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Man Freed after 12 Years in Prison

Posted: 09/20/2006 - A man granted a new trial after serving 12 years in prison is now free after the murder charge against him was dropped. Alejandro "Alex" Hernandez was convicted of stabbing and beating to death a homeless man with a steering column lock in 1994.

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Border Agent Accused of Letting Drugs Pass

Posted: 09/20/2006 - A 21-year veteran of the Border Patrol has been arrested on charges that he accepted bribes to allow drugs through a border checkpoint. Federal investigators accuse the 47-year-old of accepting payments to allow cocaine and marijuana through a checkpoint where he was stationed in El Paso County, according to a criminal complaint.

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Six Inmates Sought after South Texas Jailbreak

Posted: 09/20/2006 - Authorities are searching for six federal inmates who escaped a South Texas jail by overpowering a guard and cutting through at least four fences. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says the six men escaped at about 11:30 Tuesday night from the East Hidalgo Detention Center.

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Students Get Closer Look at E-Voting

Updated: 10/28/2006 - Texans are getting equipped to cast their votes this November. Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams was at Texas A&M Tuesday, urging the future leaders of Texas to help him mold a better generation of Texas voters.

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Milestone For The Med

Updated: 09/20/2006 - Less than twelve months after opening the area's first level three neonatal care unit, the one hundreth baby to need the facility was delivered at The College Station Medical Center.

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Bring Your Bucks: Expo Center's Costs Approved

Updated: 09/20/2006 - Prices have been posted for the Brazos County Expo Center. Tuesday evening, commissioners approved the costs for renting the facility, which has been under construction for four months.

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Teen Accused of Sexual Assaults

Updated: 09/20/2006 - Allegations have surfaced surrounding a 13-year-old boy in Washington County. Authorities believe he molested as many as 10 victims under the age of 10. Friday Washington County Judge, Matthew Reue, released the boy from custody, and now the alleged victims' families are speaking out in disapproval of the judge's decision.

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Meeting Set to Discuss Highway 6 Safety

Updated: 09/20/2006 - On Friday, officials from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will meet to discuss driving safety on Highway 6 in south Brazos County. The meeting comes after the latest accident on that road, the six-car accident that killed four. What may be one of the lone options would be to lower the speed limit 10 miles per hour.

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Watkins Accepts Bryan City Manager Job

Updated: 09/19/2006 - Bryan officially has a new city manager. David Watkins has accepted the city's offer to head up the staff. His first day on the job will come October 30.

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Students Kick Off Fundraising Campaign

Updated: 09/19/2006 - Hundreds of high school students geared up for another year of fundraising for the United Way Tuesday. The United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet held its 7th annual Youth Leadership Day.

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The American Dream

Posted: 09/19/2006 - It's never too late to become an American. A 99-year-old woman from Ecuador became a US citizen and received best wishes and flowers from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

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Funeral Scheduled for Navasota Student

Posted: 09/19/2006 - Funeral Arrangements have been made for an 11-year-old Navasota girl killed in a weekend car accident. Taylor Meschke's funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Navasota.

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DPS Troopers in Trouble

Posted: 09/19/2006 - More than half of Bowie County's Department of Public Safety troopers have been suspended or fired over the last two weeks. A DPS spokesman confirmed suspensions, firings and trooper appeals, saying the disciplinary action resulted from an internal investigation since January

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Willie & Crew Cited for Misdemeanor Drug Possession

Posted: 09/19/2006 - Willie Nelson and several members of his band were issued misdemeanor citations for drug possession in Louisiana. The Louisiana Highway Patrol says troopers smelled a strong odor of marijuana when the driver opened the door to Nelson's band bus.

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FEMA to Offer Grants for Housing Ideas

Posted: 09/19/2006 - The feds are offering 400 (M) million dollars in grants for ideas on how to provide emergency and interim housing for hurricane victims. Competition for the grant money is open to five coastal states - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

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Evidence Left at Hit and Run Scene

Updated: 09/18/2006 - Preliminary autopsy results released Monday confirmed that a Bryan man was killed after being struck with a vehicle on Sandy Point Road. The body of Raymond Chambers, 53, was found in a ditch across from the Juvenile Correction Center at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday.

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Classmates, Faculty Mourning the Loss of Navasota Student

Updated: 09/18/2006 - Students and Faculty at Navasota Junior High are mourning the loss of Taylor Meschke. The 11-year-old was killed in a car accident Sunday morning and Monday crisis councilors were on hand to help those grieving.

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Expo Center Costs Up for Discussion

Updated: 09/18/2006 - The cost to use the new Brazos County Expo Center could be decided Tuesday. Brazos County commissioners met Monday morning to hear recommendations from the center's new director, Tom Quarles.

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Westlake's Nader Won't Play Football Again

Updated: 09/18/2006 - Austin Westlake senior offensive lineman Matt Nader will likely never play another down of football. Nader collapsed on the sidelines during the game against A&M Consolidated Friday night forcing officials to call the game.

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Funerals Set for Local Teens Killed in Hwy 6 Accident

Updated: 09/19/2006 - Funeral arrangements have been made for three local teens killed Friday in a car accident on Highway 6. According to the Department of Public Safety, the accident happened around 3 p.m. Friday a mile north of FM 2154.

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Richards Admirers Pay Last Respects

Posted: 09/18/2006 - With a mixture of laughter and tears, but mostly laughter, former Gov. Ann Richards was remembered Monday for her deep love of Texas and her sense of fairness for all.

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Navasota Girl Killed in Accident

Posted: 09/18/2006 - An 11-year-old girl is dead after a one-vehicle accident on Highway Six this morning in Navasota. Police say the girl was riding with her parents and two siblings when their car hydroplaned and overturned in the center median north of Highway 105.

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Company Says its Organic Spinach Not to Blame

Posted: 09/18/2006 - A company linked to contaminated spinach says its organic spinach is not the source of deadly E. coli. Natural Selection Foods says federal and state health inspectors confirmed that through manufacturing codes from packages of spinach that infected patients turned over. All the codes came from non-organic spinach.

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Shuttle Getting Final Inspection for Damage

Posted: 09/18/2006 - One last inspection for Atlantis before the trip home. This is part of the post-Columbia accident routine for shuttles, as astronauts look for the kinds of cuts and tears that caused the fatal break-up in 2003.

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Memorial Service Today for Ann Richards

Updated: 09/18/2006 - A memorial service will be held Monday afternoon at the University of Texas for former Texas Governor Ann Richards. Among the scheduled speakers are Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and syndicated columnist Liz Smith. A private burial is planned at the Texas State Cemetery.

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