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UT Student Goes on Trial for Murder

Posted: 01/22/2007 - The trial of a University of Texas student accused of killing and mutilating a 21-year-old woman is scheduled to begin Monday in Austin. Colton Pitonyak is accused of killing Jennifer Cave in August 2005. Police say he left her partially dismembered body in his campus-area apartment and then fled to Mexico.

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Trio Arrested After Two County Pursuit

Updated: 01/22/2007 - Three Gatesville residents face charges in Burleson County after leading authorities on a high-speed chase through two counties Sunday. It started in Somerville when the trio allegedly left a gas station without paying for their fuel.

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Strope Leaving Bryan PD in February

Updated: 01/22/2007 - As the search continues for the next Bryan Police Chief, the city now has to find an interim replacement for Mike Strope. Strope officially retired last July, but agreed to stay on until a permanent replacement could be found. Now Strope has informed the city he will fully retire as of February 25, leaving Bryan city officials looking for a temporary replacement.

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Red Light Cameras, Economic Incentives on Bryan Council Agenda

Posted: 01/21/2007 - Both the cities of Bryan and College Station are moving closer to the installation of red light cameras at high-traffic intersections. And Bryan City Council is on the receiving end of a presentation this week. In other business, Bryan City Council will also consider an economic incentive package for an Illinois company wanting to build in the city.

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Four Arrested in Bryan Drug Bust

Updated: 01/22/2007 - Four Bryan men face felony drug charges after a bust Saturday night at a Bryan motel. College Station police officers and Brazos County deputies made the bust at the Brazos Inn as part of an-going investigation.

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Church Members Have Reason to Sing Praise

Updated: 01/22/2007 - The members of the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church have spent the last several months conducting church services wherever possible, anywhere from Bryan High to a local recreation center, while their church was being renovated.

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Police Chief Killed; Drunk Driver Charged

Posted: 01/20/2007 - A Wharton construction worker with four previous drunken driving convictions has been charged with felony murder. Guillarmo Paniagua is accused of being drunk and then fleeing the scene of a crash in which a police chief died.

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Horse Slaughter in Texas Ruled Illegal

Posted: 01/20/2007 - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has ruled that horse slaughter is illegal in Texas. The state is home to two of the nation's three processing plants.

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Protest Acknowledges Roe v. Wade Anniversary

Updated: 01/21/2007 - A cold and dreary day met abortion protestors, and the organizers of the event said it was appropriate. Pro-life supporters gathered Saturday morning in front of the local Planned Parenthood location to protest abortion in advance of the Roe v. Wade anniversary.

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Tigers Teach Team Spirit

Updated: 01/21/2007 - Future Brazos Valley cheerleaders learned the proper way to show team spirit. A&M Consolidated Tiger Cheerleaders held a Li'l Tiger Cheer Clinic on Saturday.

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Annual Conference Concludes

Updated: 01/21/2007 - The Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference wrapped up events on Saturday at Texas A&M. Despite the weather the conference kicked off on Thursday.

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Aiming For Top Placement

Updated: 01/21/2007 - College Station hosted some of Texas' best archers. Close to 70 of the top junior archers began competing against each on Friday.

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Homeland Security Effort May Get New Partners

Posted: 01/19/2007 - A local group pursuing a $40 million emergency radio network could have a couple of new teammates. Brenham and Washington County have expressed interest in joining the Brazos County delegation spear-heading the effort.

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Texas A&M Improving The Taste In Space

Updated: 01/19/2007 - On Friday officials at Texas A&M announced the university will help astronauts to have more choices at dinner time in space. A&M teamed up with Wyle Laboratories and the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) to produce ready-to-eat foods.

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Family's Search For Justice Goes National

Updated: 01/20/2007 - Wanda McGill and her family have be re-adjusting to life without one of their family members. In September of 2002, Matthew McGill was driving back home on FM 2154 when a driver flipped their vehicle and came into his lane.

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Walking Tall: West Nile-Stricken Sergeant Goes Home

Updated: 01/19/2007 - Nearly six months ago, Donnie Manry made headlines, not only for contracting the West Nile Virus and becoming paralyzed from the waist down, but also for his determination in the face of adversity. Friday, the Bryan Police officer finally went home.

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Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation

Posted: 01/19/2007 - A gas leak near Franklin forced the evacuation of a handful of area residents on Friday. According to Robertson County officials, gas began spewing from a Conoco Phillips natural gas well.

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Fire Awakes Madisonville Family

Updated: 01/19/2007 - A Madisonville family was displaced early Friday morning after their home caught fire. According to fire officials, the fire began in the garage of the home on Eastridge Lane at approximately 2:30 a.m.

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Confederacy Controversy in Austin

Posted: 01/19/2007 - The Confederacy is creating a stir this week in Texas government. Rocker Ted Nugent on Tuesday wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag on stage at Governor Rick Perry's inaugural ball.

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Gates Back in Iraq

Posted: 01/19/2007 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Iraq, for the second time in less than a month. He arrived with no advance public announcement in the southern city of Basra this morning to talk to allied military commanders, including the British. Britain has some seven-thousand soldiers in the Basra area but plans to send a lot of them home this year.

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Study Links Houston Pollution and Child Cancer Risk

Posted: 01/19/2007 - A new study finds cancer risks are greater for children who live close to the Houston Ship Channel and adjacent industrial plants. The 18-month study examined Harris County cancer cases from 1995 to 2003 and emissions including 1,3-butadiene and benzene. It's the first study to identify a possible link between cancer risks and toxic air pollution in Harris County.

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White Announces Bid for College Station Mayor

Updated: 01/18/2007 - The College Station mayor's race has its first contestant. Mayor Pro Tem Ben White announced his candidacy for the top job Thursday. He says he made the decision after listening to concerned citizens, discussing it with his family and much prayer.

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Quick Recovery For Boy Shot By BB

Posted: 01/18/2007 - A Magnolia boy who was accidentally shot in the eye with a BB gun continues to make a remarkable recovery. The 11 year old was shooting with his older brother the day after Christmas when an errant shot ricocheted into his eye.

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Bryan Street Under Construction Now Under Slush

Updated: 01/19/2007 - Days worth of wintry weather has left roads messy in the area. Officials say it will take days, if not weeks, until the clean-up is truly complete. That's certainly the case on Westwood Main in Bryan between Lorito Circle and Gabbard Road.

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Verdict Changed Yet Again in College Station Murder

Updated: 01/19/2007 - In April 2003, Roger Russell was arrested and charged with the murder of James Davidson. Russell was found guilty in 2004, but just two months ago, an appeals court voided that verdict. Now, Russell is guilty again after that same appeals court changed its mind.

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