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Cameron wins school’s first baseball state championship.

Russian capsule carrying astronaut trio reaches space station. Health & Science, A11

Brenham baseball team knocked out of state tourney.

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Outages not expected Energy officials say hot weather shouldn’t prompt blackouts the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and other of cials. energy offi ERCOT is responsible for providing about 85 percent of the total electric load in Texas, and services about 75 percent of the state in terms of land. The grid connects more than 40,000 miles off transmission lines and more than 550 generation units. Kent Saathoff, ERCOT’s vice president of grid operations and system planning,

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Preschool benefits adults later in life Preschool has surprisingly enduring benefits lasting well into adulthood, according to one of the biggest, longest follow-up studies of its kind. Better jobs, less drug abuse and fewer arrests are among advantages found in the study that tracked more than 1,000 low-income, mostly black Chicago kids for up to 25 years. — Education, A6

If all goes as predicted, Texans won’t need to worry about power shortages this summer, even in the face of the grueling heat and drought conditions, local and statewide officials say. The estimated summer peak usage forecast is 63,898 megawatts of energy, while 73,175 megawatts is expected to be available, according to a recently released summer assessment put together by

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Student housing developments have popped up in Bryan-College Station with tanning beds, resort-style pools and fake mermaids waving from a metal windmill. Is a wakeboarding park next? Maybe someday, but not quite yet afte af r the College Station City Council rejected such a plan by a local developer Thursday night. However,

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Bentley, who signed it into law Thursday, expressed confidence it would withstand any legal challenges. “We have a real problem with illegal immigration in this country,” he said. “I campaigned for the toughest immigration laws, and I’m proud of the Legislature for working tirelessly to create the strongest immigration bill in the country.” Alabama has an estimated 120,000 illegal immigrants, a nearly fivefold increase from a decade ago, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Many of them are believed to be working on farms, at chicken processing plants and in construction. One of the legislation’s sponsors, GOP Sen. Scott Beason, said it would help the unemployed by preventing illegal immigrants from getting jobs

A program that gives Texas A&M teachers cash awards based on anonymous student evaluations has been deeply unpopular among faculty members but has been met more with apathy by students. The voluntary program known as SLATE, or Student Led Awards for Teaching Excellence, was initiated in 2008. After poor faculty participation, including only about 3 percent in the fall, members of the A&M System Board of Regents have signaled they are willing to end the current program but still believe in the idea of awarding money based on student evaluations. Ryan Howard, a general studies sophomore, said he only takes time to fill out the survey if he disliked a professor. “I just feel like most of the students want to get out of there and don’t take it as seriously as they should,” he said. “I only took one seriously because I didn’t like the teacher.” The chief criticism of the program, which faculty have opposed beginning with a Faculty Senate resolution when the program was introduced, is that it’s more a popularity contest than a comprehensive gauge of “excellence,” as the name implies, and that professors who teach easier, fun classes are more likely to fare better. “I’m more likely to give a better rating to a teacher in a class I enjoyed,” said Brooke Altenhoff, an agribusiness junior who was studying Thursday in Evans Library Student body President Jeff Pickering said getting involved with the reforming of the SLATE program is on the Student Senate’s agenda. “If a program similar to

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Eagle photo by Stuar Stuart Villanueva Camp chief Phillip Dyson helps camper Fletcher King, 12, rappel down the side of Kyle Field at Camp Adventure, an outdoor and adventure-themed day camp Kinesiology on the Texas A&M campus. Campers also learn archery skills, canoeing and more. More activities sponsored by the Department of Health and Kinesiolog are planned for kids this summer.. FFor the story, go to Region, A7.

Alabama OKs illegal immigration law By BOB JOHNSON Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama vaulted past Arizona on Thursday with what is being called the most restrictive law in the nation against illegal immigration, requiring schools to find out if students are in the country lawfully and making it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride. Advocacy groups promised to challenge the sweeping measure, which like Arizona’s law also allows police to arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant if the person is stopped for some other reason. In addition, it requires all businesses to check the legal status of workers using a ffederal system called E-Verify. “It is clearly unconstitutional. It’s mean-spirited, racist, and we think a court

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councilmembers did leave open the possibility of changing their minds in the future. The developers, Heath and Wallace Phillips, said they planned to build a mixed-use community with 600 housing units, parks and a wakeboarding facility at 3100 Haupt Road, between Wellborn Road and Holleman Drive just north of Rock Prairie Road. It would target 18- to 30-year-olds, mostly stu

Students ho-hum about SLATE

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Boo and Riley are more than affectionate, protective family pets. To their owners, the specially trained dogs are a furry layer of security to sniff out peanut products and other lifethreatening allergens. The dogs’ Connecticut owners are among many people nationwide turning to allergysniffing service dogs, who accompany their handlers to detect allergens. — Health & Science, A11

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