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Posted: Mar 8, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Mar 8, 2014 2:31 AM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) State transportation officials say a highway bypass in Central Texas will be rerouted to save a stand of ancient oaks that were under threat of being cut down. The Houston Chronicle reports the stand south of College Station includes a 500-year-old oak considered one of the oldest trees in Texas. Plans did not call for that oak to be razed but there were concerns the development would harm it.

HOUSTON (AP) The head of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy that included murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking. Larry Bryan pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake in Houston. The plea agreement calls for prosecutors to recommend the 52-year-old be sentenced to no more than 25.

DALLAS (AP) An employee of a Dallas-based financial firm has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for trying to embezzle nearly $1.3 million. A federal judge in Dallas on Thursday sentenced Steven Chen Yu of Allen to 51 months behind bars. Yu, who last July pleaded guilty to wire fraud, must also pay $365,000 in restitution. Yu must report to prison next month.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) Cut-up pieces of a $120,000 bronze statue stolen from outside a Southeast Texas library in late February have been recovered at a metal recycling center. Port Arthur police said Friday no arrests had been made in the theft of the 300-pound sculpture "The Family."

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