Texas Coverage 1.20 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/20/03

Texas Coverage 1.20

Thousands of Fort Hood troops have received deployment orders marking the largest deployment from the base so far. About 12,500 Fourth Infantry Division Troops at Fort Hood are preparing for deployment to Southwest Asia. The troops represent almost a third of the 42,000 troops regularly assigned to the nation's largest military post. At this time, Fort Hood Spokesman, Lt. COl. Dan Baggio say officials will not disclose when Fort Hood will deploy its troops, "Yeah we have not committed to have war over there. You could almost say we're diplomats in uniform right now and when you talk about Teddy Roosevelt talking about speaking softly, talking about carrying a big stick, the folks from this task force are that big stick." The Fort Hood deployment is part of a 37,000 strong force being sent to Southwest Asia.

A fire destroyed a motel in Brownsville this weekend. The blaze started early Saturday morning and didn't stop until the building was destroyed. The Brownsville fire marshal says he doesn't think anyone died in the blaze. Although nine people who were registered there are still unaccounted for. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Preparations are well underway for Inauguration Day in Austin. It began Sunday, with the construction of a huge platform that will be the site of Governor Rick Perry's swearing-in. The inauguration will be followed by a barbecue, a downtown parade and an evening ball.

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