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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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College Station Stallions are World Series Bound

Posted: 07/14/2006 - A College Station baseball team is getting a hero's sendoff Friday. The College Station Stallions, a tournament team of all 12-year-old boys, are headed to the Triple-A World Series.

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Rare Fossil Exhibit Stops in Bryan

Posted: 07/14/2006 - A rare exhibit is making a stop in the Brazos Valley for the summer. Starting Saturday and until October, The Burgess Shale exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian will be on display at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.

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Tools Allegedly Stolen by Deputy Identified

Updated: 07/14/2006 - Tools believed to have been stolen by a Leon County deputy have been identified by their owner. Casey Moreland was arrested Tuesday night and charged with burglary.

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Magnolia Soldier Arrested for Child Porn

Posted: 07/14/2006 - The Attorney General's office has nabbed another alleged promoter of child pornography. Michael Ray Peterson-Lisembee of Magnolia was arrested Tuesday on two counts of promotion and 12 counts of possession of child pornography.

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UT Could Soon Open Nanotechnology Research Institute

Posted: 07/14/2006 - The University of Texas at Austin may soon open a nanotechnology institute. Backers say the South West Academy for Nanoelectronics could make the Lone Star State a major player in the emerging scientific field.

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Wildfire Burning Near Abilene

Posted: 07/14/2006 - Crews today worked to contain a wildfire near Abilene that's scorched at least 500 acres. Officials say the blaze -- which started yesterday afternoon -- is a threat to about 50 large wind turbines.

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Patient Tries to Light Up, Sets Fire to Hospital Room

Posted: 07/14/2006 - Authorities say a patient on oxygen at a Dallas hospital suffered serious burns in a fire that started when he apparently tried to light a cigarette. Officials say more than 110 patients at Methodist Dallas Medical Center briefly had to be moved away from the area -- as a precaution.

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Astronauts Awaken to Aggie War Hymn

Updated: 07/14/2006 - The wake-up tune for the shuttle Discovery astronauts today was the Aggie War Hymn -- a tune familiar to crewmember Mike Fossum. Fossum is the first Texas A&M graduate in space.

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Governors to Talk Hurricanes in New Orleans

Posted: 07/14/2006 - Hurricane recovery is on the agenda of this weekend's Southern Governors Association meeting in a place that took a big hit -- New Orleans. The event is hosted by the association chairwoman -- Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.

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C.S. Council Approves Land Purchase for Cemetery

Updated: 07/13/2006 - Plans for a new College Station city cemetery moved forward at a Thursday night city council meeting. The cemetery will include a section called the Aggie Field of Honor.

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Milam County's Courthouse Still Shines

Posted: 07/13/2006 - The Milam County Courthouse is quite the spectacular structure. And to get it looking immaculate, it took a lot of work and a lot of money. But ask the people practicing here, and they'll tell you it was worth it.

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