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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Most Florida felons will regain voting and other civil rights more quickly after completing their sentences under changes approved Thursday by the governor and the state clemency board. Republican Gov. Charlie Crist pushed the change, saying the rights...
By Kate Alexander AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Friday, April 06, 2007 Without fanfare or fireworks, the Austin City Council on Thursday gave City Manager Toby Futrell a modest raise and so much praise that they ran out of words. "All the superlatives are gone by now," said Council...
Roger Croteau Express-News SAN MARCOS — Texas State University has launched an investigation into the fraternity house where three students and a companion are believed to have been drinking before their pickup was swept into the Blanco River early Sunday. Firefighters plucked...
By TERRENCE STUTZ / The Dallas Morning News tstutz@dallasnews.com AUSTIN – A Republican senator boycotted an opening prayer in the chamber by a Dallas Islamic spiritual leader on Wednesday, saying he didn't want his presence viewed as an endorsement of the man and his views. Sen...
By JAKE BATSELL / The Dallas Morning News jbatsell@dallasnews.com Drunken-driving checkpoints could soon be popping up on Texas roads after a state Senate committee gave its unanimous blessing Wednesday. Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, told fellow lawmakers that checkpoints...
NEW YORK -- The city's new official condom is a "sensation," according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, which announced Wednesday that City Hall gave away a record 5 million in the first month of a distribution program. The free condom initiative is part of the city'...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lawyer and parents of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh asked President Bush on Wednesday to commute his 20-year prison term, citing the case of an Australian man who was sentenced to less than a year for aiding terrorism. Lindh, 26, was...
By KEVIN MORAN Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Muggings and car break-ins are not unusual in the southeast Houston neighborhood around 76th Street and Avenue H, but residents expressed surprise that a 77-year-old neighbor had shot a suspect who allegedly broke into his house...
4/6/07 The Masters Tournament has become the U.S. Open in April! Another day of few rounds under par, fewer birdies and a gallery that had little to cheer for on this breezy cool day. And guess what, temps should be lower on Saturday on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National...