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Brenham Smoking Ordinance Takes Effect

Updated: 07/16/2007 - Brenham smokers will have to think again before lighting up outside of their home. After two years of debating, the city's no-smoking ordinance will take effect Tuesday.

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Sex Offender Gets Life in Baby Sex Assault

Updated: 07/16/2007 - A Brazos County jury returned a guilty verdict Monday in the trial of a registered sex offender charged with sexually assaulting a 13-month old baby. Jurors took only about 30 minutes to sentence Jerry Rangel to life in prison.

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Walker County Declared Disaster Area

Updated: 07/16/2007 - After weeks of heavy rain and flooding, Walker County will be getting some much needed assistance. Governor Rick Perry has declared the county a disaster area.

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Washout Halts Trips on Texas State Railroad

Posted: 07/16/2007 - RUSK, Texas (AP) - Rain and flooding in East Texas have halted train rides on the Texas State Railroad. All scheduled trains have been suspended on a week-to-week basis until repairs to a damaged track are completed.

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Safer Cigarettes?

Posted: 07/16/2007 - (AP) The federal agency charged with keeping food and drugs from harming people may soon be asked to take a consumer product that kills more than 400,000 people a year and make it safer. The product is the cigarette - generally acknowledged as anything but safe. Smoking accounts for nearly one in five deaths in the United States.

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Woman Found Incompetent to Stand Trial in Chase Death

Posted: 07/16/2007 - CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - A woman accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase that caused her infant daughter's death has been found incompetent to stand trial. Aimee Andrea Fisher-Riza faces charges of murder and evading arrest for the April chase.

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Parents Will Have Access to Child's Juvenile Record

Posted: 07/16/2007 - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Parents and guardians will soon have access to their children's juvenile law enforcement records. A new law signed this weekend by Governor Rick Perry gives minors 16 and younger, along with their parents or legal guardians, a chance to obtain those records. It goes into effect September first.

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Cardinal Apologizes for Innocence Lost

Posted: 07/16/2007 - (AP) Cardinal Roger Mahony, leader of America's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, apologized Sunday to the hundreds of people who will get a share of a $660 million settlement over allegations of clergy sex abuse. "There really is no way to go back and give them that innocence that was taken from them. The one thing I wish I could give the victims ... I cannot," he said.

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Steroids Test May Not be Ready for Football Season

Posted: 07/16/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas lawmaker who authored a new mandatory random steroid testing law for high school athletes now says the program may not be ready in time for the upcoming football season. State Senator Kyle Janek, a Republican from Houston, said the state should consider holding back on testing if concerns about over-the-counter supplements causing positive test results are not satisfied by the fall.

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Kaspar Promoted to Bryan City Engineer

Updated: 07/16/2007 - City of Bryan Public Works Director Linda Huff announced Monday that Paul Kaspar has been promoted to City Engineer for the City of Bryan, effective immediately.

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Miami Bomb Scare Not a Threat

Posted: 07/16/2007 - MIAMI (AP) - A Miami International Airport terminal was briefly evacuated early Monday after authorities found what appeared to be an explosive device but turned out to be harmless. A watch and other items were spotted in a box that at first appeared to be part of an explosive device, said Transportation Security Administration spokesman Christopher White.

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Zookeeper Upgraded to Stable Condition After Tiger Attack

Posted: 07/16/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A zookeeper who was attacked by a male tiger at the San Antonio Zoo has been upgraded to stable condition. A zoo spokeswoman says 28-year-old Jeff Tierney was attacked Saturday and remains in an intensive care unit.

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Regulators Interested in Whole Foods CEO's Anonymous Postings

Posted: 07/16/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are investigating the anonymous online postings Whole Foods' CEO, some of which denigrated a smaller rival grocery chain. John Mackey's postings over seven years on Internet financial forums at times attacked Wild Oats Markets, calling its stock overpriced and predicting it would fall into bankruptcy and then be sold after its shares dipped below 5 dollars.

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Bracing for the Brazos River's Crest

Updated: 07/16/2007 - People who remember how fast the Brazos River escaped its banks back in 1991 are not taking any chances on being caught off guard again. News of the possible flooding of the Brazos spread like wildfire among those who live by the river like Joe Wilder.

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Procession Carries Lady Bird to Burial

Posted: 07/15/2007 - STONEWALL, Texas (AP) - Lady Bird Johnson has arrived at her final resting place beneath a canopy of oak trees at the family's ranch near Austin.

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Amber Alert Issued for Houston Boy

Posted: 07/15/2007 - The Houston Police Department has issued an Amber Alert after a 5-year-old boy was apparently abducted at a gas station. Jordan Rodriguez was in his mother’s car as she was getting gas at the Exxon station on Tidwell and I-45 around 2:45 p.m. Sunday when an unidentified black male jumped in the vehicle and drove off with the boy.

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Dancing From Texas to New York

Updated: 07/15/2007 - Modern dance may not be as widespread as Christine Bergeron would like here in the Brazos Valley but the dance company she belongs to impressed the New York dance community. On the first try, the company was accepted to perform in the New York International Fringe Festival.

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Before Students, Bus Is Filled With Supplies

Posted: 07/14/2007 - The first event to prepare students for the up-coming school year was held Saturday morning. OfficeMax teamed up with the Bryan-College Station Junior League to help Stuff The Bus.

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