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Car Fire Yields Murder Investigation

Posted: 07/17/2006 - What started out as a car fire turned into a murder mystery in Montgomery County. Authorities received a call Saturday night of a burning vehicle in the woods near Glen Loch Road.

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Shelter Names Interim Director

Posted: 07/17/2006 - Leadership for the embattled Brazos Animal Shelter has started to take shape. Monday night the new board named an interim director, and filled the leadership positions on the board.

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Another Day, Another West Nile Case

Posted: 07/17/2006 - Last week we reported the rise in Brazos County West Nile cases. Monday, the trend continues. Health authorities say a blue jay collected Friday tested positive for West Nile.

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CS School, City Reps Rap about Growth

Posted: 07/17/2006 - For the first time in years, College Station's city council and school board met together. The special joint meeting didn't result in any resolutions or actions, but did accomplish a major goal -- an open dialogue.

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Woodlands, College Station Make Magazine Rankings

Posted: 07/17/2006 - A pair of Brazos Valley cities were highly ranked in Money Magazine's annual search for the best places to live in America. The Woodlands and College Station were heavily mentioned in the 2006 edition.

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Wal-Mart Gives Winnings to Food Bank

Posted: 07/17/2006 - A local retail giant is rolling back its winnings to the community. Bryan Super Wal-mart received $5,000 for winning a regional food drive campaign in March. On Monday, they turned around and gave that money back to the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

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CS Officers Promoted

Updated: 07/17/2006 - Three College Station police officers have received promotions. Sgt. Jeff Capps, Master Officer Kyle Patterson, and Master Officer Mike Pavelka were honored Monday during a reception at the College Station Police Department.

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Too Much Manilow

Posted: 07/17/2006 - Barry Manilow's music may be magic to some but not to everybody, as they're finding out in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. To chase away car enthusiasts who were gathering in a local park at nights on weekends, officials in Rockdale have been blasting songs by Manilow and Doris Day.

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M.D. Anderson Opens New Proton Therapy Center

Posted: 07/17/2006 - A new cancer treatment facility in Houston sounds like something out of science fiction. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is now using its 125 (M) million dollar Proton Therapy Center. It's the largest of the nation's four such facilities that treat cancer by narrowly targeting protons on tumors.

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Testimony Continues in the Yates Trial

Posted: 07/17/2006 - A forensic psychiatrist is set to testify for a third day today in Andrea Yates' second murder trial. Dr. Park Dietz is testifying for the prosecution during its rebuttal phase. He evaluated Yates more than four months after she drowned her five children in the bathtub in 2001.

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Aggie Astronaut Back Home After Shuttle Landing

Updated: 07/17/2006 - Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of six returned to Earth through thick clouds Monday, ending an impressive mission that put NASA's space program back on a solid, safer course.

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Two High-Profile Zoning Hearings This Week

Updated: 07/16/2006 - College Station City Council is hosting two public hearings this week focusing on two controversial rezoning proposals. The first hearing is Wednesday night. It focuses on a proposal to rezone an area near Sebesta Road. The other rezoning proposal is a request by developer Weingarten Realty.

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Israel, Hezbollah Trade More Rocket Attacks

Posted: 07/16/2006 - BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Israel has been lobbing missiles at targets across Lebanon. Fourteen deaths are reported. Eight of the dead are Lebanese soldiers who were killed when aircraft attacked a small fishing port in northernmost Lebanon.

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World Leaders Combine Forces to End Middle East Violence

Posted: 07/16/2006 - BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - There's a global push to keep the Mideast conflict from growing into a broader war. The UN, the European Union and Italy are pushing ahead with separate efforts to try to end the fighting between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah.

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Local Businessman Authors Book

Posted: 07/16/2006 - A local businessman has decided to share his love for America with the entire country. Ram Galindo, wasn't born an American but as he tells it, he was made into one and he's taken his story and made it into a book.

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State Cutbacks Could Jeopardize Texas Parks

Posted: 07/15/2006 - AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is warning that 18 state parks may close if lawmakers don't spare the agency from mandatory budget cuts ordered by Governor Rick Perry. Agency Director Robert Cook also hinted at the loss of 44 full-time jobs and $4 million in cutbacks at local parks

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Police Investigate Sonic Robbery

Posted: 07/15/2006 - Bryan Police are investigating an overnight robbery at the Sonic Drive-In on Briarcrest. It happened about 12:30 a.m., Saturday, as store employees were closing.

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Madisonville EDC Director to Head Brazos County Expo Center

Posted: 07/15/2006 - The executive director of Madisonville's economic development corporation is switching jobs and coming to Brazos County. Tom Quarles took the Madisonville EDC job in January, but soon found himself being courted by Brazos County to be the new director of exposition facilities

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Playhouses Mark Lighthearted Fundraiser for Serious Organization

Posted: 07/15/2006 - You might notice some "mini-houses" around town the next few weeks. Voices for Children is holding their Casa's For CASA fundraiser. The organization is selling tickets for a drawing where three custom-built playhouses will be given away.

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Fan Drive Keeps Brazos Cool

Posted: 07/15/2006 - Many of us don't consider air conditioning a luxury, but for those local residents living without it, it is. With the recent high temperatures living without A/C can be very dangerous, especially for seniors. But a group of nursing students from A&M worked Saturday to keep Brazos cool, literally.

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Local Spanish Radio Spreads to FM

Posted: 07/14/2006 - Fans of Spanish radio now have a second option for hearing their favorite tunes. Beginning Friday, Radio Alegria 1240 AM, can also be found on 101.9 FM.

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Construction Work Could Better Beck Street

Updated: 07/14/2006 - One street that has unfortunately developed a bad reputation for crime has seen some good news two decades in the making. For the last three months, construction crews have been busy with the extension of Beck Street, one that will take the road all the way out to 2818.

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Bryan Duo Busted With Stolen Goods

Posted: 07/14/2006 - Bryan Police also took down a pair of alleged burglars shortly after a theft attempt. Martin Vitela, 21, and Wilfredo Sanchez, 25, are charged with burglary of a habitation and evading arrest.

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West Nile Virus on the Rise

Posted: 07/14/2006 - The number of West Nile cases is well above where it was this time last year. So far nine mosquito tests have turned up positive, plus one bird. The Brazos County Health Department says positive cases are usually discovered in late July. The first case this year was discovered in June.

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Alleged Bryan Crack Dealer Arrested

Updated: 07/14/2006 - A Bryan man police have come to recognize is back in custody. Among other things, Erric Portis faces a felony charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.

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