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Governor Orders Stricter Contract Regulations

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is ordering stricter rules for state contracts with private companies even before the new protocols become law. The directive Wednesday comes on the heels of a criminal investigation into $110 million in no-bid contracts awarded to an Austin tech company hired to help Texas root out Medicaid […]

Judge Refuses to Toss Perry Criminal Case on Constitutional Grounds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A Texas judge has refused to throw out a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue. District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, ruled Tuesday that the case should proceed. Perry’s defense […]

Majority of Texas Senate Supports College Students Carrying Guns on Campus

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Two Republican senators say a proposal that would allow college students to carry guns on campus already has enough support to pass the upper chamber. Sens. Charles Schwertner and Brian Birdwell said Monday that 19 senators have endorsed their bill. It would allow students, faculty and staff members with concealed-handgun licenses […]

Texas Death Row Inmate Gets Reprieve

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ Texas’ top criminal court has halted Wednesday’s execution of a prisoner linked to five killings in Houston. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a reprieve Tuesday to death row inmate Garcia White. Prosecutors and defense attorneys say the court didn’t immediately explain its decision. White was sentenced to death after […]

Brazos County Property Tax Payment Deadline Extended

Courtesy of Brazos County: The calendar is being a friend to the taxpayer as the primary deadline for property tax payments arrives.  January 31 is the last day for taxpayers to pay their property taxes with no penalty or interest for late payment.  However, according to Brazos County Tax Assessor/Collector Kristeen Roe, taxpayers will be […]

Bryan Council Gets Parks Update

The Bryan city council gave no clear direction on where to locate future skateparks, a superpark, and/or an expansion of the Bryan Regional Athletic Complex (BRAC). That’s after staff recommendations earlier this month to add 15 ballfields at BRAC on existing city owned land, replace the skateboard facility at Williamson Park, and at Sue Haswell […]

Weekend Traffic Fatalities in Bryan and Grimes County

A man walking on FM 2818 north of the Villa Maria exit during the midnight hour Sunday was struck and killed. Bryan police identified the victim as 26 year old Mario Andreas Jemison of Bryan. Investigators don’t believe the driver of the car was intoxicated when Jemison was struck in the outside lane. A crash […]

College Station Woman Accused of Impersonating a Nurse

Last week, College Station police received a report of a woman impersonating as a nurse at a local medical office since the end of 2006. Friday morning, 43 year old Sheila Vincent was arrested on a charge of using the nursing license of someone who was employed in another part of the state. Local investigators […]

Texas Senate Committee Assignments Are Announced

Committee appointments to the Texas Senate have been made by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. Senator Charles Schwertner of Georgetown, who represents Brazos County, will continue chairing Health and Human Services and will be a member of Finance, business and commerce, administration, and state affairs. Newly elected senator Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham joins HHS as vice-chair. […]

UPDATE- New Texas A&M System IT Contract Saves Money, Increases Efficiencies, and Keeps Jobs

One way to describe a new contract for IT services between the Texas A&M University System and Cisco is “bundling on steroids”. The system’s Chief Information Officer, Mark Stone, says it took five months to consolidate 604 individual contracts into one. Stone says the five year deal will save the system more than $3.7 million […]

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