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Board approves five new toll roads Texas 45 Southwest only new road in the plan By Ben Wear AMERICAN STATESMAN STAFF Tuesday, October 09, 2007 Ending for now a three-year civic argument, a comfortable majority of Central Texas' governing transportation board approved...
Toll equipment double-billed 50,000 times TxDOT officials say problem has been fixed and everyone will have charges reversed. By Ben Wear AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Tuesday, October 09, 2007 A glitch in the equipment on three Austin roads has caused about 50,000 double-billings...
Stop, thief! GM's OnStar system could soon halt stolen cars OnStar already finds 700 to 800 cars per month. By Tom Krisher ASSOCIATED PRESS Tuesday, October 09, 2007 DETROIT — Say some clown steals your car from the parking deck at work. If it's equipped with General Motors'...
HOUSTON -- Some parents in Fort Bend County are outraged after their children said they witnessed a pair of eighth-graders engaged in a sex act, right in the middle of class. Parents told KPRC Local 2 that they received the unsettling news about an incident at Crockett Middle...
First the percussive sounds of sniper fire and the thrill of the kill. Then the gospel of peace. Across the country, hundreds of ministers and pastors desperate to reach young congregants have drawn concern and criticism through their use of an unusual recruiting tool: the...
Well, here we go again: to toll, or not to toll. At least, that's what some foes of the pending toll road plan suggest. The five-road plan the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board will vote on tonight, they say, is just a replay of 2004: double taxation in the...
I hate school! Yes, I know that's a bit immature for someone 41 years old. But it's true. I hate school -- so much so that my wife, Amy, and I have hired a college student to help our fifth-grade son manage his schoolwork a few times a week. It's not that we can't do the work...
Baseball players sometimes cross themselves before getting into the batter's box. Basketball players might look up for divine support before a free throw. Some soccer players kiss crucifixes around their necks after scoring a goal. But perhaps no sport is more associated with...
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration plans to expand its use of screening machines that look under passengers' clothing for hidden weapons. New York's Kennedy and Los Angeles International airports will get "backscatter" X-ray machines that the American Civil...