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Bush visits emergency ops; Fighter jet chases plane

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Air Force One touched down at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Saturday at 2 p.m.

President Bush arrived in Texas to huddle with state officials on the damage Hurricane Rita left behind.

The president flew in to Austin from Colorado Springs, where he'd been briefed on the storm at the headquarters of the U.S. Northern Command.

Speaking to reporters there, Bush warned residents along the Texas-Louisiana border shouldn't be in any hurry to return to their homes, because Rita is still dangerous.

However, by the time Bush arrived in the Texas capital, Rita had been downgraded to a tropical storm.

His schedule in Texas also includes an overnight stay in San Antonio, a staging area for the hurricane response.

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Jet chases plane away

A fighter jet seen streaking over south-central Austin Saturday afternoon was chasing away a small, private plane that wandered into the no-fly zone established for President Bush’s visit, an Austin-Bergstrom International Airport spokeswoman said.

Airport officials could not say if the small, Cessna-type aircraft was forced down or if the pilot would be questioned.

Several Austinites saw the incident when a fighter jet flew circles and popped flares around the plane. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP