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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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Accident Victim Was A Teen On Her Way To Freshman Orientation at SFA

 

A bad accident Wednesday night claimed the life of an Austin woman, and Stephen F Austin said she was on her way to freshman orientation.

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Governor Perry Is Sending Troops To The Texas-Mexico Border

Governor Rick Perry announced Monday he was sending a thousand troops to the border with Mexico to combat the border crisis, and said that process will happen over the next month.

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Malaysian Passenger Jet With 295 Onboard Crashes Near Ukraine-Russia Border [UPDATED]

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Watch Stuart Scott’s Heartbreaking Speech at the ESPYs [VIDEO]

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Texas Judge Arrested for DWI

Late Saturday night, Nora Longoria, a justice with the 13th Court of Appeals in McAllen was arrested and charged with suspicion of DWI. 

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Thousands Help Lone Survivor After Her Family Is Killed in Spring, TX

After her family was killed execution style last Wednesday near Houston, people are coming out in droves to help the 15-year old sole survivor.

Cassidy Stay's parents and four siblings were killed in the shootings at their home, but Cassidy survived after a bullet grazed her head and she played dead until the violence ended. Now almost $300,000 has been raised for her benefit, as she starts her new life without her family.

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Lone Ranger Outfit Brings In Big Bucks at Texas Auction

The family of a late businessman and collector decided to put the original Lone Ranger outfit on the auction block, and it brought in $195,000 at the auction in Waco Saturday.

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Three Weeks Left To Nominate a Lufkin Small Business Of The Year

Do you have a favorite ice cream shop, burger joint, lawn service or barber?  Tell everyone about them!

Now is the time to nominate your favorite Mom or Pop shop for Small Business of the Year with the Lufkin Chamber of Commerce.

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Game Wardens Have Been Targeting Lakes Looking for Drunk Boaters

If one of your favorite things to do during the summer is pack some frosty beverages on ice and head to the lake, be safe when you hop on the boat!

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Facebook Deletes Hunting Pics Posted By Texas Tech Cheerleader

Pictures on Texas Tech Cheerleader Kendall Jones' Facebook page went viral recently, and now Facebook has deleted some of them.

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