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The Homeland Security Department has recommended Manhattan, Kansas, for a new $450 million laboratory to study biological threats like anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease. The choice beat out intense competition from other sites in Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas...
A longtime employee of the American Cancer Society here in austin is accused of embezzling almost 600-thousand dollars from the group. It wasn't simply a case of writing himself a check or padding expense reports, John Martin used his position with-in the group to order hundreds...
House Speaker Tom Craddick is facing an ethics complaint over campaign payments and state health insurance benefits for his political consultant daughter. The complaint against Republican Craddick was filed this week by Houston-area Democratic activist John Cobarruvias. Craddick...
HOUSTON (AP) - First came Hurricane Ike, then came the abuse after the storm. Hundreds of workers hired to clean up debris, repair damaged roofs and restore flood-soaked buildings now say they were robbed of wages, stranded with nowhere to stay and injured on the job. The...
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - A Cal Poly San Luis Obispo fraternity has been suspended because of the possible alcohol-related death of a freshman after a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party. An unconscious Carson Starkey was taken from a residence Tuesday morning to Sierra Vista...
WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Laura Bush says she and President George W. Bush will have a house in Dallas after leaving the White House. Mrs. Bush's press secretary, Sally McDonough, says the president and first lady are buying a home in Dallas, but don't have occupancy of the...
With the losses in the stock market are the state’s pension funds in need of additional state money? Governor Perry is watching closely. At this point the Governor isn’t sure if state money will need to be used to make up for losses to the states various pension funds. “...
The Texas prison system is getting serious about stopping contraband before it ever gets inside a prison. The Department of Criminal Justice Board is asking the state to spend 66 million dollars on security enhancements. Prison System Executive Director Brad Livingston says “$36...
The San Marcos City Council says ‘yes’ to longer bar hours in their city. The Mayor and almost all the councilmen approved the measure to change city rules to allow bars to stay open until 2 a.m. Only one councilmember remained against the measure that voters approved last month...