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DeLay fights to get name off ballot

By Wire services
Published August 9, 2006

WASHINGTON - Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Tuesday he is taking the necessary steps to remove his name from the November ballot, giving his party a chance to field a write-in candidate in hopes of holding the House seat.

DeLay said that his June 9 resignation from Congress was "irrevocable" and that he's no longer a Texan.

"As a Virginia resident, I will take the actions necessary to remove my name from the Texas ballot. To do anything else would be hypocrisy," DeLay said.

DeLay's comments came after Republicans lost court fights to remove his name from the ballot in the Houston-area district and replace him with a GOP nominee. Republicans ended their legal battles Monday when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia declined to hear their case, letting the appeals court decision stand.

New Kansas board to oust anti-evolution standards

TOPEKA, Kan. - New members of the state Board of Education say they will reverse anti-evolution standards previous board members introduced to Kansas schools.

Evolution skeptics lost their 6-4 majority earlier this month with the outcome of primary races.

Board control has bounced back and forth since 1998, resulting in anti-evolution standards for student testing in 1999, pro-evolution ones in 2001, and back to anti-evolution ones adopted last year and scheduled to take effect in the 2007-08 school year.

Carol Rupe, an incumbent who did not face re-election this year, said she wants the science standards to be more mainstream because "it's what scientists believe is good science and I think our children should be taught good science."


WORKER TRAPPED: In Phoenix, firefighters freed a severely injured construction worker trapped for hours under tons of concrete Tuesday after part of the city's old convention center abruptly collapsed during demolition work. Casey Johansen, 28, suffered life-threatening injuries to his legs, officials said. Surgeons were able to restore the blood flow to his legs, but his prognosis was unclear, doctors said.

EX-TROOPER SENTENCED: A former Nevada state trooper was sentenced to two to 12 years in prison for a crash that killed four people and injured a pregnant teen. Joshua Corcran, 28, pleaded guilty to five counts of felony reckless driving in the Feb. 19 crash. Corcran was speeding at 113 mph on his way home for dinner when his cruiser slammed into the back of a Cadillac traveling 52 mph on Interstate 15 just south of Las Vegas.

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