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University of Arizona professor accused of defrauding school | Houston (TX) Chronicle

 A long-serving University of Arizona professor faces multiple charges accusing him of misappropriating money from a student-run meat store that he oversaw. Marchello's indictment comes about five months after campus police searched his offices at the UA "meat lab," where students sell butchered livestock to the public at the school's agriculture center on Tucson's north side. Detectives seized cash, computers, inventory logs, invoices and sales receipts in November after receiving a tip

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MDA Awards Second 'Bridge-to-Industry' Grant | Houston (TX) Chronicle

The three-year, $180,000 award will support Penton's research to discover small molecule and protein biologics that addresses muscular dystrophy by shifting the fate of muscle stem cells toward muscle regeneration and away from scar-tissue formation.
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Cold still threatens crops in West but it's easing | Houston (TX) Chronicle

(AP) — The freeze gripping the West appeared on the verge of easing Tuesday, but farmers who spent millions to protect crops were still assessing damage, some produce prices climbed, and businesses and residents dealt with burst pipes.
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Skyrocketing shrimp prices put squeeze on restaurants, stores | Natural Health Care (Blog)

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the price for headless Gulf of Mexico shrimp off the boat is $10.05 per pound for the largest shrimp category (15 shrimp per pound) in the Western Gulf, which includes Texas ports.

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Ariz. squirrels could be part of breeding program | Houston (TX) Chronicle

PHOENIX (AP) — "Al" and "Bob" bound across their cages when Stuart Wells opens the door to their room at the Phoenix Zoo's conservation center.
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Bitter cold grips West; citrus and lettuce damaged | Houston (TX) Chronicle

(AP) — As an unusual cold spell gripped parts of the West for a fifth day, some California citrus growers reported damage to crops and an agriculture official said national prices on lettuce have started to rise because of lost produce in Arizona.
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