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Impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s second corruption trial is underway in Chicago, with nearly all the same evidence as the first trial, just packaged and presented in a whole new way.

Potential jurors called in for possible duty filled out lengthy questionnaires that help prosecutors and defense lawyers weed out anyone with strong biases for or against Blagojevich.  Jury selection is expected to take at least a week.

Since Blagojevich’s first trial ended last year with jurors deadlocked on all but one count of lying to the FBI, federal prosecutors have simplified their case and dropped complex charges to address previous jurors’ complaints that the evidence was too difficult to follow.

Blagojevich still faces 20 charges, including allegations he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash or a top job.

Blagojevich already could get up to five years in prison for the lying conviction at the first trial, and the stakes are as high as ever this time.  A conviction on just one offense could mean a decade or more behind bars.

via Blagojevich trial to begin with jury questions.

Blagojevich has become a high profile media personality since his first trial last year.  The former contestant on TV’s “Celebrity Apprentice” recently said he looked forward to the chance to try and prove his innocence.

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Lost Texas Dog Shows Up in Indiana

When a dog gets out of the yard and doesn't come back, you never think perhaps he's safe and sound, 1100 miles away.

One Texas dog made it all the way to Indiana.

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Man With A Gun Causes Scare At East Texas Walmart

A customer saw a man with a gun last Friday night at the Walmart in Sulphur Springs, and it turns out he had been driving a stolen pickup.  It turned out okay, but could have been much worse.

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WrestleMania Is Coming To Texas

WrestleMania is the biggest event of the year for the WWE, and AT&T Stadium in Arlington gets the chance to host it in 2016.

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What Does a Lifetime’s Worth of Pennies Get You? Not Much.

There's a man who lives over by Lubbock who has been saving pennies since 1952 and finally cashed them in.  You'll never guess how much cash he got for this lifetime of pennies.

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Bradley Cooper Stops in Texas to Promote New Film

On Thursday actor Bradley Cooper found out he was nominated for Hollywood's biggest honor, an Oscar.  And the night before that he was in Texas, hanging out at an average, ordinary theater, to promote the film he's nominated for.

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Some Customized License Plates May Be Discontinued

It's a matter of demand.

If there are only a dozen or so people ordering certain customized license plates in Texas, it doesn't justify the cost to keep them going. Which ones are in jeopardy?

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Texas BBQ Master Gets To Cook on Inauguration Day

When there's a big party in Texas, chances are there's barbecue involved.  And one well-known Texas smokehouse is handling all the food for the Governor's inauguration soon.

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Lots Of People Moved to Texas Last Year

There was a huge number of people who left states like New York and New Jersey last year, and Texas received a bunch of them.

When it comes to states people moved to in 2014, Texas is in the Top 10.

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You Don’t Have To Be Wasted To Get A DWI

If you're drinkin' on New Year's Eve, you're not drivin' right?

Heads up that there will be extra patrols on the roads watching tonight.  And it's not just drunk driving that will get you in trouble.  Buzzed driving can have you seeing flashing lights too.

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New Device for Christmas? Check Out These Free Apps.

If you got a new smart phone for Christmas, you might be looking for the best apps to load it up.

Free ones, right?  Free is always good.  Here are some ideas.

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