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Hundreds of U.S. counties labeled disaster areas due to drought

(CNN) -- The U.S. Agriculture Department cited drought and heat on Wednesday in designating 597 counties in 14 states as primary natural disaster areas.

Labor secretary resigns 'to begin a new future'

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of Labor Hilda L.

How the NRA wields its influence

(CNN) -- No new gun laws. The National Rifle Association has made its position clear, even amid America's most recent gun debate. It says enforce the gun laws already on the books.

Appeals court to consider release of photos of bin Laden's body

(CNN) -- A federal appeals court will consider Thursday whether photos of Osama bin Laden's body should be released.

New asthma treatment reaches Central Texas

Millions of Americans are affected by asthma. Most treatments entail a steroid or inhaler regimen. But a new technology to fight the disease has now landed in Central Texas.

Search warrant results in meth, heroine bust

McLennan County Sheriff's new Organized Crime Unit made its' first big case today. David Sirbasku, 48, was arrested Tuesday morning after officers executed a search warrant.

Brenham based Blue Bell expanding its creamery

The Blue Bell Creamery, a Texas favorite and a household name, is about to get a whole lot bigger thanks to a $14 million dollar expansion project.

Navasota community to celebrate championship team

The Navasota community is invited to celebrate the state championship football team this weekend. On Saturday, at 11 a.m., Navasota ISD will be hosting an event to show the team how proud their fans are of the Rattlers.

Bad weather causes Snook and Somerville ISD to alter school times

Today's weather forced some Brazos Valley schools to shut down early. Snook ISD dismissed school at 2:00 p.m. today because of flooding on the roadways. All afternoon activities were canceled.

VP Biden: 'Executive action' on gun control can be taken

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that President Obama could use an executive order to get a handle on gun violence.