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      SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police have arrested a woman believed to be the mother of a newborn boy found dead at a recycling center. Police on Tuesday night arrested 25-year-old Nidia Yolibeth Alvarado on a capital murder charge. A medical examiner has ruled that the infant found dead on Dec. 23 in a duffel bag was strangled.

      BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - A Southeast Texas hunting and fishing guide has been sentenced to three years of probation for illegally transporting an alligator carcass. Forty-nine-year-old Steve Barclay of Kennard (keh-NAHRD') last August pleaded guilty to transporting wildlife taken in violation of federal law. Investigators say Barclay in May 2008 witnessed a client shoot and kill three alligators, which are listed as a threatened species. Officials say Barclay transported one of the to a taxidermy shop in Grapeland.

      LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) - The mayor of an East Texas town for the past 32 years has decided it's time for a change. The Carthage City Commission will meet Friday morning to fill the unexpired term of 85-year-old Mayor Carson Joines, whose term expires in May. Joines has spent 42 years in office - the first 10 as Carthage mayor pro tem and the other 32 as mayor.

      CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Susser Holdings Corp. has announced it anticipates fourth-quarter merchandise sales at stores open at least a year rose about 2.4 percent. The Corpus Christi-based company, which sells gasoline and merchandise at convenience stores, says it expects a 3 percent increase in the figure for the full year.

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