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Investigators said 31-year-old Francisco Chavez Medina and 38-year-old James Roland Moore left the jail around 3:05 a.m. Wednesday. They were both found and arrested around 6 a.m. without incident. Full Story;

A new tool is helping people stay informed about crime happening in their neighborhoods. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is trying to get the word out about the free website called SpotCrime. Full Story;

A Texas House committee won’t act on alleged threats made in the race for Speaker of the Texas House. Full Story;

Jury deliberations are still underway in the political corruption case for Tom DeLay. After two days and still no verdict, DeLay tells News 8 that he is happy the jury seems to be “focused” on the law. Full Story;

After a five-month search, the Round Rock City Council unanimously named Steve Norwood as the finalist for the city manager position. Full Story;

Spruce up your holiday table with a festive centerpiece. News 8’s Life and Style Specialist Erin Driscoll explores some centerpieces that are both functional and fun. Full Story;

Take your rowing and cycling routine indoors. News 8 Austin’s Veronica Castelo learns more from the owner of Flywheel Fitness. Full Story;

The Salvation Army in Temple is coming up short so far this holiday season when it comes to the number of volunteer bell ringers. For those who cannot open their wallets at the red kettle, officials said giving your time can go a long way. Full Story;

Austin police say 18-year-old Stephen Nava had several videos containing child pornography on his computer at home. Full Story;

The U.S. Public Interest Research Groups released its annual “Trouble in Toyland” report Tuesday. Check out which toys made this year’s list. Full Story;

Annie’s Way Thanksgiving meal will be held in Round Rock. The event encourages people to bring a covered dish of their choosing and feast. Full Story;

With the inescapable winter weather approaching, your dog could be silently wishing for a sweater. Dog sweaters are cute, but some dogs need them as protection against the elements. Full Story;

Tom DeLay’s money laundering trial is one day closer to concluding. The trial began 22 days ago. Monday, closing arguments wrapped up, and the panel retired into the jury room for the remainder of the day. Full Story;

A group of local teachers held umbrellas at Monday’s AISD meeting to urge board members to use the district’s rainy day fund so certain programs can stay intact. Teachers’ planning periods and full-day pre-K programs are in danger of being cut to ease budgetary issues within the district. Full Story;

You have probably heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but this year small businesses are getting into the mix for the first time. There is a national movement called Small Business Saturday, to get more shoppers to walk through the doors of small locally owned businesses. Full Story;

Officials say two marines have been killed and 16 others injured after North Korea fired on a South Korean island. Full Story;

Texas State has fired head football coach Brad Wright after the Bobcats finished 4-7 and just 1-5 in the Southland Conference. Full Story;

One local business recently nixed their plan to go public. Find out more in this edition of Business Connection. Full Story;

Dorothy Hewitt of Dot’s Place restaurant passed away Saturday after a months-long battle with leukemia. Now, her son hopes to keep her legacy and her southern-style cuisine alive. Full Story;

The owner of a home-based daycare in Kyle has been charged with injury to a child after a 10-week-old baby was injured in her care. Full Story;

There are no body scanners at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, but airport officials say new enhanced pat downs will be used as a last resort. ABIA officials also urge passengers to arrive at the airport 90 minutes to two hours before their flight is scheduled to depart. Full Story;

Texas A&M recruit Jon Henderson is making the most of his senior season at Leander High School. Full Story;

Closing arguments have finished and the jury has begun deliberating in the political corruption trial for Tom DeLay. Full Story;

Volunteers in one Central Texas community are ensuring fallen service members are not forgotten during the holiday season. Full Story;

More than 50 anglers went head-to-head on Lake Austin Sunday to compete in the Big Sandy Creek Bass Tournament. While the competition focused on trying to reel in the biggest bass, the fishermen were not the only ones who came out winners. Full Story;

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Competitors run in the men’s 5,000m final in the
athletics competition at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou. (AFP/Francois Xavier

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