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Mother Accused of Failing to Provide Care for Son

Posted: 07/13/2007 - ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Police say a 24-year-old woman who put a Popsicle on the head of her toddler son and returned him to bed after he fell from the second floor of her apartment has been arrested. The child died.

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Parole Recommendations Withdrawn Amid Safety Questions

Posted: 07/13/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - State juvenile prison officials have canceled the release of more than 150 offenders after learning many served minimal time for violent crimes. The revelations have prompted the scandal-plagued Texas Youth Commission to review its entire parole criteria.

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Two On Short List For Bryan Police Chief

Updated: 07/13/2007 - Only two candidates remain in contention to become the head of the Bryan Police Department. Major Tyrone Morrow of Fairfax County Virginia Police Department and Deputy Chief Eric Buske from Omaha, Nebraska, have been named the two finalists.

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Magnolia Man Charged in Mother's Death

Updated: 07/12/2007 - A Magnolia man is in Montgomery County Jail, charged with murder in the death of his mother. Michael Dugan Todd, 20, was arrested Wednesday at his home in the 31000 block of Golden Rod, just off FM 1774 in Magnolia.

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Edwards Works to Ease Local Road Woes

Updated: 07/13/2007 - A project that could ease local road congestion may be in store for an economic boost. U.S. Representative Chet Edwards announced he has secured $600,000 for the Brazos Valley Transportation Management Center.

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Wal-Mart to Prosecute Younger Shoplifters

Updated: 07/12/2007 - (AP) Wal-Mart is recommending its stores prosecute shoplifters at a younger age, tightening guidelines for store managers as it seeks to put a cap on rising theft that has eroded its profit. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Wednesday it issued new guidelines to its U.S. stores this week lowering the age at which it recommends they prosecute first-time shoplifters to 16 from 18.

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Sensitive Military Papers Found Online

Posted: 07/12/2007 - Highly sensitive military material that officials refused to release when asked by the Associated Press was easily found on the Internet. Most of it was posted carelessly to file servers by government agencies and contractors, accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.

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FBI Assists in Video Investigation

Posted: 07/12/2007 - (AP) The FBI is helping authorities in Houston see if any crime was committed when a group of young women videotaped themselves laughing at a toddler and joking that the child had taken Ecstasy. It's unclear whether the tot had actually been given the drug, authorities said.

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UT Professor Prompts Changes in Ken Burns Documentary

Posted: 07/12/2007 - BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Ken Burns, criticized for overlooking the role of Hispanic soldiers in his new World War Two documentary, said nearly a half-hour of footage on Hispanic and American Indian veterans is being added to the film. Burns said profiles of two Hispanics will conclude the first and sixth episodes of the roughly 15-hour, seven-part "The War," debuting September 23rd on PBS.

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Fort Bliss Opens Center Offering Help

Posted: 07/12/2007 - FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) - Fort Bliss has opened a center to treat the physical and mental problems of soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Supporters say it's a unique approach that will benefit thousands of troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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South Dakota Carries Out First Execution in 60 Years

Posted: 07/12/2007 - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A convicted killer had no last words and showed little emotion before getting a lethal dose of drugs in South Dakota's first execution in 60 years. Elijah Page was put to death last night for the torture-slaying of a teen-ager in 2000.

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Harris County to Transfer Hundreds of Inmates to Louisiana

Posted: 07/12/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - As many as 400 Harris County inmates could be sent to a private facility in northeast Louisiana as part of a plan to deal with a surge in prisoners. The first group of Harris County inmates will be transferred Friday to the West Carroll Detention Center in Epps, Louisiana.

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Suspected AWOL Soldier Arrested in Store Robbery

Posted: 07/12/2007 - WESLACO, Texas (AP) - A soldier suspected of going absent without leave is accused of robbing a Weslaco convenience store while wearing his camouflage uniform. Twenty-one-year-old Jose Davila was charged with aggravated robbery Wednesday after turning himself in to police.

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Bush 41 Remembers Lady Bird; Library Offers Condolence Book

Updated: 07/12/2007 - Former President Bush has sent his condolences following the death of Lady Bird Johnson Wednesday. You can send your remembrances and condolences to the Johnson Library in Austin by signing a book at the Bush Library.

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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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