probation after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a child. Martha Lynn Perry was 47 when she was indicted in December of 2004 after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

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Testimony Today in Case of Muslim Charity Accused of Aiding Terrorists

Posted: 07/25/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Testimony begins today in the Dallas trial of a group that was once the nation's largest Muslim charity. The Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and five leaders are charged with aiding terrorists, conspiracy and money laundering.

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Johnson Executed Over 1990 Double Slaying

Posted: 07/25/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Convicted killer Lonnie Earl Johnson has been executed in Huntsville over a 1990 double slaying. Johnson was condemned for the shooting deaths of two Houston-area teenagers who'd given him a ride. The victims were 16-year-old Sean Fulk Schulz and 17-year-old Leroy McCaffrey Junior.

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Trinity River Bank Landslide in Grand Prairie

Posted: 07/25/2007 - GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) - Crews are working to repair a wastewater pipeline that broke in Grand Prairie when part of the Trinity River bank fell into the water. The Trinity River Authority has begun repairs. The break was discovered Tuesday.

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Explosions Prompt Evacuations in Dallas

Updated: 07/25/2007 - A series of gas explosions near downtown Dallas is prompting officials to evacuate a half-mile radius and close two vital interstates through downtown.

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Controversial Colorado Professor Fired

Posted: 07/24/2007 - A University of Colorado professor whose essay compared some Nine-Eleven victims to a Nazi leader is out of a job. The university's governing board has voted to fire professor Ward Churchill.

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Other Bryan Council Business Includes Senior Tax Freeze

Updated: 07/24/2007 - A senior tax freeze in Bryan is now on the ballot. The city council approved the second reading of an ordinance Tuesday calling for the election, which will take place November 6 along with other constitutional amendments.

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Morrow Arrives in Bryan to Council Approval

Updated: 07/25/2007 - Tyrone Morrow got the official thumbs up from Bryan's city council. The new choice for police chief was on hand Tuesday to be presented to the council. He was later approved in a vote.

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Local Teens Fly High in Aviation Program

Updated: 07/24/2007 - The Aggie Flying Club hosted a day-long informational for members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley to learn more about different career opportunities available in aviation.

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