• January 25, 2015

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1-24-2015 Police blotter

Area police reports indicated:

Man, 19, accused of hitting KPD officer with car behind bars

The man who hit a Killeen police officer with his car during a high-speed chase is in jail and facing a felony charge.

‘Invisible track’ straight shot to local history

Between Temple and Belton was the safest road in Texas — the so-called “invisible track highway.” In the six years of its existence, drivers on this nine-mile stretch were neither killed nor wrecked.

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Man, 19, accused of hitting KPD officer with car behind bars

The man who hit a Killeen police officer with his car during a high-speed chase is in jail and facing a felony charge.

Man arrested, charged with intoxication manslaughter

TEMPLE — A Temple man claiming he was asleep in the back seat of a vehicle involved in the Nov. 6 accident that killed 23-year-old Ryan David Williams of Temple was arrested Wednesday and charged with intoxication manslaughter with a motor vehicle, a Temple police news release said.

Cove man gets life in prison for child sex abuse

A Copperas Cove man was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

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CTC board OKs expansion into Gillespie County

Central Texas College is one step closer to expanding its student body as officials crossed more T’s and dotted more I’s at their regular monthly meeting Thursday.

Killeen students learn about La Salle’s ship during trip to Austin

AUSTIN — Gazing into a portal of history, Killeen seventh-graders glimpsed images of Texas and even hints of themselves.

Gatesville begins search for new school chief

GATESVILLE — The Gatesville Independent School District board of trustees on Thursday began the search for a new superintendent, setting Aug. 3 as the start date so the new administrator could work a month with outgoing Superintendent Stewart Speer.

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Dead whale found at Seattle dock struck by ship propeller

SEATTLE (AP) — A 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle died earlier this week because it was struck by the propeller of a large vessel, according to the initial results of a necropsy completed Saturday.

Balloon crew aiming to break records finally launches

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After experiencing delays earlier this month, an international team aiming to break two major ballooning records finally launched a helium-filled balloon in Japan.

Winter's 1st big storm leaves snow, slush covering Northeast

BOSTON (AP) — Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter on Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible second shot of snow that could affect the region early in the work week.

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Obama looks to build toward policy breakthroughs with India

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama opened a three-day visit to India aimed at turning his personal chemistry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economics.

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a political reality not lost on the parade of would-be 2016 candidates trying to draw attention at a Saturday gathering of social conservatives.

Protesters heckle Perry and Christie on immigration issues

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Protesters have heckled Republican presidential prospects Rick Perry and Chris Christie over immigration policies during a conservative political forum in Iowa.

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School: Sea otter conceived in wild is 1st born in captivity

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A sea otter impregnated in the wild has given birth at the University of California, Santa Cruz, allowing researchers a rare look at a nursing mother.

Regulators order pipeline upgrades after Montana oil spill

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal regulators on Friday ordered a pipeline company to make major upgrades to a line that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply.

Settlements reached in so-called 'hot fuel' litigation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday.

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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.

New Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick promises more conservative Texas

AUSTIN — Tea party favorite Dan Patrick was sworn in as Texas’ new lieutenant governor and will oversee the powerful state Senate.

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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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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.

The heat is on; NOAA, NASA say 2014 was warmest year on record

WASHINGTON — For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday.

Killeen opening warming station tonight

Killeen is opening its warming station at 7 tonight through 8 a.m. Friday, at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

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Obama offers condolence to Abe over slain hostage

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama has offered condolences to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the murder of a Japanese national by the Islamic State group.

Greeks go to polls in critical snap general election

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks were voting Sunday in an early general election crucial for the country's financial future, with the radical left Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras tipped as the favorite to win, although possibly without a large enough majority to form a government.

Truck bombing in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, wounds 2

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban truck bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Sunday, wounding two people in the first attack targeting Kabul in almost three weeks, officials said.

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