• January 27, 2015

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Killeen cancer support group meets today

A Killeen cancer support group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today in room 122 at the Metroplex Medical Plaza, 2201 S. Clear Creek Road, the corner of Bell Tower and Clear Creek.

Police blotter

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3 charged with Cove robbery and making a bomb threat

COPPERAS COVE — Three men are in custody for their alleged role in an armed robbery and bomb threat.

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3 charged with Cove robbery and making a bomb threat

COPPERAS COVE — Three men are in custody for their alleged role in an armed robbery and bomb threat.

Killeen woman charged in string of robberies

A woman is behind bars for her alleged role in a string of armed robberies in Killeen.

Killeen cops: 4 weekend robberies are connected

Killeen experienced a spate of armed robberies over the weekend.

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Belton math teacher is also international basketball agent

BELTON — Students in Belton High School’s Room B07 are seated in rows of desks, vigorously taking notes. At the front of the class, a tall young teacher, Alex Ihler, writes on the whiteboard, working out problems the students missed on their last Algebra 2 quiz.

Temple High School students to show tech skills at state Capitol

TEMPLE — A handful of Temple High School seniors and freshmen will have a chance to show their tech skills at the state Capitol on Monday as part of the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse event.

Belton ISD homeless enrollment grows

BELTON — Hard to notice to the untrained eye are the homeless students who comprise a portion of every public school district’s enrollment.

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Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — For years, ex-CIA case officer Jeffrey Sterling was the one under indictment but prosecutors' primary focus of pursuit was journalist Jeffrey Risen.

Vandalism: No solo tourists in New Orleans' oldest cemetery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A historic New Orleans cemetery that may have started New Orleans' tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated vandalism among the tombs, the Roman Catholic archdiocese that owns the property has announced.

The latest on the Northeast snowstorm

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Belton officials studying water meter proposal

BELTON — Although members of the City Council are not scheduled to vote on a proposal to replace the city’s 6,200 water meters until February, the estimated $4.5 million expense is the talk of City Hall.

Killeen council set to vote on buying solid waste vehicles

The Killeen City Council is set to vote tonight on purchasing vehicles for its solid waste division, increasing a contract to renovate its future technology services facility and setting the speed limit in the school zone near Fowler Elementary School.

Students ‘attend’ Texas Capitol Schoolhouse

AUSTIN — Eighteen-year-old Wesley Johnson joined about five other Temple Independent School District students at a small blue booth in the Texas Capitol on Monday.

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County suspends home purchase program over lava concerns

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Uncertainty over a lava flow in a mostly agricultural region of Hawaii's Big Island has prompted officials to put a hold on a program that allows a county agency to buy homes near a geothermal power plant.

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water.

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Gun, school choice rallies on tap at Texas Legislature

AUSTIN — New Gov. Greg Abbott skipped the annual Texas Right to Life march and rally at the state Capitol on Saturday — a favorite event of his predecessor Rick Perry— but sent his wife, Cecilia, the state’s first Hispanic first lady.

Texas high court agrees to hear public school finance case, sets timetable

AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear the state’s gargantuan, multiyear school finance case — and set a timetable that ensures there won’t be a decision until after the legislative session ends in June.

Texas Senate Democrats lose clout

With a new lieutenant governor installed for the first time in over a decade Wednesday — and over the cries of Democrats — the Texas Senate voted to break from an almost 70-year tradition intended to encourage compromise among its 31 members.

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Heights examines options for future widening of FM 2410

HARKER HEIGHTS —— Although the bridge-widening project of Farm-to-Market 2410 is nearing completion, widening the rest of the road could be a few years away.

Woman struck, killed by vehicle in Gatesville identified

GATESVILLE — Police identified an elderly woman who was struck and killed by a car Saturday night. Police said the woman, 73-year-old Gladys Yvonne Siewert, was stuck while attempting to cross a road in the 2100 block of East Main Street about 7 p.m.

HOP bus route a no-go for Cove to Gatesville

GATESVILLE — After conducting research with major employers in the area, the Coryell County Economic Development Board decided not to pursue a HOP bus route between Copperas Cove and Gatesville on Farm-to-Market 116.

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‘Potentially historic’ storm headed for Northeast

NEW YORK — A winter that has largely spared the Northeast thus far is about to arrive with gusto: A storm the National Weather Service called “potentially historic” could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Connecticut.

Clear skies expected until weekend

Forecasters predict sunshine and mild temperatures for the coming days, with highs reaching the high 60s and lower 70s for most of the week.

Warmer weather expected throughout week

Residents in the Killeen area will see a period of warm weather this week, forecasters with the National Weather Service said Saturday.

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Aer Lingus backs takeover, needs Irish government support

DUBLIN (AP) — Aer Lingus said Tuesday it supports a takeover bid by British Airways parent IAG, putting the Irish national airline with its trademark shamrock tailfins on course for foreign acquisition nine years after its privatization.

Gunmen at Libyan luxury hotel take hostages; 3 guards dead

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen stormed a luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners Tuesday, killing at least three guards and taking hostages, a security official said.

Oxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The development agency Oxfam says rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola outbreak.

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