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Texas officials struggle with mounting number of debris sites

      (Nacogdoches, Texas-AP) -- Officials in eastern Texas are
struggling to locate and secure the hundreds of pieces of shuttle
debris that are being found.
      Nacogdoches (nahk-uh-DOH'-chiz) County Sheriff Thomas Kerss says
the area "cannot muster enough manpower" to possibly guard each
of at least 800 sites reported so far.
      Kerss says officials are working to identify any site that might
offer important data, pose a health hazard or hold astronaut
remains.
      He says those sites will be guarded by volunteer firemen, law
officials, National Guardsmen or other officials -- until federal
authorities arrive to pick up the debris.
      The sheriff says wreckage ranges from "pebble-sized" up to
seven-to-eight feet in size. He says some remains have been found.

2-1-2003 11:03 AM CST

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