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Probation for Murder: A Rare Sentence

Posted: 04/07/2006 - Friday morning, convicted murderer Patience Cooks received her sentence in 361st District Court. She'll serve 90 days of work release jail-time, along with 10 years probation. It's quite a rare sentence for a murder conviction, but it's a ruling with two schools of thought.

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High-Profile Races Don't Equal Early Voting

Updated: 04/07/2006 - Just like last month's elections in Brazos County, early voting totals for this Tuesday's runoff are way down. With early voter turnout an indicator of Election Day turnout, the outlook is not pretty.

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More FEMA Fraud in South Texas

Posted: 04/07/2006 - A pair of Brazos Valley residents have been indicted on charges of filing false claims for FEMA assistance following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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Woman Arrested in Baby Murder Case

Updated: 04/07/2006 - An arrest has been made in the 6 month old murder mystery of an abandoned newborn. A 35 year old North Texas woman is charged with murdering the infant and discarding the body in a trash can.

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Parents Weekend at Texas A&M

Posted: 04/07/2006 - The roads will be more congested and restaurants packed this weekend as thousands of parents flock to Aggieland for Parents' Weekend. In Old Army Days, Parents Weekend originated as a time for moms to visit their sons.

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Executive Compensation

Posted: 04/07/2006 - Want to find out how the boss is doing? Thanks to the AFL-CIO, you can through a new Web site: paywatch-dot-org. It carries information for the top-25 pension packages of 2005 as well as a comprehensive database of brand new CEO pay figures.

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Gas Prices

Posted: 04/07/2006 - Retail gasoline prices skyrocketed across Texas this week amid concerns over summer gasoline supply prospects. The weekly Triple-A Texas gas price survey shows self-serve regular averaging two dollars 59 cents per gallon at the pump. That's eleven cents higher than last year and 45 cents higher than a year ago.

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Airport Concerns in Dallas

Posted: 04/07/2006 - Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is offering to lift decades-long limits at rival Dallas Love Field -- if Love reduces the number of its gates. The move could create problems for Southwest Airlines.

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TSU President's Spending

Posted: 04/07/2006 - The president of Texas Southern University spent nearly 650-thousand dollars in school funds on personal purchases, according to an audit by the school. The school released the report to the Houston Chronicle yesterday under the Texas Public Information Act.

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Immigration Bill's Future Unclear

Posted: 04/07/2006 - It's unlikely the Senate will finish work on an immigration bill this week. Partisan bickering over amendments is clouding the outlook for a compromise.

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Texas Wildfires

Updated: 04/07/2006 - Texas Panhandle officials hope for relief today from a wave of wildfires that blackened 27-thousand acres and destroyed at least nine homes. No injuries were reported.

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Man Shot in Somerville

Updated: 04/07/2006 - .A Somerville man is in fair condition afternoon after being shot in the back. Police say 51 year-old Gary Parker was of Somerville was shot with a pellet gun Thursday night outside the Somerville Dairy Queen.

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One More Langley-Barron Face-off

Updated: 04/07/2006 - In what may be their last meeting before the Tuesday runoff, Judge J.D. Langley and David Barron made their cases to retain or obtain the 85th District Court seat.

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Suspects Wanted in Caldwell High Fire

Updated: 04/06/2006 - After nearly two weeks of investigation, Caldwell ISD Police have descriptions for the two men believed to have started a fire at the city's high school.

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Bryan Chooses Firm for City Manager

Posted: 04/06/2006 - Thursday evening, Bryan's city council announced the Atlanta-based Mercer Group will head up the search for Bryan's new city manager. That's the same group that College Station hired to find their city manager.

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Bryan Fire Trains for MIA Fighter

Posted: 04/06/2006 - Over the past three days, Bryan firefighters have been training for one of their worst-case scenarios: a missing firefighter in a burning building. Thursday afternoon, we got an inside look at their training, and the obstacles to rescuing a colleague running out of air and time.

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Caldwell Man Dies in Accident

Updated: 04/06/2006 - A Caldwell man was killed Wednesday night in an accident on Highway 79. The accident happened around 8:30pm just north of Hearne.

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Wal-Mart Parking Lot Fire Cause

Posted: 04/06/2006 - Arson is not the cause of Wednesday's vehicle fires that erupted in the Bryan Wal-Mart parking lot. Investigators believe an engine malfunction inside one vehicle was what sparked the initial fire.

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Children's Miracle Network Radiothon

Posted: 04/06/2006 - Scott and White and St Joseph Regional Health Center have teamed up to help out the Children's Miracle Network and you can help. Local radio station, Candy 95.1, is hosting a radiothon Thursday through Saturday to help raise money for the Network.

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Bryan PD Gets Grant

Updated: 04/06/2006 - More money is heading to the Bryan Police Department courtesy of the Department of Justice. More than $35,000 has been awarded as part of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

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TABC Cracks Down on Public Intoxication

Posted: 04/06/2006 - There has been public outrage across the state of Texas regarding the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission's program called SIPS. Legislators have called for a suspension of the program that has received national publicity for the stepped-up enforcement of alcohol sales to intoxicated persons.

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Adjustable Rate Mortgages

Posted: 04/06/2006 - Is the housing boom going bust because of increased interest rates? This may be the case. One in five homeowners with a high-interest adjustable rate mortgage was at least 30 days late with payment at the end of last year and after 90 days foreclosure is in sight.

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Group Ranks Texas Fourth in 'Pork-Barrel' Projects

Updated: 04/06/2006 - The Texas congressional delegation brought home the fourth-largest amount of federal funding for special projects last year. That's according to a spending watchdog group called Citizens Against Government Waste.

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DPS Training Changes

Posted: 04/06/2006 - The Texas Department of Public Safety says it will no longer train officers with a fighting drill that resulted in a recruit's death last year. DPS suspended use of the drill after the May death of Jimmy Ray Carty Junior. He died of head trauma after being hit in the head several times during a full-contact fighting exercise.

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Bird Flu and Cooking

Posted: 04/06/2006 - With the fear of bird flu spreading, the government is hoping to calm some fears with the news that cooking poultry at 165 degrees will kill viruses, including bird flu. There have been no recorded cases of bird flu in the United States.

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