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Weekend KBTX Programming Notes

Updated: 10/06/2006 - CBS has cleared KBTX to re-broadcast the episode of "NCIS" that did not air Tuesday because of the widespread power failure. The episode will air Friday evening at approximately 1:10 a.m. following the "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

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Families Criticize CHIP Renewal Process

Posted: 10/06/2006 - Texas needs to ensure it helps parents track renewal applications to the state's low-cost health insurance program for children. The state also needs to improve the way a private contractor handles incomplete files for CHIP enrollment. That's according to a study by a children's health-policy institute at the University of Florida.

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Border Cameras

Posted: 10/06/2006 - Governor Rick Perry has touted his plan to let anyone with Internet access report crime along the Texas-Mexico border by watching surveillance camera feeds. But three months later, the virtual border watch program is still not online.

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Researchers Say Texas Inflates Graduation Rates

Posted: 10/06/2006 - Researchers say Texas is in the middle of a graduation crisis, with one out of three students failing to finish high school. The study says the problem is worse than people thought because Texas grossly inflates its high school graduation numbers. But, state officials are standing by those numbers.

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Creek Drained to Keep West Nile Out

Posted: 10/05/2006 - A somewhat controversial creek in south College Station is getting a mini face lift. Early in September, we told you about a group of condo owners who were worried the creek behind their complex on Longmire was a West Nile breeding ground.

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Fewer Family Doctors Being Seen

Posted: 10/05/2006 - Many people grew up with a family doctor. But the number of medical students choosing family medicine is on the decline. So why are physicians in training are steering clear of this time-honored specialty?

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Councilman's Son Indicted Again

Posted: 10/05/2006 - The son of a Bryan city councilman will have to answer new charges about a familiar subject. Joe Marin III was indicted Thursday for evading arrest stemming from a July 26 chase.

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Helicopters Set to Check BTU Power Lines

Posted: 10/05/2006 - In order to check all the BTU power lines, helicopters will be flying low Friday and Saturday morning. The survey choppers will start about 8 a.m. and fly until dinnertime.

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Vigil Held for Domestic Violence Victims

Posted: 10/05/2006 - Area residents took time out to remember victims of domestic violence. The 11th annual candlelight vigil was put on by the Brazos Valley Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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Local Officials Hope 55 Saves Lives

Posted: 10/05/2006 - Drivers be warned -- a dangerous road has some new rules. Thursday afternoon, local officials unveiled the changes, most notably, a 55 mile-per-hour speed limit from FM 159 to the Navasota River.

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Racers Rally At Lake Bryan

Updated: 10/05/2006 - More than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate in this year's BTU Power Pedal Races. In addition to blazing some of the most challenging trails in the Brazos Valley, racers will also have a chance to compete for several prizes.

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Businesses Scrambling After Power Outage

Updated: 10/05/2006 - The restoration of power to roughly 86,000 customers Tuesday night did not leave everyone completely satisfied. For many area residents the outage not only knocked out power, but damaged appliances and left some in the heat. Now, area businesses are scrambling to make repairs.

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$20 Million to Celebrate

Posted: 10/05/2006 - Congress has set aside 20 (m) million-dollars for the "commemoration of success" in Iraq and Afghanistan. The money is in this year's defense spending bill. It was also included in last year's budget but went unspent as violence in Iraq and Afghanistan surged.

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Side Air Bags and Safety

Posted: 10/05/2006 - A study by the insurance industry finds that driver deaths in side-impact collisions dropped by more than half in SUV's equipped with head-protecting side air bags. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that side air bags could save the lives of about two-thousand drivers a year if every vehicle on the road had them.

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Lyons Accident Under Investigation

Posted: 10/05/2006 - The name of the driver killed in Tuesday's 18-wheeler accident in Lyons has been released. The Department of Public Safety says Joe Smith, 28, of Gainsville was delivering milk when he lost control of his vehicle.

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Poll Shows Perry's in the Lead

Posted: 10/05/2006 - A newspaper poll shows Republican Governor Rick Perry leading in the upcoming election with slightly more than one-third of Texans saying they'll vote for him. The statewide poll conducted for The Dallas Morning News found that 38 percent of likely voters back Perry's re-election in the November 7th election.

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The Good Of Rolling Blackouts

Updated: 10/05/2006 - Most of the Brazos Valley was affected by Tuesday's blackout. Some customers had power back on within minutes of the initial blackout, but they too would spend some time in the dark.

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Community Mourns Loss of Attorney

Posted: 10/04/2006 - Many in the community are expressing shock and sadness over the tragic death of local attorney Sam Rowland. Rowland, 72, died Tuesday after being struck by a garage door at his Bryan home.

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Emergency Response Vehicle Visits Brazos Valley

Updated: 02/05/2007 - Since 2001, whenever a natural disaster occurs, the Emergency Communications Response Vehicle or ECRV is always close by.The first prototype for the vehicle was used in the aftermath of 911, since then eight other vehicles have been created to aid in disaster response.

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Students Get A Lesson In Pizza

Updated: 10/04/2006 - Area students got a lesson in agriculture production courtesy of "pizza slices" during Monday's Brazos County Pizza Ranch at Texas A&M University. The Ag Extension Office sponsors the program which uses the making of a pizza as a way to teach students about the importance of agriculture.

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Local Company to Lay Off Workers

Updated: 10/04/2006 - The Agency Management Services office in College Station is laying off more than 60 workers as the company relocates some of its operations to Washington State.

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Edwards Offers Negative Campaign Truce; Taylor Declines

Updated: 10/05/2006 - In an interview with News 3, Democratic Congressman Chet Edwards made an offer to Republican candidate Van Taylor to end the negative political ad campaigning. The Taylor campaign has chosen not to, comparing Edwards to "a school yard bully."

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Fog Plays Role in Crash

Posted: 10/04/2006 - Wednesday morning's heavy fog likely played a factor in a chain reaction accident, according to the Department of Public Safety. The accident happened just after 6 a.m. at Highway 6 and FM 2154.

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Rabid Bat At SHSU

Posted: 10/04/2006 - An unwelcome intruder at Sam Houston State University in September, turned out to be infected with rabies. A bat flew into the Bearkat Village Apartments on September 28.

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