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Officials eye prison cutbacks to cut budget

Posted: 05/31/2010 - Some officials say a reduction in the number of state prison beds is on the table as a possible measure in the struggle to balance the state budget.

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Come and take it! Perry fights attacks Texas style

Posted: 05/31/2010 - Rick Perry is governor of a state with a multibillion-dollar-and-growing budget shortfall. The EPA wants to strip the state's power to police its air quality. He's the butt of jokes for spending tens of thousands of tax dollars to rent a swanky house.

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1000th GI killed in Afghan war was on 2nd tour

Posted: 05/30/2010 - The 1000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan had already fallen victim once to a hidden bomb, and was so eager to return to war that he pushed through his rehabilitation.

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Democrats stop bid to send 6,000 troops to border

Posted: 05/27/2010 - WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate have repelled a move by presidential rival John McCain to send an additional 6,000 National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border.

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US predicts at least 8 Atlantic hurricanes

Posted: 05/27/2010 - MIAMI (AP) - Federal government scientists are predicting there will be 14 to 23 tropical storms in the Atlantic basin during the coming season, including eight to 14 hurricanes.

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Wetland groups concerned about Gulf spill

Posted: 05/27/2010 - GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Some groups focused on protecting wetlands will try to come up with ways to avoid future disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spills and offer the suggestions to Congress.

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New oil flow estimate: Gulf nation's worst spill

Posted: 05/27/2010 - COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Scientists say the Gulf of Mexico spill has now leaked far more oil than the Exxon Valdez disaster - maybe even three-and-a-half times as much.

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Witness: BP took `shortcuts' before well blowout

Posted: 05/26/2010 - COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Witness statements show senior managers complained oil giant BP was "taking shortcuts" by replacing heavy drilling fluid with saltwater in the well that blew out, triggering the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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CPS takes custody of boy staying in church

Posted: 05/26/2010 - CLEVELAND, Texas (AP) - Child Protective Services has taken custody of three brothers after one, who is 8, allegedly was forced to stay alone in a small, country church and use a paint can for a toilet.

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Boy, 3, killed dashing to Chuck E. Cheese in Texas

Posted: 05/25/2010 - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Corpus Christi police say a 3-year-old boy died after being struck while trying to run from the family's vehicle to the entrance of a Chuck E. Cheese theme restaurant.

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BP: Equipment in place for Gulf 'top kill' try

Posted: 05/25/2010 - COVINGTON, La. (AP) - BP engineers say they have the equipment in place to try a complicated procedure that they hope will seal the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well.

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Texas Gov. Perry writing book blasting feds

Posted: 05/25/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has long criticized the federal government, and now he's writing on the subject in a new book called "FED UP."

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Trial opens for man accused of aiding Taliban

Posted: 05/24/2010 - Jury selection is beginning in the trial of a Pakistani student accused of conspiring to aid the Taliban and undergoing training in order to fight U.S. troops.

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Former DA sentenced for misuse of seized funds

Posted: 05/23/2010 - A former longtime central Texas district attorney has been sentenced to two years deferred adjudication for misusing funds seized through drug arrests and other prosecutions.

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Court: Hearing for stabbing suspect can proceed

Posted: 05/23/2010 - A state appeals court has rejected an attempt to delay a hearing on whether a teenager accused of stabbing his teacher to death in an east Texas classroom should be tried as an adult.

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Social studies changes to hit Texas classrooms

Posted: 05/23/2010 - The State Board of Education's vote approving several new social studies curriculum standards ends months of idelogical haggling that drew attention beyond Texas.

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Texas board to finish social studies guidelines

Posted: 05/21/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The State Board of Education is set to wrap up debate on new social studies and history guidelines for Texas schools before voting.

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Houston-area educators suspended amid TAKS probe

Posted: 05/21/2010 - HOUSTON (AP) - Seven educators at a Houston-area elementary school have been suspended amid allegations that answers were changed on high-stakes standardized tests.

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