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Dining Out, Not on the Menu

Updated: 08/22/2006 - Americans love affair with eating out is on the decline. Increased competition and high gas prices are contributing to slumping sales across the country and right here at home.

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Brazos County Budget Hearings Scheduled

Updated: 08/22/2006 - Brazos County commissioners approved the proposed budget Tuesday for fiscal year 2007 and set the budget hearings. The proposed budget has gone up 2 percent from last year. The public hearing regarding the budget is set for September 9 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners courtroom.

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Brazos County Commissioners Appoint Advisory Election Group

Updated: 08/22/2006 - Brazos County commissioners are fulfilling an agreement crafted by the Department of Justice regarding elections. Back in June, the DOJ was concerned with the Brazos County voting system, saying Spanish speaking voters in Brazos County didn't have access to bilingual election workers during the last round of elections.

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Drive-By Shooting Trial Underway

Updated: 08/22/2006 - The trial of a teenager accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting started Tuesday in a Brazos County courtroom. Opening statements were read and witness testimony will continue Wednesday.

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Police Crack Down on Noise Violators

Updated: 08/22/2006 - As college students return to campus, so does the noise. Local police say noise violations increase during the school year, and they say the violations don't go unnoticed and won't go un-policed.

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Driver Hits Power Pole Along Highway 6

Updated: 08/22/2006 - A portion of Highway 6 was shut down for about an hour after a car struck a power pole. It happened around 1pm in the southbound portion of 6 near the OSR exit near the Brazos-Robertson County line.

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Illegal Immigrant Crackdown

Posted: 08/22/2006 - Farmers Branch Mayor Bob Phelps says council members will eventually take action on proposals that would make it tougher for illegal immigrants to live and work in the city. However, it was unclear after a meeting Monday night if and when the City Council would discuss passing a strict illegal immigration ordinance.

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Grimes County Crash Kills Huntsville Woman

Updated: 08/22/2006 - A Huntsville woman is dead following a head-on collision Monday evening on Highway 30. The accident happened just after 5:15 p.m. about three miles east of Shiro in Grimes County.

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Rains Flood Streets and Homes in Amarillo

Posted: 08/22/2006 - Strong thunderstorms inundated parts of Amarillo --- flooding streets and stranding cars. Jose Garcia, chief meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Amarillo, says water was at least 2 feet high in some areas.

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Mexico-Border Slayings

Posted: 08/22/2006 - Investigators have arrested another man they say may be linked to series of murders in the Mexican border city of Juarez. Granados de la Paz and a man arrested in Denver last week are suspected of involvement in the rape and killings of young Mexican women in 2001.

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Brazos Animal Shelter Board Makes Changes

Posted: 08/22/2006 - The new Brazos Animal Shelter board is in place and taking action. The board has elected to close the Animal Shelter Thrift Store, post job openings for a full-time bookkeeper and an executive director, and eventually start looking for a new shelter location.

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Boy Accused of Killing Father is on Trial

Posted: 08/22/2006 - A 12-year-old boy accused of killing his father by shooting him in the back is on trial this week in Houston. The judge closed the trial to the public to protect the boy's interests. Investigators say the boy was 10 when he shot his father, Dr. Rick Lohstroh, through the back of the driver's seat.

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Drowsy Driving Kills One in Robertson County

Updated: 08/22/2006 - A Pflugerville man is dead following a one car rollover Tuesday morning near Hearne in Robertson County. The accident happened just before 6 a.m. three miles south of Hearne.

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CSPD Believes They Need A Few New Cops

Updated: 08/22/2006 - Their crime rate is fairly low, but College Station PD says they need more officers. As budget talks in the city continue, the department has once again brought up concerns of being short-handed, and one of their main rationales in asking for more: the need to be proactive.

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Some Somerville Water Doesn't Meet Standards

Posted: 08/21/2006 - A pair of water wells in Somerville have exceeded the state standards for TTHMs, an organic compound formed when chlorine reacts to naturally-occuring organic matter.

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Life After The Fire

Updated: 08/21/2006 - Residents and staff of the Twin City Mission, Bryan/College Station's only homeless shelter, spent Monday picking up the pieces and trying to get things back to normal, after a fire Sunday destroyed their office and home.

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Packing Away Pizza for Charity

Updated: 08/21/2006 - It was a battle of the bellies between the twin cities Monday, and it was all for a good cause. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Boston's Pizza Aggieland on University Drive, Bryan and College Station councilmembers competed in a pizza eating contest.

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Toddler Ejected in Bryan Accident

Updated: 08/21/2006 - A Bryan toddler escaped with minor injuries after being thrown from a vehicle in her car seat Monday morning. The accident happened around 7:40 a.m. on Highway 47 in Bryan.

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Farmers Branch to Discuss Illegal Immigration

Posted: 08/21/2006 - A city councilman wants to make it tougher for illegal immigrants to live and work in Farmers Branch. But some of the measures he wants to adopt are making others nervous.

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Jury Selection Underway in Drive-By Shooting Trial

Updated: 08/21/2006 - Jury selection started Monday in the trial of a teenager accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting. Frankie Bell is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Dell Woes

Posted: 08/21/2006 - Analysts say Dell still has the ingredients for success -- but desperately needs some adjustments. It wasn't too long ago when Dell was riding high on the success of its patented direct-sales model to consumers and businesses.

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West Texas Wildfires Continue to Burn

Posted: 08/21/2006 - Wildfires have consumed about 75-hundred acres across Palo Pinto and Stephens counties. Drought-parched grass and wind gusts have kept crews of volunteer firefighters and teams of aerial support working almost round-the-clock in the area, about 85 miles west of Fort Worth.

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Texas Men Remained Jail in Cell Phone Case

Posted: 08/21/2006 - Three Texas men facing federal conspiracy and money laundering charges after purchasing dozens of prepaid cell phones could soon be out of jail. The Palestinian-American men were arrested August 11th at a Wal-Mart store in Caro, north of Detroit. They were accused of terrorism related charges but a Tuscola County judge dismissed state terrorism charges against them.

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Twin City Mission Shelter Destroyed By Fire

Updated: 08/21/2006 - Fire investigators have not determined what caused a fire Sunday morning that destroyed a Twin City Mission shelter in downtown Bryan. The fire broke out about 7:30 am and although nothing is definite, the Bryan Fire Department believes the fire started on the second floor.

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