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Kevin O’Connor Kommentary August 29

Senator Schwertner and Representative Kacal on Texas School Finance

The Texas school finance formula has again been declared unconstitutional. Brazos County state senator Charles Schwertner says it wasn’t unexpected and he doesn’t anticipate a quick resolution to school finance when lawmakers return next year. With the state collecting more money, Schwertner says the competition for those dollars includes keeping the economic momentum going, criminal […]

Federal Judge Halts Key Part of Texas Abortion Law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A federal judge has thrown out new abortion restrictions that would have banned the procedure at most Texas facilities where women can legally end a pregnancy. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Friday sided with abortion clinics that challenged one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed […]

Free Furniture Promotion Gets National Attention

The Texas A&M football team’s blowout of South Carolina resulted in free furniture for more than 650 customers of the Ashley Furniture store in College Station. Owner Mark Wilks, who was in the process of planning a check writing party when he spoke to Louie Belina of sister station Sports Radio 1150 The Zone, wants […]

Cellphone Ban While Driving Coming to Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The Austin City Council has approved a law banning the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving. The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/1B0inGs ) reports the City Council approved the law Thursday. It takes effect Jan. 1. Police will be able to cite motorists and bicyclists caught chatting, […]

College Station’s Lance Simms on WTAW

College Station’s Director of Planning and Development Services Lance Simms discussed the continuing growth of the city and how it compares to the city in past decades during an appearance on The Infomaniacs, Friday, August 29. Click below to listen to Lance Simms’ visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

Judge Rules Texas School Funding Formula Is Still Unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A judge has again declared Texas’ school finance system unconstitutional, reaffirming his 2013 decision despite $3.4 billion in extra classroom funding approved by the Legislature last summer. State District Judge John Dietz’s written opinion Thursday followed his verbal ruling last year that public school funding was inadequate. He also said the […]

New Criminal Justice Software Deal for Brazos County Being Drafted

Brazos County commissioners are a step closer to coming up with an alternative plan for developing new computer software affecting the courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement. Eight weeks ago, the county sued a Virginia-based company after being notified they went out of business without finishing software for the local criminal justice system. During this week’s […]

Bryan Men Are Arrested Following ER Disturbance, Taking Dad’s Truck, & An April Robbery

A Bryan man is held in the Brazos County jail without bond, after his arrest for assaulting an emergency room employee at St. Joseph’s Regional Health Center. The arrest report from Bryan police states the e-r technician, an e-r patient, and a friend of the patient were assaulted by 18 year old Jose Reyes. All […]

Brazos County Commissioners Hear From Concerned Constable

A Brazos County constable isn’t happy about a pending move to the courthouse. County commissioners heard a request this week from precinct 4 constable Isaac Butler for another officer after he just found out he will be responsible for serving more court papers. Then Butler shared his frustration that he wasn’t included when the decision […]

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