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A&M Preps for Bird Flu

Updated: 10/28/2006 - Texas A&M University is preparing for a potential bird flu pandemic. Students, veterinarians, researchers and farmers received hands-on training Thursday on how to test and detect the H5N1 strain in birds and poultry.

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Robertson County Facility at Center of Controversy

Updated: 09/14/2006 - A Robertson County gas treatment facility is open for business despite complaints by area residents. A temporary restraining order was issued to close the plant operated by Energy Transfer Company. However, that restraining order was never enacted.

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Perot Staying Out of Governor's Race

Posted: 09/14/2006 - A governor's race with two independent candidates isn't enough to entice Dallas billionaire Ross Perot to get involved in a campaign again. The man who twice ran for president as a third-party candidate tells The Dallas Morning News he's staying out of politics and sticking with issues.

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DeLay Indictment

Posted: 09/14/2006 - Tom DeLay's lawyer calls it "just another bump in the road." The highest criminal appeals court in Texas says it will consider reinstating a conspiracy charge against the former US House Republican Leader.

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Dewhurst Calls for Harsher Sentences for Sex Offenders

Posted: 09/14/2006 - Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst plans to push for tougher penalties for child molesters during the 2007 legislative session. Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, will encourage lawmakers to pass a version of Florida's "Jessica's Law."

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House Republicans Push New Vote on Border Fence

Posted: 09/14/2006 - US House Republicans seeking to get tough on illegal immigration plan a new vote Thursday on a border fence proposal. The bill calls for building more than 700 miles of double-layered fencing along the nearly two-thousand-mile border with Mexico.

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Police: Shooting Suspects Still on the Run

Updated: 09/14/2006 - Huntsville law enforcement are asking for your help in finding two suspects on the run. They were the target of a massive manhunt Tuesday, following a reported carjacking in Trinity.

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Remembering Ann Richards

Updated: 09/14/2006 - Praise and expressions of sympathy poured in Thursday for former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, who died Wednesday night at her home in Austin after a battle with esophageal cancer. She was 73.

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Gas Prices Falling Nationwide

Updated: 09/13/2006 - As quickly as they went up, they are going down. We've all experienced pain at the pump, but lately, prices have been on the decline. In fact, the statewide gas price average has come down by nearly 35-cents in the past five weeks.

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Howard Calls for Check-Ups in Wake of Cancer

Updated: 09/14/2006 - He's one of the area's most well-known personalities. Since 1978, Chip Howard has been heard on radio dials talking sports. But now, there's another topic that he wants people to hear about: early detection of colon cancer.

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Study Finds Most Bible Classes Not Academic

Posted: 09/13/2006 - A study finds that the majority of Bible courses being offered as electives at Texas high schools are devotional and sectarian in their approach. The yearlong study by the Texas Freedom Network found the courses do not teach about the Bible in a historical or literary context as is required under state law.

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Ellington Field

Posted: 09/13/2006 - Supporters of Ellington Field say a plan to retire 17 fighter jets there would jeopardize the defense of the Houston Ship Channel and area petrochemical plants. The Defense Department's Base Realignment and Closure Commission has recommended that the Air National Guard jets be retired from the Houston airport to help cut expenses.

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Cosmic Construction Zone

Posted: 09/13/2006 - Atlantis astronauts Dan Burbank and Steve MacLean are expected to venture outside the shuttle Wednesday. Two of their colleagues ventured outside the shuttle Tuesday and started hooking up a 45-foot addition to the international space station. That's the first since construction was put on hold following the Columbia disaster in 2003.

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USDA Expects a Drop in Cotton Crop

Posted: 09/13/2006 - Blame it on the lingering drought. The dry spell is a big reason behind the US Department of Agriculture predicting a 35 percent drop in Texas cotton production, compared to last year.

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Fire Forces A&M Building's Evacuation

Updated: 10/28/2006 - A building at Texas A&M was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after it caught fire. It happened at Kleberg Animal and Food Sciences Center around 4:45 p.m.

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Police Search for Shooting Suspects

Updated: 09/12/2006 - A pair of suspected car-jackers, last seen in the Huntsville area, remained on the loose Tuesday night. Authorities say the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Rudder's Rangers Recruit with Mock Assault

Updated: 10/28/2006 - One of the most recognizable groups in Texas A&M's Corps is Rudder's Rangers. Cadets with the desire to learn infantry tactics sign up with the group. But Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers used one of their loudest and most intense displays to recruit new cadets.

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Reagan Touts Adoption to Aggieland Crowd

Updated: 09/12/2006 - One of the nation's "First Sons" made a plea for people to adopt, just as he was adopted years ago. Talk show host and author Michael Reagan, the son of Ronald Reagan, was the keynote speaker for Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach's fundraiser Tuesday evening.

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CS Residents Concerned About Overgrown Creek

Updated: 09/12/2006 - Some College Station neighbors are concerned that a creek in their backyard is a breeding ground for West Nile mosquitoes. They say the city hasn't done its part to maintain the creek and the problem is only getting worse.

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Brazos County Commissioners Approve Budget and Tax Rate

Updated: 09/12/2006 - Brazos County Commissioners have approved this year's budget, but it didn't come without a few disapproving remarks. County Judge Randy Sims voted against the budget, which is roughly 5 percent higher than last year's, because of several amendments approved Tuesday morning.

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Former Bryan Firefighter, Aggie, Killed in Afghanistan

Updated: 10/28/2006 - She started her educational career at Texas A&M and then moved on to the Bryan Fire department for her professional career. Many in the Brazos Valley still remember Sgt. 1st Class Merideth Howard for her work ethic.

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CS Woman Recognized in Business

Updated: 09/12/2006 - A College Station woman is tops in the country when it comes to business. Lina Lawson of College Station has been selected as one of the 2007 Top Ten Business Women of ABWA.

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National Preparedness Week Declared for Brazos County

Posted: 09/12/2006 - Brazos County Commissioners have declared the week of September 10-16 as National Preparedness Week. The declaration coincides with the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001. The Texas Cooperative Extension proposed the declaration because they say the organization recognizes a great deal has changed since 9/11, and residents are more aware of the devastation caused by unexpected disasters.

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Longer Life in Border Counties

Posted: 09/12/2006 - Residents of three overwhelmingly Hispanic counties along the Texas-Mexico border enjoy some of the longest life spans in the state. Hidalgo and Cameron counties ranked first and second when it comes to Texas residents and life expectancy, living an average of 80-point-two and 80-point-one years, respectively.

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Are Americans More Religious Than Previously Thought?

Posted: 09/12/2006 - A Baylor University study finds that more Americans are active in religious groups than previously thought. The study released Monday also found that most traditional Christians reject the label "evangelical" and prefer to describe themselves as "Bible-believing" or "born again."

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