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Lufkin Police Need Your Help in Finding ‘Animals’ Stolen in Commercial Burglary

Attention East Texas:

Be on the lookout for nearly $4,000 worth of taxidermied animals that were stolen from a Lufkin building under construction in the 1900 block of Denman Avenue.

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Should Police Departments Be Allowed to Use Unmanned Drones? — Survey of the Day

Recently, Congress directed the FAA to revise its safety regulations on unmanned aircraft, clearing the way for more domestic use of drones. This would mean, among other things, that local police departments would be freer to use drones for surveillance.

While having a movable eye in the sky would clearly aid the cops in some of their duties, it also presents civil-liberties issues.  According to a new survey of 1,006 adults from the Associated Press-National Constitution Center , the public is split on whether police departments should have this new tool.

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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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TxDOT Watching for Labor Day Drunk Driving

The Texas Department of Transportation says it is working overtime to continue its month-long crack down on drinking and driving over the Labor Day weekend.  TxDOT’s “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail” Campaign began August 19th and goes through Tuesday September 5th.

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Texas Prison Population Shrinking

It's true.  The Austin American-Statesman reports the total population of the state's 111 prisons is now 154,000 — down 2,500 from two years ago when it was 156,500, give or take.

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Cops Bust Huge Marijuana Farm in Polk County

The Polk County Enterprise reports that more than 100 law enforcement officers from federal, state and local agencies moved in and shut down the biggest marijuana farm any of them had ever seen last week.

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Update: Giffords Approves Shooter Guilty Plea

The Houston Chronicle reports former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband have no problem with a plea bargain for the man who's accused of shooting her and many others at a public meeting in Tuscon last year.  Six people were killed and 14 others, including Giffords, were wounded

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Humongous Gang Drug Bust in Henderson

How humongous was it?  The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports more than 150 law officers from half a dozen local, state and federal agencies using armored vehicles and helicopters raided a house in Henderson and arrested 11 members of the infamous Crips drug gangs.

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