Senior Corporal Jimmy Morgan with the Department of Public Safety discussed Spring Break safety, drug arrests, and fleeing/evading arrest during a guest appearance during the evening news hour on WTAW, Monday, March 17.

Click below to listen to Jimmy Morgan visit with WTAW’s Kat McMullen.

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Jennifer Prochazka, principal planner for the city of College Station provided a status update for the city’s comprehensive plan on WTAW’s the Infomaniacs Friday. She said interviews are being conducted to get input from employees, and public input will be gathered both online and in an upcoming open house meeting.

Prochazka said the comprehensive plan acts as a guide for future growth and development in the community. Developed in May 2009, the upcoming five year anniversary creates an opportunity for the city to evaluate the success of the plan.

The open house meeting will be held Monday, March 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the A&M Consolidated Middle School cafeteria on Holik. The online survey can be found at CSTX.gov/compplan.

Click below to listen to the entire interview.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discusses upcoming legislation about executive conduct, more on last week’s discussion of  Dave Camp’s comprehensive tax reform proposal, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, March 12. Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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Bryan city councilman Chuck Konderla fills in for Mayor Jason Bienski and discusses recent construction, city perception, and more on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, March 12. Click below to listen to Councilman Konderla visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan Police Department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about the ongoing investigation of recent shootings, a recap of last week’s BPD awards banquet, the possible return of a scam related to bogus utility bills, safety reminders for children at home alone, applying for the BPD junior police academy, and locations of increased traffic enforcement.
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Many museums have static displays that allow people to stand quietly and imagine what life would have been like in a different time.

Brent Mullins, President of the Museum of the American GI, said there’s an opportunity to actually see, feel and hear the machines and equipment used during the Battle of the Bulge, at the museum on Saturday, March 22 starting at 9 a.m.

Mullins said those who have been before should come again because the reenactment is completely new and the Admiral Nimitz Museum from Fredericksburg will help put on a “small Pacific War.” He said members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets will play the part of U.S. Marines during the reenactment.

The main reenactment will start around 3 p.m following a vehicle parade and small arms demonstration.

Parking will be available at the Santa’s Wonderland parking lot with shuttle to the museum. Donations are requested; $10 for adults and $5 for children older than five.

A school day living history demonstration will take place on Friday, March 21.

Click below to listen to the entire interview.

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Lt. Chuck Fleeger of the College Station Police Department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about spring break safety tips, whether you’re going away or staying home.

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News release from College Station Police:

Texas A&M University and Blinn College spring break runs from March 10-14. Although many students go home, work, or stay on campus, others travel to destinations outside of our community. Because such trips can involve travel far away, our residents are reminded to practice crime prevention techniques regarding their local homes as well as exercising caution at their destination.

Some tips to consider to help protect your local residence:

• Make sure your home looks lived in since most burglars want to avoid confrontation.

• Stop mail and newspapers or ask a friend or neighbor to make daily collections.

• Hide empty garbage cans or ask a neighbor to move your container to the curb and bring it in after collection.

• Leave shades and blinds in normal positions.

• Put automatic timer on lights and radios (preferably a talk radio show).

• If possible have neighbors randomly park their vehicle in your driveway.

• Leave a key with trusted neighbor.

• Do not hide keys in a mailbox, under a doormat or planter or anywhere outside.

• Store valuables in safe deposit box or take smaller items with you.

• Make a record of the serial numbers for your valuable items and take the list with you, store it in your safe deposit box or send the information to your personal email account.

• Engrave your driver’s license number or a unique identifying mark on the back of all electronics and computers.

• Lock all windows and doors.

• Double lock windows with inexpensive key locks you can purchase at the store.

• Double check garage doors before you leave (unplug or disarm automatic garage door openers if possible).

• If you are leaving a vehicle at home – do not leave your garage door opener in your vehicle.

• Lock gates to fenced back yards.

• Don’t advertise your plans to strangers or on social media outlets.

Some tips for safety at your destination:

• Make sure your friends and relatives know where you will be vacationing. Call friends or family members to let them know that you have arrived and returned safely.

• If you plan on drinking as part of your spring break experience, drink in moderation and make responsible decisions. Know the alcohol laws at your destination.

• Have a Designated Driver or Designated Sober Friend in your group to be sure everyone gets home safely.

• If a member of your group passes out from alcohol consumption call 911 immediately.

• Remember! There’s safety in numbers. Try your best to stay around your friends. Never go anywhere alone. Don’t ever let a friend go off with strangers by themselves or take them back to your room.

• Don’t assume that someone you’ve just met will look out for your best interests. Keep in mind that more people are sexually assaulted by acquaintances than by strangers.

• Only accept drinks from a licensed bartender or drinks that you pour yourself. You put yourself at risk for receiving an altered beverage if you don’t know the source of the drink.

• Always be aware of your surroundings. Know where you’re at and how to get back to your hotel.

• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or traveler’s checks. Don’t “flash” your money around and don’t inform people about the amount of money you brought with you.

• Never allow someone access to your personal identification or credit cards. These item should always be kept in your purse or wallet and never left unattended, or you could become a victim of Identity Theft.

• Be cautious when divulging your personal information or where you are staying.

• Ensure the safety of your valuable belongings by either not bringing them or having them locked in a hotel safe. If the place you are staying doesn’t have a safe, stow valuables in the trunk of your car or a secured place in your room.

• Always keep your hotel room door locked. Use the peephole before answering the door. Never open the door for someone you do not know.

• Finally, trust your instincts. If a situation or your surroundings give you a sense of unease, you’re probably correct. Be watchful and alert.

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Sandy Farris of the Downtown Bryan Association (DBA) visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver. Topics include a review of the first Mardi Gras festival, a preview of First Friday that includes live music at 14 locations and an open house with a developer taking a survey of what businesses should be in their building, the recruitment of new businesses, and DBA applying to become a Texas Cultural District.

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College Station Mayor Nancy Berry discusses the recent Convention and Visitors Bureau request for additional hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds, as well as the restrictions  and requirements that are associated with the various revenue streams during her regular appearance on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, March 5. Click below to listen to Mayor Nancy Berry visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discusses primary results, the White House budget proposal, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s comprehensive tax reform proposal, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, March 5. Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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