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Immigration Bill Faces a Key Vote Today

Posted: 05/24/2006 - It's yet another challenge for the bipartisan coalition striving to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. A key procedural vote is set for today that could clear the way for a final vote on the bill.

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Evacuating New Orleans

Posted: 05/24/2006 - A drill aimed at avoiding the chaos that followed last year's deadly Hurricane Katrina continues in New Orleans today after day one of the event had some hiccups. The city's homeland security director says he believes the drill shows New Orleans is ready for hurricane season.

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No Cause for Bryan House Fire

Posted: 05/24/2006 - Bryan fire officials say they'll never know the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in the Briarcrest West subdivision. They say the damage was so significant they can't determine why it started.

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More Than 30 Arrested in Austin Gambling Sting

Posted: 05/24/2006 - Authorities in Austin have arrested more than 30 people for their part in a gambling operation that police say netted millions from the illegal use of gambling machines. Fifteen suspects face federal charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Another 19 people have been charged with state misdemeanors of gambling promotion and possession of a gambling device.

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Lotto Lawsuit

Posted: 05/24/2006 - A Lubbock woman is suing six other women and the Texas Lottery Commission over part of a 36 (M) million-dollar Lotto Texas jackpot. Betty Domingo alleges she was part of the pool that won the jackpot but was excluded from the winnings.

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Environmental Group Warns Texas About Global Warming

Posted: 05/24/2006 - An environmental advocacy group says it wants Texas lawmakers to begin taking global warming seriously. New York-based Environmental Defense released a report today that argues Texas lags behind other states in developing a plan to reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

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Construction Begins on Sheriff Administration Building

Posted: 05/24/2006 - Years of planning and hard work have paid off for the Brazos County Sheriff's Office. Construction has started on the new administration building across from the Sandy Point jail facility, and the sheriff's department is already counting down the days to move in.

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From the Corps: Jeremy Button

Updated: 10/28/2006 - Sometimes, you don't get a second chance to fulfill your dreams. Jeremy Button's had that chance and made the most of it. Soon, he'll be serving in the Army, but wherever that path takes him, his road to A&M has him ready.

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Proposed Interstate 14

Posted: 05/23/2006 - Bryan's city council is considering spending thousands of dollars to become part of a group lobbying to bring an interstate to the Brazos Valley. The proposed Interstate 14 project would pass through six different states.

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Date TBD for Davis-Phelps Hearing

Posted: 05/23/2006 - The office of the Tyler judge assigned to Judge Rick Davis's court of inquiry request says a hearing date could be set as early as next week. District Court Judge Cynthia Stevens Kent has been assigned the case.

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Bryan Swears In New Councilmembers

Posted: 05/23/2006 - The city of Bryan has two new councilmembers. Annette Stephney and Mike Southerland were sworn in at Tuesday evening's council meeting. Ben Hardeman also took the oath to retain his place.

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Emergency Operations Center Will Move During Disasters

Posted: 05/23/2006 - The Brazos County Emergency Operations Center will relocate during major emergencies. Tuesday morning Brazos County Commissioners approved a measure that would allow the center to move to College Station when necessary.

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Used Hybrids Cost More Than New Ones

Posted: 05/23/2006 - As gasoline prices soar, so do sales of hybrid vehicles. Local Toyota dealership owner Paul Atkinson says that's not going to change. But used hybrids can cost more than new ones.

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Smuggling Yacht

Posted: 05/23/2006 - A yacht owner and his deck hand were arrested for an attempt to use the boat to smuggle six illegal immigrants north to Corpus Christi. That's according to a report by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Drunk Driver Denied Parole

Posted: 05/23/2006 - A former Texas A&M student who killed two local women after driving drunk, will not be getting out of prison early. Kyle Johnson was denied parole this week because of the excessive amount of alcohol involved in the offense, and because his crime was a conscious disregard for life, safety and the property of others, according to the parole board's findings.

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Former U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen Dies

Updated: 05/23/2006 - Lloyd Bentsen, a courtly Texan who represented the state in Congress for 28 years and served as President Clinton's first treasury secretary, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 85.

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Student Pilot and Instructor Killed in Crash

Posted: 05/23/2006 - A student pilot and his instructor were killed in the crash of their small plane at a South Plains airport. The crash happened at Levelland's airport, about 30 miles west of Lubbock.

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Religious Scam

Posted: 05/23/2006 - Prosecutors say that the founder of an import-export company and other top officials scammed millions of dollars out of religious investors. Then they allegedly used the money on yachts, planes, a helicopter and plastic surgery.

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Veterans' Personal Information Stolen

Posted: 05/23/2006 - The head of the Veterans of Foreign Wars says the theft of personal information from 26 (m) million vets is a "serious breach" of security. VA officials say they have set up a call center for veterans who think their information has been misused.

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New Duo Heads to Bryan's Council

Posted: 05/22/2006 - Two familiar faces are taking their places on the Bryan City Council. Annette Stephney and Mike Southerland ran on different issues, but plan on making good on their promises.

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Miller Becomes Navasota Mayor

Posted: 05/22/2006 - The city of Navasota has a new mayor. Bert Miller was chosen to take on the role at Monday evening's city council meeting. Miller is a local insurance agent who has spent the last year on the council.

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EMT Shortage Hits Brazos Valley

Posted: 05/22/2006 - The Brazos County Volunteer Fire Department is often the first response team dispatched to medical 911 calls outside of the city limits. But these days, they are having a hard time making it to all the calls.

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A&M Professor Receives National Science Award

Updated: 10/28/2006 - A faculty member from the Texas A&M Health Science Center is gaining national attention. Brian Colwell, Ph.D., associate professor and head of the Department of Social and Behavioral Health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, is this year's recipient of the Health Promotion Medal of Excellence.

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Back to School Date Pushed Back for 2007

Posted: 05/22/2006 - School used to start after Labor Day, but in recent years it's crept up to early August. Now it looks like students will get more of a summer, but are local school officials pleased with the change?

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