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South Dakota Execution of Texan Postponed

Posted: 08/30/2006 - A Texas man on South Dakota's death row had his execution postponed while lawmakers review the state's law. Elijah Page, of Athens, Texas, had asked to be put to death for a grisly torture slaying that would have made his South Dakota's first execution in decades.

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AT&T Credit Hacking

Posted: 08/30/2006 - Law enforcement is working to determine how hackers accessed a computer system and stole credit card information and other data from thousands of AT&T DSL equipment customers. The company says the system of the online Web store was hacked into over the weekend and the files of fewer than 19-thousand customers were affected.

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Principal Comments on Black Students' Test Scores

Posted: 08/30/2006 - A high school principal who singled out black students' poor test scores over the school's intercom system is leaving her position. She said black students who failed math on the state's accountability test had caused the school to be rated unacceptable.

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Drought Assistance: Not Enough

Posted: 08/30/2006 - Texas agriculture groups say that nearly 800 (m) million in federal assistance for farmers and ranchers devastated by drought is not nearly enough. Most of it, says Roger Haldenby of the Plains Cotton Growers, isn't new money to help farmers. The dollars are what cotton producers and grain sorghum and peanuts farmers would receive in subsidy payments in October.

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Harris County Appeals Decision on Bible Removal

Posted: 08/30/2006 - Harris County wants the entire Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals to review a decision barring the Bible from a monument in front of a courts building. The Harris County Attorney's Office made the request Tuesday in response to a ruling earlier this month by a three-judge panel of the appeals court. The panel upheld a judge's 2004 decision that the display violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

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CS Looking For Senior Input

Updated: 08/30/2006 - College Station is looking for input on a proposed $4 million senior center. It would then be included in a bond election in 2008. Wednesday is the first of three public meetings on the project.

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Woman Arrested After Car Chase

Updated: 08/29/2006 - A Bryan woman was arrested Tuesday after leading authorities on a high-speed chase through two counties, authorities said. Rhonda Thurman, 30, was charged with auto theft, driving while intoxicated and evading arrest.

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Katrina, One Year Later

Updated: 08/29/2006 - It has been one year since Hurricane Katrina crashed into New Orleans. And while the Army Corps of Engineers says it has almost completely restored the levees to pre-Katrina levels, there is still concern they may not withstand a hurricane.

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One Month of Talks, Zero Bryan City Managers

Updated: 08/29/2006 - After a month of discussion, there is still no decision in the search for Bryan's new city manager. The city council met in executive session for about an hour-and-a-half Tuesday afternoon and decided they needed still more time to talk things over.

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Hutchison Not Planning on September Debate

Posted: 08/29/2006 - The two challengers to Republican incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchison's US Senate seat have committed to a September debate. But there's no RSVP from Hutchison yet.

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Wal-Mart Settles Suit with Parents of Murdered Clerk

Posted: 08/29/2006 - Wal-Mart has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a 19-year-old store clerk who was abducted, raped and killed following her night shift. The parents of Megan LeAnn Holden say the terms of the settlement are confidential.

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Fugitive Polygamist Arrested

Posted: 08/29/2006 - A polygamist Mormon sect leader who was on the FBI's Most Wanted List has been arrested and faces sexual misconduct charges for allegedly arranging marriages between underage girls and older men, authorities said Tuesday.

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College Student with Dynamite on Plane Granted Bond

Posted: 08/29/2006 - The parents of a 21-year-old college student who faces a charge of carrying an explosive aboard an aircraft have posted his 75-thousand dollar bond in Houston. Howard MacFarland Fish was granted bond Monday. He is a junior at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.

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More Tulia Sting Defendants Could Get Money from Texas

Posted: 08/29/2006 - At least one defendant in the discredited 1999 Tulia drug busts has received money from the state for wrongful imprisonment. A West Texas attorney representing 18 others expects more to receive money.

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Survivors Mark the Anniversary of Katrina

Updated: 08/29/2006 - A year after one of the worst natural disasters in US history, what's left of the population of New Orleans turns its attention to rituals of mourning and celebrations of life. In pockmarked neighborhoods choked with weeds, in church pews and at City Hall, residents will gather Tuesday for vigils marking the day one year ago when Hurricane Katrina slammed them.

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CSPD: Hotel Robberies Likely Connected

Updated: 08/29/2006 - Three strikes, and a College Station armed robber is still out. Authorities are continuing their search for a six-foot tall black male, a man who has masked himself while taking money from hotels.

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Acting No More: Coulson Becomes CSISD Super

Updated: 08/29/2006 - It's been all but inevitable for Eddie Coulson, but tonight, it became official. Tuesday night, the school board unanimously voted for Coulson to become the district's superintendent, a role he's acting in for the past few weeks.

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Local Resident Remembers Katrina

Updated: 08/28/2006 - Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The storm left hundreds dead and thousands homeless. Close to 2,000 evacuees are still living in the Brazos Valley.

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Bryan's Comprehensive Plan Up for Discussion

Updated: 08/29/2006 - Bryan residents have a couple chances to sound off on the city's direction. Tuesday and Wednesday, the first draft of the city's comprehensive plan will be up for discussion.

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Some CS Water to Run Dry for Repairs

Updated: 08/28/2006 - Some College Station residents won't have water for part of the day Tuesday. It will be shut off starting at 10 a.m. in the 800 block of Marion Pugh and the 100 block of Holleman Drive West.

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Missing Bryan Man Found Jailed in Austin Area

Updated: 08/28/2006 - There is an odd end to the case of a Bryan man missing since early August. Local authorities have tracked down Filiberto Espinoza, who has been sitting in Travis County jail since August 6, the day he was first reported missing.

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Repeat Offender Sentenced to 75 Years

Updated: 08/28/2006 - A Brazos County jury gave a Dallas man a stiff sentence Monday for dealing drugs. Larry Allen, 49, was sentenced to 75 years in prison for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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Police: Alcohol Not Likely a Factor in Student Death

Updated: 08/28/2006 - It does not appear alcohol played a factor in the weekend death of a Texas A&M student run over by a train, according to College Station police. Police say that finding is based on information from witnesses.

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Texas Task Force 1 Deploys in Advance of Ernesto

Updated: 08/28/2006 - Texas Task Force 1, the College Station-based urban search and rescue team has been activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in anticipation of Tropical Storm Ernesto. Task Force members from throughout the state arrived in College Station Monday morning for processing.

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JonBenet Suspect Won't Be Charged

Posted: 08/28/2006 - John Mark Karr awaited his first court appearance in Colorado on Monday as a TV station reported that prosecutors decided not to bring charges against him in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey because his DNA failed to match genetic material on the 6-year-old girl's body.

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