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Round Rock Turns 100 This Weekend
Round Rock celebrates Centennial this Saturday
Festivities include live music, custom hot rod show, street fair and more

You turn 100 only once, so the City of Round Rock will celebrate its Centennial on Saturday, April 27, in conjunction with the dedication of a new park plaza in southwest downtown adjacent to the Baca Center and McConico Building.
A concert, street party, custom car show sponsored by Atomic Garage and 100-yard “Centennial” dash will highlight the event.
A free shuttle will be available from the Micki Krebsbach Pool parking lot, 301 Deepwood Drive, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Schedule of events
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Street Fair & Atomic Garage Car Show
Main Street from Mays Street to Sheppard Street

More than 100 businesses will be in Historic Downtown Round Rock with food, custom cars, concerts, crafts and more.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prete Plaza Concert Series
Prete Plaza, 221 East Main St.

·         11 a.m. Willy Welch (children)
·         12 p.m. Leland Williams (country)
·         1 p.m. Magnificient 7 (jazz)
·         2 p.m. The Followthrough (Christian Rock)
·         3 p.m. Rick Steinburg and the Stonecastle Family Band (Americana)
·         3:30 p.m. Car Show Awards
4 p.m. Barbette 100 Yard Dash
McConico Building, 301 W. Bagdad Ave.

Honoring Vander Clyde "Barbette" Broadway, a Round Rock native who gained international fame as a trapeze artist who performed disguised as a woman. To honor Barbette, come dash in costume or a funky outfit. Dress Fido up, too! Sponsored by Crossfit Round Rock.

5 to 9 p.m. Centennial Concert
Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad Ave.

·         5 p.m. Chris Castaneda Project
·         7 p.m. Carolyn Wonderland
·         9 p.m. Dale Watson
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WATCH LIVE: George W. Bush Presidential Library dedication
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George W. Bush's library offers his side of the story
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New Wednesday: Anderson Students Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat
Developing story: According to our sources, three threatening phone calls were phoned into Anderson High School, Austin Texas. Law enforcement and trained canines are now seraching the premises. All students have been evacuated. The threat said the "device" would go off at 12:20pm, which has obviously passed. We'll keep you posted.
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SWAT Recalls Aprehending Boston Bomber
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New Overnight: 4 APD Officers On Leave After Shooting
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UPDATE: Aggies Fall In San Marcos, 4-1
SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies were doomed by Texas State’s three-run second inning and lost a 4-1 decision to the Bobcats on Tuesday evening at Bobcat Ballpark.

Texas A&M (22-20) drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Blake Allemand laced a single through the right side of the infield and stole second base to start the frame. After Krey Brasten struck out swinging and Mikey Reynolds flied out to leftfield, Cole Lankford plated Allemand with a two-out double to the gap in left centerfield to give A&M a 1-0 advantage.

A walk was as good as a hit for Texas State (18-22) as the Bobcats tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Kevin Sah drew a six-pitch walk to start the inning, stole second base and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Morgan Mickan. Cody Lovejoy knocked in Sah with a groundout to shortstop as Texas State scored a run without the benefit of a base hit in the inning.

The Bobcats claimed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. The rally once again started with a base on balls as Ben McElroy drew a seven-pitch walk with one out. Nick Smelser singled through the right side of the infield to put runners on the corners. Tyler Pearson also singled through the right side, sending McElroy home for the 2-1 lead. A passed ball put both runners in scoring position and they scored on a sacrifice fly by JD Stinnett and an error at shortstop by Andrew Vinson on a grounder by Sah to inflate the Bobcat cushion to 4-1.

The Aggies threatened on multiple occasions getting a runner on third base with one out in three different frames, but were unable to harvest a run in any of the three innings.

Texas A&M starter Corey Ray (3-2) was saddled with the loss. He allowed four runs, two earned, on two hits and two walks over 1.2 innings. Parker Ray continued to be strong in relief, scattering three hits and one walk while striking out four over 3.2 shutout innings.

Lucas Humpal (3-1) was effective in his pre-ordained three innings to earn the win. He allowed one run on three hits while striking out one over the 3.0 frames. Scott Grist followed with 3.0 innings of shutout relief allowing three hits while striking out three. Hunter Lemke struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning to earn his seventh save of the season.

Andrew Vinson and Cole Lankford each got two hits to lead the Aggies. Vinson went 2-for-2, the first hits of his career, with one double. Lankford went 2-for-4 with a double.

Mikey Reynolds got a hit in his fourth at-bat to extend his string of consecutive games reaching base to 40, the second-longest active streak in the nation. 

Pearson paced the Bobcats at the plate with three of Texas State’s six hits. He went 3-for-3 with one double, one run and one RBI.
The Aggies complete their eight-game road swing with a three-game SEC series in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide. First pitches for the games are slated for 6:35 pm on Friday, 6:05 pm on Saturday and 1:05 pm on Sunday.
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Internet Sales Tax On the Way
Internet Sales Tax is Far From Fair!

Washington is after your money again! It seems some in Congress are looking to enact an internet sales tax, even though President Obama said he’d never do it. I guess Congress is after your pocket again! Obama clearly said that he wouldn’t raise taxes on anyone but the 1%? This proposal would, however, tax everyone who shops online! Washington is trying to rummage through your pocket and take any change they can out of it and they call it the Marketplace Fairness Act! If you really want fairness, why not eliminate all sales taxes? Oh, that’s right, that would be lowering taxes! For more on the Internet Sales Tax and President Obama’s support for it, visit The   
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Violin From 'Titanic' Up For Sale
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Comments Released From Gov. Perry on Boston
Statement by Gov. Perry on the Boston Marathon Tragedy
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the Boston Marathon tragedy: 
“The scene at the Boston Marathon today is a sobering vision for us all, especially those who have friends or loved ones competing in today’s race. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those injured in the explosions, along with the first responders who braved danger to help get the wounded to safety.”
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APD Details on 25th Fatal Austin Crash of '13
Case:            13-1081685
Date:             April 19, 2013
Time:            8:35 p.m.
Location:     9500 North IH 35 northbound
Deceased:  Vincent Eugene Blue, Black male, (D.O.B. 08-18-64)
APD’s preliminary investigation shows that a pedestrian, Vincent Eugene Blue attempted to cross the northbound lanes of North IH 35 northbound from east to west.  A black 2002 Mazda 4 door struck the pedestrian in the far left lane of the northbound lanes near the concrete median.  The pedestrian was then thrown over the concrete median into the southbound lanes when he was struck by a gray 2010 Ford F150 pickup truck. 
The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. Both vehicles and their drivers remained at the scene.  No other injuries were reported.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6674. This is Austin’s 25th fatal traffic crash and the 26th traffic fatality of 2013. At this time in 2012, there were 22 traffic fatalities.

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HSSS: What's On the Menu (April 20)
Here is what we have come up with. We really wanted to give you a good representation of what we have to offer, while trying to find dishes we think will travel well.
                New England Clam Chowder
                Sesame crusted Ahi Tuna with seaweed salad and sweet and spicy Asian BBQ sauce
                (Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay would go well with the above)
                Island Ceviche tossed in tropical fruit salsa
                Brown Sugar-Ancho Chile crusted Atlantic Salmon, roasted on a cedar plank, over mixed greens, tossed in hose made raspberry vinaigrette
                (A to Z Pinot Grigio would go well with the above)
                Dirty Drunken Smoked Beef Tenderloin, in a Forty Creek Whiskey bacon-brown sugar sauce.
                (Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon or Forty Creek Whiskey – rocks, neat or with water) (The Double Barrel Reserve Forty Creek is fantastic as well)
                Fresh hand-squeezed Key Lime Pie
                (The Forty Creek or A to Z Pinot Grigio would go well here)
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Boston Marathon bomb suspect in custody after standoff

WATERTOWN, MASS.A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt and intense standoff that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.


Boston PD: "CAPTURED!!!"

Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. They later tweeted, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."


Tsarnaev's brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed early Friday in a furious attempt to escape police. Tsarnaev himself was in serious condition when he was apprehended, and has been transported to a local hospital. Several officials expressed relief that Tsarnaev was captured alive.


Col. Timothy Alben with the Massachusetts State Police said at a news conference after the arrest: "We are eternally grateful for the outcome here tonight. We're exhausted folks."


An undated view of the boat in which Dzhokar Tsarnaev was believed to be hiding.


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been hiding in a boat in a neighborhood that had been on lockdown near Boston. The crowd gathered near the scene let out a cheer when spectators saw officers clapping.


"Everyone wants him alive," said Kathleen Paolillo, a 27-year-old teacher who lives in the area.


CBS News correspondent John Miller reports a Watertown man who had been observing the lockdown came out for the first time late Friday and saw a tear in the tarp that covers his boat. He climbed up and looked inside. What he said in a later 911 call was "there's a bloody mess in there."


Three Boston police officers responded and they climbed up and looked in there and they said they saw somebody moving. They backed away and called for tactical teams.


They said something popped up out of the tear in the tarp and opened fire and they returned fire. The incident commander then called for a ceasefire so they could set up a perimeter.


The FBI's hostage rescue team arrived and took tactical control of that scene.


Bomb techs cleared a path to the boat to make sure it wasn't a booby trapped or that there was anything waiting for them.


Boston Police Chief Edward Davis said they attempted to talk Tsarnaev out of the boat, but did not succeed.


The FBI hostage rescue teams made an entry to the boat, was able to observe the suspect still moving and pull him out of there. They confirmed he was wounded, there was a lot of blood, but that wound appears to have occurred earlier.


A Department of Justice official told CBS News no Miranda warning was given to Tsarnaev because government is invoking the public safety exception.


During a long night of violence Thursday into Friday, the brothers killed a police officer, severely wounded another officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle, authorities said.


The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers who had lived in the Dagestan region in southern Russia. They had been in the U.S. for about a decade, an uncle said.


Their uncle in Maryland, Ruslan Tsarni, pleaded on live television Friday: "Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness."




Authorities in Boston suspended all mass transit and warned close to 1 million people in the city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors as the hunt went on.


"We believe this man to be a terrorist," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this to be a man who's come here to kill people."


The bombings on Monday killed three people, including a student from China, and wounded more than 180, instantly raising the specter of another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.


Investigators in the Boston case have shed no light on the motive for the bombing.


State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said police realized they were dealing with the bombing suspects based on what the two men told a carjacking victim during their getaway attempt overnight.


Shortly before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's capture, the White House said President Barack Obama has spoken by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the investigation.


Obama "praised the close cooperation that the United States has received from Russia on counter-terrorism, including in the wake of the Boston attack," the White House said in a statement.


The Boston Red Sox announced that their game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park tonight has been postponed. The Boston Bruins (who were to play the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening) likewise have postponed tonight's game.

Updated timeline / map of pursuit of Boston bombing suspect



Suspects of Chechnyan origin


The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as ethnic Chechen brothers from Dagestan, which neighbors Chechnya in southern Russia. They lived near Boston, and had been in the U.S. for about a decade after receiving asylum, an uncle said.

The two have been identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass., and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. They are legal permanent residents of the U.S.

CBS News confirmed that Dzhokhar is an American citizen, having been naturalized on September 11, 2012.

He is reportedly a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and lived in a dorm there. Correspondent Anthony Mason reports that Tsarnaev was seen on campus yesterday afternoon where he spoke with a friend, who said there was nothing out of the ordinary in their conversation.

Tamerlan -- the suspect seen in FBI photos released Thursday as wearing the black hat -- was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police during last night's pursuit. He was captured and rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he died at 1:35 a.m. Doctors said he had gunshot wounds and a blast injury. The wounds were throughout the trunk of the man's body, CBS Station WBZ reported.

Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of the suspects, told CBS Station WBZ "it absolutely devastated me," upon learning that his nephews had been named a suspect in the Marathon bombing. "It's not comprehendable, in our family."



Alvi Tsarni, another uncle of the suspects, told CBS News said he was shocked about learning news of his nephews. "It's not possible. My nephews can't do this stuff, there's no way," he said.

In Toronto, the suspects' aunt, Maret Tsarnev, told the CBC she was in disbelief after seeing the FBI's wanted photos this morning. "This cannot be true," she said. "If somebody wants to convince me, show me evidence. . . . I am suspicious this was staged -- this picture was staged," she said.


Gun battle in Watertown


The MIT shooting on the Cambridge campus Thursday night was followed by gunfire and explosions in Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston.


John Miller reports that the evening's events began with the robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Cambridge. It was originally reported that the two suspects were involved in the robbery; however, a spokeswoman for the Cambridge 7-Eleven on Massachusetts Avenue told CBS News that the robbery was unrelated.

Nonetheless, when an MIT police cruiser responding to a disturbance call entered the area, the suspects apparently feared they were being targeted.

"They encounter an MIT Police Officer, and rather than see, 'Is he going to follow us? Is he going to chase us?' it appears that they came up and engaged him, killed him in his police vehicle, took off," said Miller.

The MIT officer who had been responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night was ambushed and shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney's office and Cambridge police.

The officer, who was later pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital, was identified as 26-year-old Sean Collier.

The Middlesex district attorney's office said Collier was a Somerville resident who had worked at MIT since January 2012. Before that, he was a civilian employee of the Somerville Police Department.

Authorities said after the shooting, the two men rode off in a stolen police vehicle, then carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz, keeping him with them in the car for half an hour before releasing him at a gas station in Cambridge. The man, who was not injured, informed police of the carjackers.

The search for the vehicle led to a chase that ended in Watertown, where authorities said the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with police at about 1 a.m. Friday. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood and a helicopter circled overhead.


A transit police officer was seriously injured during the chase, authorities said.

Officer Richard Donohue, Jr., 33, was rushed to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, where he is in critical condition, reports WBZ.

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New details emerge on lives of Boston bombing suspects
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FBI releases video of 2 Boston bombing suspects
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Statement from Kaufman County Police


April 18, 2013   

Statement by DPS Director McCraw on Kaufman County Murders

AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw today made the following statement regarding the announcement that the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office has charged Eric Williams and Kim Williams in the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse:

“Today's announcement underscores the outstanding commitment by our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to aggressively track down and capture those cowards who would commit or contemplate such heinous acts. Because these despicable acts undermine the rule of law, we consider an attack on a public servant to be an attack on all Texans.”

“Numerous law enforcement and criminal justice agencies – notably the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Texas Rangers – have been tirelessly working together in this investigation, and have committed an extraordinary level of investigative resources to collect and analyze evidence, pursue leads, and identify the suspects now charged with carrying out the senseless and tragic murders of three innocent and brave Texans.”

“We have confidence that justice will be served in these cases, and our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia, Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, and the entire Kaufman County community.”
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West, Texas Explosion From Phone Cam
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Perry Releases Statement on West Texas

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the incident in West, Texas:

“We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene.”

Please follow our disaster page on the West, Texas Explosion. You will find information on donation locations, shelter information, medical assistance, how to donate blood and more.

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UPDATE: Black Bag Sought In Boston
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UPDATE: Statement Released In Arrest of Kim Williams
From the Kaufman County, Texas Sheriff's Office:
This release is to announce that an arrest has been made in connection with the shooting deaths of Mike McLelland, Cynthia McLelland, and Mark Hasse. Kim Lene Williams, 46, of Kaufman, has been arrested and charged with the offense of Capital Murder for her part in the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. McLelland and Mr. Hasse. She is being held in the Kaufman County Jail on $10,000,000 bond. A copy of the arrest warrant and affidavit will be provided with identifying numbers of Mrs. Williams redacted. Out of respect for the families of the victims during this time, we are not answering questions at this time until we can brief the family on the events of the past several days. A press conference will be held tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at a location that will be determined this afternoon.
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APD Offering Free Vin Etching, Thursday
The Austin Police Department's Auto Theft Interdiction Unit and the Region 4 District Representatives will be providing free VIN etching on vehicles on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ACC South Campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane.
The Austin Police Department, through the Auto Theft Interdiction Project, provides free VIN number etching for your vehicle. The etching is a permanent theft deterrent device applied to all the windows of your vehicle, and may result in a reduction in automobile insurance.
When the VIN number etchings are applied, thieves will see the etched windows and think twice about stealing your vehicle. As a result of the etching, thieves will have to replace every piece of glass on your vehicle before illegally selling it. This costs the thieves extra time and money, enough to make them move on to easier targets.

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New Wednesday: Slain Justice Wife, Arrested
Breaking: Kim Lene Williams, the wife of a former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with capital murder in relation to the deaths of Mike and Cynthia McLelland and Mark Hasse. She was taken into custody just before 3:00 a.m. and is being held on a $10 million bond.
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APD seeking public's assistance in ID'ing culprit
Date:  Friday, April 12, 2013
Time: Between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Location: North Austin area along North Lamar Blvd.
APD Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect that attempted to sexually assault two women in the North Austin area along N. Lamar Blvd. Both incidents occurred between Rundberg Ln. and Braker Ln. on Friday, April 12, 2013.
Both female victims were in public areas with their small children when the attacks occurred. The victims were able to fight off the suspect. The suspect fled the scene on foot. As a safety measure, female residents in this area should be aware of their surroundings, engage in outdoor activities and exercise with partners, family, or friends, and to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity, suspicious persons, or anyone fitting the suspect description below.
The suspect is described as:
  • Hispanic male
  • Estimated to be in his early 20’s
  • 5’4” to 5’07”
  • Thin build
  • Short black hair, one pierced ear
  • He was last seen wearing a light colored shirt and jeans with paint stains
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Sex Crimes Unit at 974-5095 or call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text to "Tip 103" + your message to C R I M E S. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest or charges being filed.

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APD Chief Issues Statement Concerning Boston Bombing
“The Austin Police Department, in coordination with our State and Federal partners, are closely monitoring the events surrounding the Boston Marathon.  Although there is no specific threat directed toward the Austin area, the department has been placed on a heightened operational status in response to this mass-casualty event,” said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.  “Residents are reminded to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity, items, vehicles or individuals to law enforcement. We urge all of our business and public entity partners to review their suspicious package and bomb threat procedures with all of their employees.”

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UPDATE: Details on how bombs were constructed
A law enforcement source tells CBS News one of the explosive devices--the one found near the Starbucks--appears to have been placed in a metal pressure cooker (a metal kitchen pot with a locked down top) which had been placed in a black nylon bag or backpack. Investigators also found pieces of an electronic circuit board possibly indicating a timer was used in the detonation of the bomb.
Both explosive devices consisted of low order explosive (where you get the big boom and some damage but not the high pressure waves which would create a crater and blowout out windows.) and nails and ball bearings.
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TONIGHT: A&M Looks To Extend Midweek Streak

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Aggies travel to Huntsville for a 6:30 pm game at Sam Houston State Bearkats. The Aggies are looking to remain perfect in midweek contests in 2013. The Maroon and White are 10-0 on the season in games played on Tuesday and Wednesday, outscoring opponents 65-21. Blake Allemand enters the fray with a career-long nine-game hit streak.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (21-16, 6-9 SEC) at SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS (20-15, 8-4, Southland)
Don Sanders Stadium (1,163) • Huntsville, Texas

SCHEDULE - Tuesday, 6:30 pm
RADIO - WTAW-AM 1620 (Dave South, play-by-play)
LIVE VIDEO – (with premium subscription)
RANKINGS - A&M - unranked • SHSU - unranked
SERIES HISTORY - Texas A&M Leads 86-37-2
SERIES STREAK - Texas A&M is on a two-game win streak

• Tuesday – Grayson Long (Fr., RHP, 3-1, 3.48 ERA) vs Tyler Eppler (So., RHP, 3-2, 3.41 ERA)

Blake Allemand enters Tuesday’s game with a career-long nine-game hit streak. Over the span, he’s batting .412 (14-for-34) with nine runs and three RBI. He also has five walks and a .475 on-base percentage. The stretch includes four multiple-hit games, including a three-hit game against UTSA.

With the Aggies’ midweek win over Houston Baptist on March 12, head coach Rob Childress reached the 300-win plateau for his career. Childress owns a 310-169-2 record, all as the skipper of the Aggies. He trails only Mark Johnson (876 - 1985-2005) and Tom Chandler (660 - 1959-84) on A&M’s career win list.

This marks the 126th meeting between the squads, with the Aggies owning an 86-37-2 edge in the all-time series. Texas A&M owns a 17-1-1 edge in the last 18 meetings, dating back to 2002. The series has been off-and-on since 1950. With the exception of 2007, the squads have played at least once a year since 1984. Last season, Texas A&M registered a 10-0 win in Huntsville. Daniel Mengden (7.0 IP), Corey Ray (1.0 IP) and Parker Ray (1.0 IP) combined on the six-hit shutout. Mikey Reynolds went 4-for-4 and Blake Allemand, Mitchell Nau and Troy Stein each had two hits for the Aggies. Last week, the Maroon and White registered a 4-1 win over the Bearkats. In the win, Stein went 3-for-4 with one double, one home run and four RBI. Ray earned the victory, pitching 6.0 scoreless innings, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out two.

Sam Houston State enters the fray with a 20-13 overall record and they own a 8-4 mark in Southland Conference play. The Bearkats are coming off dropping a weekend series to Lamar, losing the Friday and Sunday games.. Sam Houston State has been deadly during midweek action with two wins over nationally-ranked Rice and one win apiece over nationally-ranked Texas and Houston. The Bearkats also split a two-game midweek set with the Baylor Bears.

As a team, the Bearkats have a .289 batting average paced by Jessie Plumlee with a .386 average, five doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI in 29 games (24 starts). Kevin Miller (.346) and Carter Burgess (.326) are also hitting over .320. Miller has 24 runs and 15 RBI in 34 games and Burgess has 21 runs, six doubles, three triples and 18 RBI in 35 games. 

The pitching staff owns a 4.14 ERA and is holding opponents to a .232 batting average with 266 strikeouts in 304.0 innings. Tuesday’s probable starter Tyler Eppler is 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA and holding foes to a .226 batting average. Closer Jason Simms is 1-1 with four saves and a 2.48 ERA in 15 appearances.

The Bearkats won the 2012 Southland Conference regular-season title and made their seventh NCAA Division I Championship appearance (all since 1987). Sam Houston State also played in three consecutive NCAA Division II Championships (1984-86) before moving up to Division I.

Sam Houston State boasts 11 former players who have gone on to play in the Major Leagues. The group is headlined by 10-year veteran and 1985 NL All-Star Outfielder Glenn Wilson and 11-year veteran and starting second baseman for the 1969 World Series Champion Amazin’ Mets Ken Boswell.

After going 0-for-17 in his first six games (the Aggies first eight games), Allemand has batted .320 (32-for-100) with five doubles, one home run and 17 RBI in the last 29 games. The 17 RBI during the span is a team-high. Even when he wasn’t hitting, Allemand was able to get on-base enough to score five runs in the first six games, drawing five walks and getting hit by two pitches for a .292 on-base percentage. His on-base percentage the last 29 games is .430 with 16 walks and four HBP. 

Player          AVG  GP-GS   AB   R   H  RBI  SLG%  BB HBP  SO   OB%  SH  SB-ATT 
First 6 games  .000   6-6    17   5   0    0  .000   5  2    7  .292   2   3-3
Last 21 games  .320  29-29  100  16  32   17  .400  16  4   12  .430   4   7-9 

After going without a hit in his first 15 games (A&M’s first 24), including four starts, Brandon Wood has caught fire the last 13 games. Since the second game of the Sunday Ole Miss doubleheader, Wood is hitting .348 (16-for-46) with seven runs, two doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI. He also owns a .404 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage over the span. The stretch includes a pair of three-hit games. In the first 24 games of the season, he went 0-for-12, but did manage to post a .333 on-base percentage with five walks and one hit-by-pitch.

Player           AVG  GP-GS  AB  R   H  RBI  SLG%  BB HBP  SO   OB%  SH  SB-ATT 
First 24 games  .000  15-4   12  4   0    0  .000   5  1    4  .333   1   2-2
Last 13 games   .419  13-13  46  7  16    6  .500   6  1   12  .404   2   1-2 

Kyle Martin ranks third on A&M’s career list with 87 appearances. He’s chasing Kyle Thebeau’s record of 103 appearances between 2006-09. Estevan Uriegas (2009-12) ranks second with 100 appearances.

With 13 stolen bases on the year, junior OF Krey Bratsen moved into third place on the Aggie career stolen base charts with 65. Jason Tyner owns the school record with 118 from 1996-98. Chuck Knoblauch (1987-89) is next on the list with 83 steals.

Bratsen stole 31 bases as a freshman, the seventh-best season in school history. Last season, Bratsen racked up 21 stolen bases.

The Aggies are 10-0 in midweek action this season, winning the games by a combined margin of 65-21. The pitching staff owns a 1.70 ERA, holding foes to a .211 batting average. Grayson Long (3-0), Corey Ray (3-0) and Rafael Pineda (1-0) have accounted for all the midweek starts on the mound. Troy Stein (.450), Jonathan Moroney (.391) Mikey Reynolds (.381), Cole Lankford (.345), Daniel Mengden (.343) and Mitchell Nau are all hitting .330 or better. Cole Lankford is hitting .345 with two doubles, two triples and nine RBI. Mengden, Reynolds and Mitchell Nau have seven RBI apiece. Stein (.522) and Blake Allemand (.512) both have on-base percentages of .500 or higher.

Jason Jester has been solid as the Aggies’ closer this season, going 9-for-10 in save situations. He is 2-1 with eight saves and a 3.08 ERA on the season. He has allowed just five earned runs in 26.1 innings of work over 19 appearances, scattering 20 hits and six walks while striking out 26. He is holding opponents to a .204 batting average.

The Aggies are on pace for a school-record sacrifice bunts. With 45 bunts through 37 games, A&M is on pace for 68 sac bunts for the year. The school record is 55 in 2011. Last year, the Aggies put down 50 sacrifice bunts. Krey Bratsen leads the squad with 14 sacrifice bunts. He had 19 as a freshman and eight as a sophomore. Charlie Curl has added 10 and Blake Allemand has six.

Batters leading off an inning are hitting .335 (93-for-278) with 14 doubles, four triples, four home runs and a .409 on-base percentage. Daniel Mengden has a .667 on-base percentage, going 9-for-16 (.563) with four walks and one hit-by-pitch, one double and two home runs to lead the way. Jace Statum owns a .524 on-base percentage going 5-for-15 (.333) at the plate with six walks in 21 plate appearances. Mikey Reynolds owns a .525 on-base percentage, going 25-for-54 (.463) with five walks and two HBP. Cole Lankford owns a .448 on-base percentage leading off innings, going 11-for-27 (.407) with three doubles, one triple, one walk and one HBP.

Grayson Long is making his seventh career start ... He’s been potent in a starting role to date, going 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA and 31 strikeouts over 31.0 innings in his six prior starts ... In his first-ever weekend start, he allowed just one hit in 5.2 innings in a no-decision against No. 13 South Carolina ... Two weeks ago, he went 5.1 scoreless innings with two hits, two walks and two strikeouts to earn a win against Dallas Baptist ... He also earned a win against Prairie View A&M (5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) and Texas Southern (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).

Mikey Reynolds current streak of reaching base via base hit, walk or hit-by-pitch at least once in 36 consecutive games is the third-longest active streak in the nation. Troy’s Logan Pierce has a 40-game streak, which includes two games in 2012, to lead the nation. Charlotte’s Corbin Shive has a 37-game streak, but he has yet to play in 2013 due to injury. After going hitless but reaching via a walk in the season opener, Reynolds went on a career-long 22-game hit streak. He has hit safely in 32 of 35 games. He is hitting .394 on the season with a .456 on-base percentage, 26 runs, eight doubles, 17 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

Cole Lankford has been playing his best collegiate baseball as of late. In his last 21 games (the Aggies’ last 26 games), Lankford is batting .414 (36-for-87) with 11 multiple hit games, seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 16 RBI. In the weekend series at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton, he went 6-for-13 with five RBI. In the series finale against Georgia, Lankford came up just a single shy of hitting for the cycle going 3-for-5 with three runs, one double, one triple, one home run and one RBI. In the series finale against No. 6 Ole Miss, Lankford keyed the Aggies comeback, going 2-for-4 with one double and two runs scored. He batted 5-for-11 against South Carolina, including three hits in the series opener. Lankford batted 7-for-14 with two doubles and two RBI in the three-game series against Auburn. He has six three-hit games in his last 21 contests.

Lankford is currently on a 10-game hit streak, the longest of his career. Lankford is batting .450 (18-for-40) with three doubles and five RBI over the span.

The Aggies continue the eight-game road swing with a three-game series at Arkansas starting on Friday.

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UPDATE: Police Give Updates on Initial Findings
A law enforcement official tells CBS News that the two bombs that exploded in Boston were made to look like discarded property. It is still unknown if one or both bombs were in garbage cans. One may have been on the sidewalk.
The bombs are described as "low explosive, but with "anti-personnel" packing. This is consistent with doctors reporting shrapnel pulled from victims. This law enforcement official tells us that there were apparently things like bb's, ball bearings and nails in the bombs.
While the explosions were fairly large, the bombs were made of "low explosives." Right now bomb experts do not think that plastic explosives were involved.
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Video of Boston Marathon explosion
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Weekend Update: Fire Ruled Accidental (KVUE)
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)-- Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel did almost everything right in Texas A&M's spring game on Saturday.

43 - 23
Kyle Field • College Station
Attendance: 45,212 • Temperature: 75˚
  1 2 3 4  
Maroon 19 21 0 3 43
White 4 10 3 6 23
 Individual Statistics
RUSHING -- T Williams 7-67, B Williams 7-59, Manziel 3-18, Malena 3-12, Carson 6-11, Dolezal 2-9, Joeckel 2-2, Davis 5-(minus 11).
PASSING -- Manziel 24-30-0 303, Davis 7-12-0 112, Joeckel 8-21-0 88.
RECEIVING -- L Williams 7-105, Walker 5-79, Evans 5-73, Pope 5-45, J Williams 3-43, Niederhofer 2-38, B Williams 3-29, T Williams 2-24, Holmes 2-24, Clear 1-19, Carson 2-14.
PUNTING -- Kaser 7-44.1.
FIELD GOALS -- Bertolet 41 good, 34 good, 34 good.
RETURNS-- Dolezal 2-51.

Well, everything except for giving the coaching staff a few new gray hairs by throwing his body into a block of safety Sam Moeller to help free Brandon Williams for a touchdown.

"I told Johnny, 'Don't ever do that again,'" offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney said. "His instincts came into effect. He wanted to go and block for the guy. But we're in the spring game; we don't need to lose him on a busted play. We don't want to see that."

Manziel threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns to lead the maroon team over the white team 43-23. Manziel looked sharp, completing 24 of 30 passes, with a long throw of 60 yards. He sat down after one series in the second half. Manziel and the first-team offense played against the second-team defense.

The Aggies are coming off an 11-2 record in their first season in the SEC after moving from the Big 12. Manziel led the Aggies to a win at national champion Alabama, and became the first freshman to win the award and A&M's first Heisman winner since 1957.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was impressed with Manziel's work this spring.

"He continued to improve," Sumlin said. "What you saw today — it was improvement in the pocket. He wasn't very sloppy when he took off and ran. He got out of the pocket and wasn't careless with the ball. That's what we're working on."

Manziel ran three times for 18 yards on Saturday.

Excitement over the Aggies is high after last year's big season, with the game, which was televised on ESPN, drawing a spring record 45,212 fans.

Manziel propelled himself into the legs of Moeller on a play where Williams took a short pass from him on one side of the field and dashed to the other side and just past the block into the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Manziel knew it was a mistake as soon as he made the block.

"They were just more worried about me being safe and being more careful than anything," Manziel said of his coaches. "I went up and apologized to Sam after it. The way that I am and the way that my motor drives me, it was just an instinct play."

Williams received a penalty on the touchdown for a hip gyrating dance after the score, one of several unsportsmanlike conduct penalties the Aggies received for touchdown celebration penalties. Manziel said he explained to the referees why they were over-celebrating in a spring game.

"I told them ... 'we're going to celebrate every time. We don't get to be on ESPN for a spring game like this every day. So we might as well have fun with it and get the recruits to have fun.' Everybody is here to have fun. It's spring ball. It's been a grind. It's the last day to go out and really show that we've been working, so we were going to have fun with it regardless."

Manziel said he will spend some time next month working with quarterback guru George Whitfield in San Diego. He'll then return to College Station to take some classes this summer.

He said he wants to continue fine-tuning his mechanics to improve this season. He worked with Whitfield last summer, but said this time will be different.

"It's more serious this time around," he said. "It's almost personal with all the stuff that's kind of being tossed around about my arm strength and this and that. It's getting kind of personal to me and so we're going to get after it."

He waved his hand dismissively when asked if he's worried about a sophomore slump or Heisman hangover this year. Manziel threw for more than 3,700 yards and added more than 1,400 yards on the ground last year to win the award.

He said Whitfield told him before the Alabama game last season to be a dragon slayer. This season he has a new dragon on the horizon.

"Now there's a big dragon out there for us with all the people who are doubting A&M, all the people who are doubting me that last year was a fluke," Manziel said. "So that's a chip on my shoulder and that's a dragon I need to slay this year."

Williams had seven carries for 59 yards and a touchdown. Trey Williams added seven carries for 67 yards and another score. LeKendrick Williams had seven receptions for 105 yards.

Manziel raved about Brandon Williams and A&M's depth at running back.

"He's impressive," Manziel said of Brandon Williams. "He works hard and he's one of my favorite people on the entire team. You have Ben (Malena) who is a workhorse, and then you've got Trey Williams who is just a freak of an athlete and Tra Carson. They all run different packages and they're all competing with each other to see who's on the field more. It's rare to see that."


1st 10:20  M    Bertolet 41 FG                                    3-0
     8:40    W  fourth-down stop                                  3-3
     7:49  M    Walker 1 pass from Manziel (Bertolet kick)       10-3
     2:44  M    B Williams 1 run (PAT missed)                    16-3
     1:30    W  forced punt                                      16-4
     0:21  M    Bertolet 34 FG                                   19-4
2nd 11:30  M    Pope 13 pass from Manziel (Bertolet kick)        26-4
    10:00    W  sack                                             26-6
     9:30    W  forced punt                                      26-7
     7:19    W  sack                                             26-9
     5:17  M    B Williams 10 pass from Manziel (Bertolet kick)  33-9
     5:13    W  sack                                             33-11
     3:41    W  forced punt                                      33-12
     1:13  M    T Williams 23 run (Bertolet kick)                40-12
     0:18    W  sack                                             40-14
3rd  7:56    W  forced punt                                      40-15
     6:14    W  forced punt                                      40-16
     2:42    W  forced punt                                      40-17

4th 10:00    W  forced punt                                      40-18
     7:19    W  fourth-down stop                                 40-21
     3:30    W  sack                                             40-23
     2:56  M    Bertolet 34 FG                                   43-23
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Crunch time: Tax deadline is Monday

Crunch time: Tax deadline is Monday

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Google Fiber Shows Why It Love Austin
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Bus crash kills 2, injures dozens near Texas airport

IRVING, TEXASA chartered bus overturned on a highway just east of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, killing two passengers, reports CBS Station KTVT.

More than 30 people were injured when the bus tipped on its side in the center median shortly after 9:00 a.m., along President George Bush Turnpike, near Belt Line Road in Irving.

State Trooper Kyle Bradford told KTVT that 34 people were on the bus when it crashed. One person pinned in the wreckage was removed; Trooper Bradford was still trying to confirm the condition of that individual.

Emergency workers used emergency exits on top of the bus to pull passengers from within the vehicle.

KTVT reports two passengers died, according to officials on the scene.

For entire story, visit our national news affiliate, CBS.

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OVERNIGHT: One Person Dead After Being Hit By Train
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AT&T Will Compete with Google Fiber in '14

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) said today that it is pleased to see local communities and municipalities acknowledging the promise and power of economic development associated with telecommunications investment. 

“Most encouraging is the recognition by government officials that policies which eliminate unnecessary regulation, lower costs and speed infrastructure deployment, can be a meaningful catalyst to additional investment in advanced networks which drives employment and economic growth,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO.   

Today, AT&T announced that in conjunction with its previously announced Project VIP expansion of broadband access, it is prepared to build an advanced fiber optic infrastructure in Austin, Texas, capable of delivering speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.  AT&T’s expanded fiber plans in Austin anticipate it will be granted the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope of offerings, rights of way, permitting, state licenses and any investment incentives. This expanded investment is not expected to materially alter AT&T’s anticipated 2013 capital expenditures.

AT&T consistently invests in U.S. communities -- $98 billion in capital in the past five years, more than any other public company -- and remains committed to working with any metropolitan community to reach agreement on incentives to improve the climate and speed of overall telecommunications infrastructure investment – facilitating both wired and wireless broadband access. Our potential capital investment will depend on the extent we can reach satisfactory agreements.


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Boy Scout Saves Austin Man's Life
On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 3:02 a.m., Austin Police responded to a check welfare call in the 6100 block of Fairway Street at the Fairway Village Apartments. The caller believed that a downstairs neighbor, who is disabled, was in distress and called 911. 
A 10 year-old boy, Hunter Aguilar, who is in Austin visiting family, heard three distinct whistle blows and alerted his father. Hunter is currently a Boy Scout of America, serving the Aquila District in Des Moines, Washington. Based on his training in the Boys Scouts, Hunter recognized the whistle blows to be a universal sign of distress.  Due to Hunter’s training, quick thinking and good decision making the disabled resident received quick medical care. 
Hunter will be recognized by the Austin Police Department on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Austin Bergstrom International Airport by the Alaska Air counter.  He will be awarded a certificate of appreciation by APD Commander Fred Fletcher.             
Media Advisory:  Cmdr. Fred Fletcher, Hunter and his family will be available for an interview at ABIA.

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UPDATE: Texas Slasher 'Daydreamed' About Stabbing People
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Jaime Padron Substation Dedication and Memorial Garden Unveiling
On the one-year anniversary of his death, the Austin Police Department will rename its North Substation to the Jaime Padron Substation and unveil a memorial garden on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron was shot and killed by a suspect on April 6, 2012 at a Walmart on IH-35. Two Walmart employees tackled the suspect, held him down and used Officer Padron's radio to notify dispatchers of the shooting. Responding units arrived to take the suspect into custody; he was subsequently charged with Capital Murder.
Jaime Padron Substation Dedication and Memorial Garden Unveiling
Saturday, April 6, 2013
10 a.m.
APD North Substation
12425 Lamplight Village Ave.
Itinerary for the event: 
10 a.m.            Memorial Garden Unveiling
 10:20 a.m.      APD Pipe and Drum/Presentation of the Colors
10:30 a.m.       Benediction by Pastor Rick Randall
10:35 a.m.       Dedication Ceremony to include remarks by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, members of the Austin City Council, City Manager Marc Ott, Police Chief Art Acevedo and a Padron family member. Commander Mark Spangler will serve as emcee.
10:50 a.m.       Plaque Unveiling/Pipe and Drum Corps music

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APD Reports Most Stolen Vehicles (March 2013)
Information obtained from APD Property Crime Statistics 2013 Quarter 1 (January 1, 2013 to March 31, 2013)

Auto Thefts to Date (2012) - 558

This Year to Date (2013) - 544 (-3% drop from last year)
Major patterns for auto thefts during the month of March 2013 were:
Trucks: 29 cases, up from 26 the month of February
Hondas: 16 cases (mid 90’s), same as in February
Motorcycles: 8 cases, up from 5 during the month of February
In 45% of auto thefts, keys were used to steal the vehicles (keys left in vehicle, lost keys, etc)
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Rutgers Fires Head Coach Over Actions
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