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7-Eleven Drops Citgo

Posted: 09/28/2006 - After more than 20 years, Seven-Eleven dropped Venezuela-owned Citgo as its gasoline supplier. That comes as part of a previously announced plan by the convenience store operator to launch its own brand of fuel. Seven-Eleven officials say the decision was partly motivated by politics.

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Young Football Player Dies after Collapsing at Practice

Posted: 09/28/2006 - Galena Park school officials say a 12-year-old football player collapsed and died after a light training session with his school team. The seventh grader was the third football player in the Houston area to die in ten days.

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Sam Houston State University's Million Dollar Investment

Posted: 09/27/2006 - One million dollars are being allocated to a Navy research project being conducted at Sam Houston State University. The university's Intelligent Systems Consortium is a partnership with the United States Navy to conduct experiments to discover and develop cost effective techniques in building naval ships.

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Friedman Brings Ventura to A&M

Updated: 09/28/2006 - It's a four horse race for governor, and a longshot is closing fast. Author Kinky Friedman brought Jesse Ventura to Texas A&M Wednesday to encourage young voters. As the candidates come down the stretch, a first time racer is pushing to cross the line first.

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Another Woman Accuses Ex-Cadet of Assault

Updated: 09/27/2006 - A second woman has accused a former member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets of sexual assault. This comes on the second day of Elton Yarbrough's trial. Yarbrough is accused of attacking a fellow student while she was passed out from drinking.

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New Vehicle Tax To Go Into Effect

Updated: 09/28/2006 - Texas law is changing how to calculate the motor vehicle tax on private party purchases. Currently in the state, tax on vehicles purchased from an individual is calculated based on the actual sales price provided at the time of the title transfer.

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Escaped Montgomery County Inmate Captured

Updated: 09/28/2006 - The search is over for a Montgomery County inmate authorities say escaped custody early Wednesday morning. Adam Williams escaped from the Conroe Regional Hospital, where he had been since last Thursday.

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Former A&M Cadet on Trial for Rape

Posted: 09/27/2006 - The trial of a former Texas A&M cadet accused of raping a fellow student in November 2004 got underway Tuesday. According to police reports, the woman said Elton Yarbrough, 23, attacked her while she was passed out from drinking.

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Holiday Hiring Outlook Not Good

Posted: 09/27/2006 - People looking to pick up a little part-time work in the retail trades this holiday shopping season may be disappointed. One group says that because retailers may be expecting smaller sales gains than a year ago, they're likely to add the fewest number of extra workers possible without sacrificing customer service.

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Family Physician Shortage

Posted: 09/27/2006 - A doctors group expects a serious shortfall of family physicians in Texas and at least four other states by 2020. Population growth and rising numbers of elderly people in Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Texas and Idaho will make the need in those states most critical.

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Bus Driver Says No Time for Rest

Posted: 09/27/2006 - The driver of a bus that burst into flames and killed 23 nursing home residents fleeing Hurricane Rita is expected to testify Wednesday at the bus owner's trial. Pharr-based Global Limo and its owner, 67-year-old James Maples of McAllen, face a three-count federal indictment. It alleges conspiracy to falsify time records and failure to maintain inspection records.

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Terrell Owens Denies Suicide Attempt

Updated: 09/27/2006 - Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens says quote "there was no suicide attempt." He explained Wednesday afternoon that he mixed painkillers with supplements and became groggy.

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Fastow Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Posted: 09/27/2006 - During his sentencing, Andrew Fastow was far from the confident man who devised schemes to hide Enron's precarious finances and enrich himself. Instead, the former chief financial officer was remorseful. Through tears, Fastow said Tuesday he was ashamed of the harm he had caused.

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Local Law Enforcers Discuss Tourism Security

Posted: 09/26/2006 - Bryan Police joined fellow area law enforcers in one of a series of meetings on tourism security. Rabbi Peter Tarlow, an expert in travel and tourism, has been meeting officials from Bryan and College Station PD's and the Brazos County Sheriff's office.

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Homeland Security Money to Fund A&M Program

Updated: 10/28/2006 - Twenty-two million dollars is on the way to a Texas A&M System program for training state authorities. The US Homeland Security Appropriations Bill includes those funds for the system's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center.

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Bryan Council Makes Justice Center Cutbacks

Posted: 09/26/2006 - The Bryan city council made some choices to cut back on the cost of their justice center. It was just last month that the council voted to approve the low bid on the project, which came in well over budget.

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Big Game Means Big Bucks for Sam Houston

Updated: 09/26/2006 - The Sam Houston State football team will have their hands full this weekend when they take on the Texas Longhorns in Austin. While the outcome of the game isn't certain, one thing is: SHSU will make more than a quarter of a million dollars to play the game.

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Looks Matter

Updated: 09/26/2006 - Moms reassure their kids during their awkward teenage years by telling them looks don't matter. A number of people would more than likely agree, but research says good looks can offer advantages.

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Times Spotlights Twin Cities

Posted: 09/26/2006 - Bryan/College Station was recently mentioned in the New York Times for its unique charm. The article featured the top things to do in the twin cities in 36 hours or less.

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Bryan City Council Discusses Tax Freeze

Updated: 09/26/2006 - Bryan's city council has elected to take action on a possible property tax freeze. If passed, the ordinance would freeze property taxes on homes owned by Bryan senior citizens and the disabled. The item is tentatively scheduled for discussion at a council meeting during the second week of October.

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Brazos County Burn Ban Lifted

Posted: 09/26/2006 - Brazos County commissioners have lifted the burn ban. Commissioners made the decision Tuesday morning, citing substantial recent rains. However, the county is still close to drought levels, and residents are asked to take precautions while burning.

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Two New Human West Nile Cases Confirmed

Updated: 09/26/2006 - More human cases of West Nile have been confirmed in Brazos County. The health department said Tuesday that two new cases were positively identified by state tests.

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Possible Vote on Border Fence this Week

Posted: 09/26/2006 - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist set up a possible vote for late this week on a proposal to build a fence along part of the US-Mexico border. Frist made the procedural move late Monday despite shaky support among some senators within his own party.

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Teen Facing Deportation gets Green Card

Posted: 09/26/2006 - A teenager who begged not to be deported to China because human smugglers would kill him over a debt has been granted permanent residency in the United States. He has been fighting for asylum since his arrival in 2003. He says he's not wanted by his father because he is the family's second-born.

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Andrew Fastow to be Sentenced Today

Updated: 09/26/2006 - Former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow learns his fate Tuesday for his role in the energy giant's collapse. A federal judge in Houston is expected to sentence Fastow to ten years in prison, which is what Fastow agreed to when he pleaded guilty in 2004. The judge cannot increase Fastow's sentence but he can reduce it.

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