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Americans Evacuate War Torn Lebanon

Updated: 07/20/2006 - Hezbollah has issued a statement saying none of its leaders or members was killed in a huge bombing raid in south Beirut. Meanwhile, the United States is ramping up its evacuation of citizens from Lebanon after a slow start.

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Changes for State Bank in B/CS

Updated: 07/19/2006 - State Bank will have a new name, thanks to a bank merger. Prosperity Bancshares announced Wednesday it will acquire Texas United Bancshares.' Texas United has four wholly-owned subsidiary banks, including State Bank in the Bryan/College Station area.

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Robertson County Woman Dies in SUV Wreck

Posted: 07/19/2006 - A Franklin woman is dead after authorities say she took a Robertson County curve too quickly. DPS reports Rhonda Curbello, 45, was driving on FM 1644 between Franklin and Calvert around 2pm Wednesday afternoon when she lost control.

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CS Council to Hear Rezoning Request

Posted: 07/19/2006 - A hotly-debated rezoning request will be heard by College Station's city council Thursday. There will be a public hearing on the proposed development of 50 acres at the southeast corner of Highway 6 and Rock Prairie Road.

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Hotel Chain Going Smoke-Free

Posted: 07/19/2006 - Getting a smoke-free room in a Marriott hotel is going to get easier. Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott says in a statement that the decision reflects "a new level of service and care" for consumers and those working in the hotels.

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No Textbook Funds for Laptops

Posted: 07/19/2006 - The Texas Attorney General says state funds for purchasing school textbooks can't be used to buy laptops and other computer hardware. Greg Abbott released his opinion yesterday in response to questions raised by the State Board of Education. Some lawmakers had tried to shift funding from books to technology.

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Texas Select Lloyds Policies Being Canceled

Posted: 07/19/2006 - State insurance regulators are urging customers of San Antonio-based Texas Select Lloyds and its sister companies to find new coverage. Texas regulators earlier this month said Vesta Insurance Group of Birmingham, Alabama, had defaulted on some loans. Authorities took over several of the company's subsidiaries.

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Eight Found in Tour Bus Compartments

Posted: 07/19/2006 - Eight illegal immigrants -- including five children -- have been found hidden in the engine and baggage compartments of two chartered buses in South Texas. All are Mexican nationals -- with the children ranging in age from eight to 14.

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Burn Bans

Posted: 07/19/2006 - Two local counties have putting burn bans into effect. Tuesday, Madison and Walker counties put the bans in place.

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Trailer Fire

Posted: 07/19/2006 - Bryan firefighters battled a trailer fire in the 1700 block of Palasota Tuesday afternoon. The back of the structure was burning when they arrived, and eventually one whole story of the building was involved.

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More West Nile

Posted: 07/18/2006 - Two more batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile in Brazos County. One was found in College Station, the other in Bryan. Residents in both areas have been warned of the discovery.

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Application Withdrawn for CS Rezoning

Posted: 07/18/2006 - Applicants wanting to rezone 35 acres near Sebesta Road in College Station have withdrawn their application. As such, a public hearing set for Wednesday night has been canceled.

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Hot Temps, Thick Brush Fuel Grass Fire

Updated: 07/18/2006 - Good news for Bryan firefighters as one of their own is out of the hospital after battling a grass fire, one that is finally under control. The firefighter was taken from the scene off of Leonard Road with heat exhaustion.

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Chief Strope Off the Full-time Beat

Updated: 07/18/2006 - Tuesday was Mike Strope's last day as Bryan's full-time police chief, and it has been a busy three-and-a-half years for Strope heading up that department.

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College Station ISD Pay Raises

Posted: 07/18/2006 - College Station's school board met Tuesday night to discuss pay raises. College Station Education Association representatives asked the board to consider increasing pay for support personnel to $9.76 an hour.

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Changes at Calvert ISD

Posted: 07/18/2006 - A Calvert school principal may be out of a job soon. The school board met in closed session Tuesday night to negotiate buying out the contract for Spigner Elementary principal, LeeEtta Mable.

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Brenham Skating and Bicycling Ordinance

Posted: 07/18/2006 - Brenham's city council passed the first reading of an ordinance limiting skate boarding and bicycling in certain areas of town. The measure is expected to go into effect in August.

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Scrambling for Shade

Posted: 07/18/2006 - For the past week temperatures have neared the century mark, some days even surpassing it. But, the heat is affecting us all in different ways.

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Buffalo Water Should Be Coming Back On

Updated: 07/18/2006 - Hundreds of Buffalo residents have gone without water for another day. But, a representative from the company's board says everyone should have water late Tuesday night.

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TxDot Holds Meetings on Trans-Texas Corridor

Posted: 07/18/2006 - Brazos Valley residents have another chance to speak out on the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor. Wednesday night in Hearne, the Texas Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on the proposal.

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Murder Trial Underway

Posted: 07/18/2006 - Testimony has begun in the murder trial of a Bryan man accused of stabbing an elderly man and beating the victim's wife. 20-year-old Michael Anthony Lopez is charged with murder and two counts of burglary of a habitation. During opening statements this afternoon, prosecutors set the stage for the case against Lopez, while the defense chose not to make a statement.

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Repair Work Begins after Rita

Posted: 07/18/2006 - Crews have begun repair work on the Port Arthur Civic Center nearly ten months after Hurricane Rita came ashore. Port Arthur officials hope the one (M) million dollar repair job, which started this week, will be done by November first.

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Voters Could Decide Beach Dispute

Posted: 07/18/2006 - Enough signatures have been collected to let residents vote on whether to ban vehicles on part of Padre Island. A developer has urged the closure as plans continue for a resort in the area.

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Woman Convicted of Theft of Aid

Posted: 07/18/2006 - A jury in Fort Worth has convicted a woman of theft related to about 21-thousand dollars in federal benefits for a Hurricane Katrina evacuee. Sheila Harris is free pending sentencing November third. Harris was convicted yesterday of theft of government property and bank burglary.

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Rap Song Blamed for Gang Fight

Posted: 07/18/2006 - Dallas police say a DJ's playing of a gangsta theme song sparked violence that led to deadly gunfire during a birthday party. Two people were killed and four were hurt in the attacks early Sunday outside the El Angel nightclub.

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