District 12 state representative Kyle Kacal discussed the completion of the 2015 legislative session including the abundance of rain, tax cuts, transportation, and more during his weekly visit on The Infomaniacs Friday, June 5.

Click below to listen to Representative Kyle Kacal’s discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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Amanda Reynolds of the Downtown Bryan Association visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about the start of the summer concert series, June’s First Friday lineup, the debut of the new Farmers Market location on 21st between Main and Bryan, and an update on September’s Texas Reds Festival.

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District 14 State Representative John Raney of Bryan appeared live, in studio and discussed the end of this year’s legislative session including bills related to Blinn College, hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds, tax cuts, and more during his regular update on The Infomaniacs Wednesday, June 3.

Click below to listen to State Representative John Raney’s discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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John Raney and Scott Delucia visit on WTAW's The Infomaniacs June 3 2015.

John Raney and Scott Delucia visit on WTAW’s The Infomaniacs June 3 2015.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed the scope of the Export–Import Bank, world market influence on domestic energy prices, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs Wednesday, June 3.

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

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Bryan city councilman Art Hughes visited with Scott Delucia on WTAW’s The Infomaniacs Wednesday, June 3 2015.

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Bryan city councilman Art Hughes on WTAW, June 3 2015.

Bryan city councilman Art Hughes on WTAW, June 3 2015.

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WTAW News Director Bill Oliver was returning home Sunday evening, May 31 2015, when he stopped to pay his first visit to the new city park in West, TX, which was destroyed in the April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion.

Located across the railroad tracks from the fertilizer plant, Parker’s Park Project was the inspiration of Parker Pustejovsky, who was four when he lost his father who died while serving as a volunteer firefighter.

Among those at the park was West mayor Tommy Muska, who visited with Bill about the rebuilding that continues 25 months since the explosion.

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Check out the helmet.

Check out the helmet.

The logo for Parker's Park Project is in the upper left hand corner.

The logo for Parker’s Park Project is in the upper left hand corner.

Looking east.

Looking east.

Looking north.

Looking north.

Just a swingin'....

Just a swingin’….

A panoramic view of the railroad tracks dividing the park from the slab where the fertilizer plant once stood.

A panoramic view of the railroad tracks dividing the park from the slab where the fertilizer plant once stood.

Between the park and the railroad tracks, a reminder of the explosion.

Between the park and the railroad tracks, a reminder of the explosion.

From the entrance to the fertilizer plant, the park is on the horizon and you could still hear the laughter from the park.

From the entrance to the fertilizer plant, the park is on the horizon and you could still hear the laughter from the park.

A memorial across the street from the former fertilizer plant.

A memorial across the street from the former fertilizer plant.

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Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan police department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about a recent donation made by a Rudder High School class to the K-9 unit, reminders of Thursday’s community softball classic and next week’s Coffee With a Cup, swimming safety tips, and locations of increased traffic enforcement.

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Photos of the Rudder High donation to the BPD K-9 unit courtesy of Bryan police.

Photos of the Rudder High donation to the BPD K-9 unit from the Bryan police department’s Facebook page.

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Brazos County state senator Charles Schwertner visited with Scott Delucia on WTAW’s The Infomaniacs Friday, May 29 2015.

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BTU general manager Gary Miller visited with Scott Delucia on WTAW’s The Infomaniacs about this week’s power outages and the use of smartmeters by customers and the utility.

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BTU officials were at this week’s city council meeting providing an update on the development of a new customer pre-pay system.

Chief Information Officer Bernie Acre said pre-pay was part of a major billing upgrade that starts this November, involving seven to nine employees, and will take eight months to complete.

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Group Manager David Werley told councilman Rafael Pena pre-pay is projected to become available in the spring of 2017.

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Click HERE to read the BTU pre-pay presentation given at this week’s Bryan city council meeting.

Screen shot from the city of Bryan about the players involved in the BTU pre-pay system.

Screen shot from the city of Bryan about the players involved in the BTU pre-pay system.

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If you’re among those with property damage as the result of flooding, Texas lawyers are volunteering time to answer questions.

Lowell Brown with the State Bar of Texas says a website and toll free hotline are available to provide assistance.

Click below for comments from Lowell Brown, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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News release from the State Bar of Texas:

The State Bar of Texas has established a legal hotline — (800) 504-7030 — to help people find answers to basic legal questions and connect them with local legal aid providers following recent flooding and other severe weather in Texas.

The hotline — answered in English and Spanish — is designed to connect low-income persons affected by the disaster with local legal aid providers that can help with such issues as replacing lost documents, insurance questions, landlord-tenant issues, and consumer protection issues such as price-gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process.

Callers can leave a message at any time. People who qualify for assistance will be matched with Texas lawyers who have volunteered to provide free, limited legal help.

A partnership between the State Bar of Texas, Texas Young Lawyers Association, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, local bar associations, and legal services providers throughout Texas is making a range of assistance available.

Additional resources are available at texasbar.com/floodresponse and texaslawhelp.org.

The State Bar of Texas reminds the public that solicitation of a potential legal case is a crime unless the lawyer has a family relationship with you or you have been a client of the lawyer in the past or are currently a client. Solicitation of you is also a crime if perpetrated by a non-lawyer employee or representative of the lawyer, unless the previous conditions exist. Please report any prohibited contacts by lawyers or their representatives, whether in person, telephone, or otherwise, to your local law enforcement authority or the State Bar of Texas at (877) 953-5535.

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