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source: U.S. Navy Historical Center
source: U.S. Navy Historical Center
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Scientists Explore Civil War Wreck off Galveston

The Houston Chronicle reports the Union Navy's USS Hatteras was sent to the bottom on January 11, 1863, about 20 miles from Galveston. The Hatteras went down while the rest of the Union fleet bombarded the Confederate Garrison on Galveston Island.

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via Facebook/Pray for Katy Hayes
via Facebook/Pray for Katy Hayes
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Kingwood Woman Getting Double Arm Transplant

The Houston Chronicle reports a Kingwood woman who lost both arms and both legs after a massive infection is in line to become the first in the country to get double arm transplants above the elbow.

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via Facebook/Christine Ha
via Facebook/Christine Ha
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Blind UH Student Wins MasterChef Reality Show

Who hasn't heard someone say they can do something better than you blind-folded?  Well, a University of Houston graduate student has done just that, in a manner of speaking, but she didn't need to be blind-folded.

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via Flickr/DAlalou
via Flickr/DAlalou
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Prisons Find Legal Way to Block Cell Phones

No matter how annoying many people are with their cellphones, we can't stop them because it's illegal to jam radio signals. Cellphones smuggled to prison inmates are also a serious problem, but the Lufkin News reports Texas prisons are getting electronic help to fight cell phone calls -- legally.

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via Flickr/forwardstl
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Killer Gets Sex Change at Taxpayer Expense

It's reported that a federal judge in Massachusetts has ordered state prison officials  to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate who is serving life in prison for murder.

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via Flickr/Sam Howzit
via Flickr/Sam Howzit
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Bryan Man Facing Flag Desecration Charges

We don't hear much about flag desecration anywhere these days, much less here in east Texas, but we have one from Crockett.  The Houston County Courier has the story of a man who was arrested and charged with desecrating the United States flag.

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Allen ISD Opens $60 Million Dollar Football Stadium

Taxpayers in a school district outside Dallas are now the proud owners of one of the most expensive high school football stadiums in the country.  The Allen ISD's Eagle Stadium is a gleaming $60 million facility with seats for 18,000 fans, a 38-foot-wide high-definition video screen, a towering upper deck, and, oh yes, corporate sponsors.

Welcome to the new home of Eagles Football.

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Seven People Charged With Fishing Fraud

Yes there is such a thing as "fishing fraud", and people who're caught doing it are in a heap of trouble.  The Brownsville Herald reports that's what seven people learned when fishing tournament judges caught them at it on South Padre island earlier this month.

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