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Five Dead After Plane Hits Florida Homes

Updated: 07/10/2007 - Two of the people killed in the crash of a small plane near Orlando, Florida today have been identified as the husband of a NASCAR official and a pilot for the auto-racing organization.

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Embattled Hurricane Center Head on Leave

Posted: 07/10/2007 - MIAMI (AP) - The director of the National Hurricane Center went on leave Monday, government officials said, four days after many of the center's employees called for his removal because of his comments about an aging weather satellite. More than 20 of Bill Proenza's nearly 50 staff members signed a statement last week urging federal officials to dismiss him.

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Finding a Fair Jury for TSU's Former President

Posted: 07/10/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - Defense attorneys for the former president of Texas Southern University want her trial moved. They say heavy media coverage will prevent finding a fair jury when Priscilla Slade goes on trial next month in Houston. Slade faces two charges of misusing university funds.

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Mother Charged with Murder in Son's Death

Posted: 07/10/2007 - TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas woman accused of strangling her 2-year-old son has been charged with capital murder. Tyler police say 39-year-old Catherine Alana Stevens confessed to strangling her child.

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Driver Faces Capital Murder Charges in Smuggling Chase

Posted: 07/10/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police say a man accused of trying to smuggle Central American migrants in an SUV will face capital murder charges. Authorities say the driver led a state trooper and police from three departments on a high-speed chase that covered more than 100 miles.

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Judge OKs Plan to Improve Health Care Access for Kids

Posted: 07/10/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A federal judge has approved a sweeping settlement meant to improve access to medical care for more than two million poor children in Texas. The agreement likely ends a 14-year-old lawsuit over children's Medicaid.

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Texan to be First South Dakota Execution in 60 Years

Posted: 07/10/2007 - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Wednesday night is scheduled to carry out its first execution in 60 years with the lethal injection of an East Texas man. Twenty-five-year-old Elijah Page of Athens, Texas, faces execution at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

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Ruiz Faces Execution Tonight

Posted: 07/10/2007 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A man convicted of being the triggerman in a 1992 insurance-related murder for hire faces execution tonight in Huntsville. Rolando Ruiz was condemned over the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Theresa Rodriguez of San Antonio.

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Grandmother Arrested; Infant had Drugs in System

Posted: 07/10/2007 - RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (AP) - Richland Hills police have arrested the grandmother of an infant boy who tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and other drugs. 48-year-old Janna Beau was taken into custody Monday on suspicion of abandoning or endangering a child.

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Bryan Business Council Could Get New Members, Mission

Updated: 07/10/2007 - In March, four of the seven members of the Bryan Business Council stepped down. Soon, those seats may be filled. Of more significance may be a change in direction for the BBC.

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Aggies Get $5 Million Bioenergy Grant

Updated: 07/09/2007 - Governor Rick Perry awarded a $5 million grant to Texas A&M for bioenergy research and biofuel advancements on Monday. The money comes from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.

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Gambling Machines Seized in Montgomery County

Posted: 07/09/2007 - More than 40 gambling machines were seized and four people arrested Monday in a raid on a Montgomery County game room. Sheriff investigators showed up unannounced at the Triple 8 arcade in Porter where they confiscated 8-liner machines and $2,700.

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Centerville Woman Named Miss Texas

Updated: 07/09/2007 - She may come from a small town, but her beauty, poise and talent are as big as Texas. That's what the judges thought Sunday night when they named Centerville resident Molly Hazlett, 20, as this year's Miss Texas.

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Trial Begins for Accused Child Rapist

Updated: 07/09/2007 - Jury selection began Monday in Bryan for a Dallas-area man charged in a brutal attack on a Bryan toddler. Jerry Rangel faces several felony charges, including a count of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

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Fugitive Child Molester Back in U.S. Custody

Posted: 07/09/2007 - NEWARK, New Jersey (CNN) -- The most "far-flung and exotic fugitive investigation ever conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service" ended early Sunday with convicted child molester Alan Horowitz in custody on U.S. soil. Officers from the U.S. Marshals service arrested the 60-year-old at Newark Liberty International Airport after a 15-hour flight from New Delhi, India.

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Volunteers Hard at Work in the Midwest

Posted: 07/09/2007 - (AP) The spirit of volunteerism is thriving in the heartland, but not so much on the coasts. Minneapolis-St. Paul has highest rate, followed by Salt Lake City; Austin, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska, and Seattle.

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Ex-El Paso Official Pleads to Corruption

Posted: 07/09/2007 - EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A former El Paso County commissioner pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud for accepting bribes in exchange for votes, the latest plea in an ongoing public corruption investigation. In recent months, the FBI has raided the offices of El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos, two county commissioners and other local officials.

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Dual Language Programs in Texas Schools

Posted: 07/09/2007 - AUSTIN — Students trying to learn English and those who already speak the language are typically separated into different classrooms at most schools. But a dual language immersion program state lawmakers approved this session will pair those children together in an effort to help all of them become bilingual. The six-year pilot program will be tried out in up to 10 Texas public school districts and 30 campuses.

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Landscaper Killed After Rope Severs Arm

Posted: 07/09/2007 - WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a rope sharply snapped and severed the arm of a Wichita Falls landscaper who later died. Wichita Falls police say 47-year-old Alex Max Hutchison had been hired to help remove some shrubs from a lawn. In an effort to uproot one plant, workers tried pulling it out of the ground with a rope attached to a truck.

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