This week’s WTAW United Way of the Brazos Valley update features Don Dickenson talking about the start of the State Employees Charitable Campaign.

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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 justice, health care, highways, and water.

State representative Kyle Kacal, whose district goes from College Station to north of Waco, has to balance the interests of 32 ISD’s.

Click below for interviews WTAW’s Bill Oliver did with Senator Charles Schwertner and Representative Kyle Kacal.



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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.

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Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski discussed tax breaks for a proposed hotel and conference center in the biocorridor, potential “super park” designs, and more during his regular appearance on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, August 27.

Click below to listen to Mayor Jason Bienski visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed the latest developments in ongoing stories about the VA, IRS, Middle East, congressional stalemates, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, August 27.

Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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Ryan Crocker, Dean of the Bush School and a former ambassador to six countries under four presidents spoke with WTAW’s Patrick Zeinert about conflict in the Middle East as it relates to American citizens.

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Alison Prince of United Way of the Brazos Valley visits with WTAW’s Patrick Zeinert about how to partner with the organization.

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Lt. Chuck Fleeger of the College Station police department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about safe driving during the back to school period.



News release courtesy of College Station police:

Local law enforcement is joining together to remind everyone about the need for back to school awareness throughout our community. On Monday August 25th local children will be heading back to school throughout Brazos County and the following week on Monday September 1st, students will begin the fall semester at Texas A&M and Blinn Junior College.

Local residents are asked to be mindful to these events and to be aware of the impact that the new school year will have on all of us:

Be mindful of school zones and the posted speed limits associated with them. Local law enforcement will be proactively patrolling these areas in an effort to keep traffic patterns flowing smoothly and safely for our children as they make their way to and from school.

Watch for area bus stops as areas where children will wait for school buses to take them to school and drop them off at the end of the day. Motorists are asked to be extra cautious in these areas and watch for children as they move to and from the buses in case they are not watching for you.

Motorists are reminded of the need to stop along roadways for school buses as they pick up and discharge their riders at various points throughout the community.

Distracted Driving: avoid unnecessary distractions like cell phones at all times, especially around areas where children will be moving and school zones.

Build in extra time for your commute. Traffic around our schools picks up greatly during this time of year and can cause delays. Additionally our population will grow significantly over the next week as our college aged students continue arriving in our community for another semester.


William Bouse, deputy fire marshal with the city of Bryan, visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about the need for renters to get rental insurance and a reminder with the start of school to not park in fire lanes.

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College Station Mayor Nancy Berry discussed a proposed ordinance to address e-cigarettes, the ongoing budget process, and more during her regular appearance on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, August 20.

Click below to listen to Mayor Nancy Berry visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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