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Babysitter Pleads Guilty

Updated: 12/21/2006 - A Bryan resident will spend a year in jail for her role in the death of a Neal Elementary School student. Wednesday, Cynthia Ann Wright, 46, pleaded guilty to injury to a child due to criminal negligence.

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Where to Land?

Posted: 12/21/2006 - NASA managers have options, but none of them is ideal as they consider where to land the space shuttle Friday. The forecast calls for low clouds and showers at Kennedy Space Center, the primary site. Crosswinds are expected at the main back-up site at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The weather looks good at a seldom-used back up site in New Mexico, but that creates logistical headaches.

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Texas AG Sues Chemical Company over Pollution

Posted: 12/21/2006 - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is suing a Houston chemical company and two of its subsidiaries -- accusing them of releasing harmful pollutants into the air. Officials with Lyondell Chemical denied the accusations. According to the lawsuit, four chemical plants run by Lyondell and subsidiaries Equistar Chemicals and Millennium Petrochemicals released unauthorized harmful emissions.

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Governor Grants Pardons

Posted: 12/21/2006 - Governor Rick Perry has granted a full pardon to a Dallas man who served 22 years in prison for a sexual assault he did not commit. DNA testing proved the innocence of Billy Wayne Miller and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had recommended his case for clemency.

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OPAS Still On for Fall 2007, Just Not in Rudder

Updated: 12/21/2006 - The rumor mill has be churning concerning the Fall 2007 season for MSC OPAS. The Rudder facilities on the A&M campus will undergo major renovations from June through the end of 2007. So what does that mean for fans of the arts?

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Blood For Christmas

Updated: 02/05/2007 - Christmas may be a time for giving, but that's not necessarily the case with blood donations. Blood collected by the Red Cross is used to supply hospitals around the country, including local ones like St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

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Real vs. Fake

Updated: 12/20/2006 - It's become a recent holiday dilemma, whether to purchase an artificial or a real Christmas tree. Previous studies have suggested that artificial trees trump real tree sales. However, real trees locally haven't been suffering.

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Locals React to Possible Military Increase

Updated: 12/20/2006 - President Bush has called for an overall increase of the Army and Marines to fight global terror and he's asked new Defense Secretary Robert Gates to come up with a plan to make that happen. Local residents have mixed reactions to the potential increase.

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Report: Light May Be at Fault in Maryland Plane Crash

Updated: 12/20/2006 - The preliminary report on the Maryland plane crash that killed two local residents is in. According to the initial findings, witnesses who arrived on the scene shortly after the December 9 crash said an obstruction light in place to indicate tall trees near the airport was not illuminated.

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Search Efforts End for Missing Oregon Climbers

Updated: 12/20/2006 - Hood River County Sheriff Joe Wampler is now calling the search for two missing climbers a "recovery effort." Wampler says effort to find the two missing climbers alive on Mount Hood is over.

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Gates Makes Iraq Trip in Third Day on the Job

Updated: 12/20/2006 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he's discussed the idea of boosting US troop levels in Iraq with US commanders there, but no decision has been made.

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Free Tuition for Some UT Tyler Students

Posted: 12/20/2006 - The University of Texas at Tyler plans to waive tuition for students whose families make less than 25-thousand dollars annually. The program will begin in the fall 2007 semester.

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Sony BMG to Pay in Texas and California

Posted: 12/20/2006 - Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay one and one-half (m) million dollars and kick in potentially thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over CD's with built-in anti-piracy software. The settlements announced Tuesday pertain to lawsuits over CD's loaded with one of two types of copy-protection software -- MediaMax or XCP.

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Workers Dismissed after Praying at Employee's Cubicle

Posted: 12/20/2006 - Two former employees of the University of Texas at Arlington allege they were fired after praying over another staffer's cubicle and anointing it with olive oil. The suit claims a male worker told them about problems he was having with another employee. The two women and the man stayed after work to pray for the employee.

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Surge of Troops Into Iraq Being Discussed

Updated: 12/20/2006 - The White House acknowledges it's considering a temporary "surge" of US troops in Iraq, but denies a split with the Joint Chiefs over the idea. Press Secretary Tony Snow says a short-term boost in troop strength is among a number of ideas President Bush is looking at.

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Employee Assaulted in Restaurant Robbery

Posted: 12/19/2006 - For the second day in a row, a suspect's actions turned a minor crime into a major one. Tuesday's incident took place at the College Station Kettle shortly before 3:30 p.m.

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Aggie Miss USA Reacts to Current Controversy

Updated: 12/19/2006 - Miss USA will keep her crown after all. Pageant co-owner Donald Trump allowed Tara Conner to retain her title despite reports of heavy drinking while being underage. Miss USA 2001, A&M grad and former KBTX reporter Kandace Krueger said Trump made the right choice.

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Presidential Search Committee Postponed

Posted: 12/19/2006 - Naming an interim president to lead Texas A&M University was a quick process. However a small holiday bump in the road, may delay the start of the search for a full time president.

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Real Estate Company Headed Out of Town?

Updated: 12/19/2006 - Equipped with a national reputation and the building resources to match, D.R. Horton entered the Bryan-College Station real estate market earlier this year. But it seems all of that may not be enough for the homebuilder to compete locally.

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Receiving More To Give More

Updated: 12/19/2006 - Instead of giving the Brazos Valley food bank was on the receiving end of a generous gift. The food bank was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Beaumont Foundation of America.

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Suspects Wanted in Home Invasion

Updated: 12/19/2006 - Some Walker County residents got the fright of their lives when three strangers invaded their home over the weekend.Authorities are now trying to track down the trio.

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Flu Vaccines Going Unused

Updated: 12/19/2006 - After two years of flu vaccine shortages, experts say millions of doses might go unused this year. Vaccines were delivered late in some areas, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has people forgetting to get the shot.

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Baby Jesus Takes a Trip

Posted: 12/19/2006 - A statue of the baby Jesus is back where it's supposed to be this Christmas -- in John and Joan Leising's yard in Buffalo, New York. The statue was taken from the Leising's lighted manger last Christmas, and a note said it would be returned in three days. It was returned eight months later, with a photo album.

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Houston-area Rapist Targeting Young Men

Posted: 12/19/2006 - A rapist in the Houston area is preying on young men. Five cases have been reported, but police believe there could be even more victims who may be too ashamed to come forward.

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FEMA to Restart Katrina Housing Program

Posted: 12/19/2006 - FEMA is going to restart a housing program for Hurricane Katrina victims in Texas this week. The agency will also start working on letters to explain to families why their housing assistance was cut off this past summer.

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