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No More TAKS for High Schoolers?

Posted: 04/20/2007 - Texas' standardized test would be history for high schoolers under a bill the Texas Senate has unanimously approved. The legislation would replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills with annual exams in four core subjects, English language arts, math, science and social studies. The end-of-course exams would be given to students in grades nine to eleven.

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OPAS' 35th Season Schedule Unveiled

Updated: 04/19/2007 - It's another exciting season of the arts on tap for MSC OPAS. In a half-hour special that aired Thursday evening on News 3, the new schedule for the 35th season was announced.

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Bryan Beams Over Signature Piece of Justice Center

Updated: 04/20/2007 - In a very literal sense, the signature piece of the frame of the new justice center in Bryan was put in place on Thursday. Construction crews welded a large beam within the frame of the new center.

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Eyeing Danger Signs Could Prevent Nightmare Scenarios

Updated: 04/20/2007 - Evidence shows Cho Seung-Hiu displayed signs of poor mental health prior to Monday's massacre, signs that should easily be spotted. Psychiatrist Christopher Colenda is the dean of medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center. He said alterations in characteristic norms can signal trouble.

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Local Hospitals: Staff Ready in Times of Mass Trauma

Updated: 04/20/2007 - In the wake of Monday's massacre at Virginia Tech, hospitals in that area were flooded with patients during a short amount of time. In the Brazos Valley, both the College Station Medical Center and St. Joseph Regional Health Center have emergency disaster plans in place, if a similar event were to occur.

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Former First Lady Celebrates with Junior League

Updated: 04/19/2007 - The Junior League of Bryan/College Station had more than one reason to celebrate Thursday afternoon. For starters, the league celebrated its 25th anniversary

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Ex-Youth Director Convicted of Sex with Teen

Posted: 04/19/2007 - Deliberations resume today in Fort Worth for an ex-church youth director convicted of having a sexual relationship with a minor girl. Thirty-two-year-old Jason Wamsley was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault of a child under 17, six counts of indecency with a child and one charge of an improper relationship between an educator and a student.

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Texas Senate OK's Homeland Security Bill

Posted: 04/19/2007 - The Texas Senate has approved a broad homeland security bill that expands wiretapping authorities to include cell phones. The wiretapping approval also would include investigations involving kidnapping, human trafficking and money laundering.

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A&M Studies Campus Security in Massacre's Wake

Updated: 04/20/2007 - Texas A&M is taking a proactive approach to campus security. Interim President Ed Davis announced the formation of a new Task Force on Campus Emergencies.

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Local Firefighters Take on Lifesaving Drills

Updated: 04/19/2007 - Firefighter's are quite often the first to arrive in times of emergency, and are often the last ones out. Just weeks ago a Houston firefighter was trapped in a high-rise building and almost didn't make it out.

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Bryan Candidates Make Their Voices Heard

Updated: 04/19/2007 - Candidates for Bryan City Council and the Bryan school board were given the opportunity to make their voices heard Wednesday evening. Topics ranged from education, to diversity, and the local economy.

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Caldwell Going Smoke-Free

Updated: 04/18/2007 - It is official--no smoking signs will be going up around Caldwell. The city council approved a no-smoking ordinance that goes into effect this summer.

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Should Guns Be Legal On College Campuses?

Updated: 04/20/2007 - The shooter in the Virginia Tech massacre bought the guns he used legally. Dave Burdett owner of Burdett and Son Outdoor Adventure Shop says Virginia gun laws could not have prevented what happened.

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B-CS Schools Ready for Campus Crisis

Updated: 04/18/2007 - Both the Bryan and College Station Independent School Districts say they are ready for an on-campus crisis. Bryan ISD officials say they have a crisis management plan. Staff frequently go over scenarios, and certain personnel are assigned to react in case of an emergency.

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Children Cope with Virginia Tech Massacre

Updated: 04/18/2007 - The Virginia Tech Shootings have raised questions among children. For most of them the massacre is the first during their lifetime. Now parents and teachers are faced with talking about something that is new and frightening.

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New Law Prompts New Position in Washington County

Updated: 04/18/2007 - The Washington County Commissioners created a new office of Elections Administrator Tuesday after county officials say the Help America Vote Act created problems for them with the election process.

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Police Search for Missing Buffalo Teen

Updated: 04/18/2007 - The Buffalo Police Department is asking for help in finding a missing Buffalo High School freshman. Police say Donna Gonzales, 15, was last seen March 31 around 2 p.m.

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Lay's Widow Lays Claim to Assets Government is Trying to Seize

Posted: 04/18/2007 - The widow of Enron's founder Kenneth Lay says she owns the assets the federal government is trying to seize. The assets are the target of a civil forfeiture action against her late husband's estate by the federal government. The government is trying to recover $12.7 million it claims were "proceeds of the fraud proven in the criminal case against Lay."

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Senate Deal Would Allow Execution for Child Predators

Posted: 04/18/2007 - A compromise bill in the state Senate would permit the death penalty for offenders who repeatedly prey on children. It would allow the death penalty only for those twice convicted of raping a child 13 or younger.

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CS's East Side Discusses Possible Traffic Options

Updated: 04/17/2007 - Talks on transportation continue on the east side of College Station. Planners and consultants with the city laid out a trio of potential plans for future transportation east of Highway 6.

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Aggies Reaching Out To Virginia Tech

Updated: 04/17/2007 - Across the nation flags are flying at half staff. It is one way to pay tribute to those killed in Monday shootings in Virginia. In Aggieland students reached out in other ways.

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Tax Day Produces Few Lines for Procrastinators

Updated: 04/17/2007 - Procrastinators who waited until Tuesday to file their tax returns, surprisingly faced short lines at the Bryan Post Office. Officials with the post office say they saw relatively small crowds throughout the early morning and afternoon hours.

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