Scattered areas of rain & a few thunderstorms are moving across the Brazos Valley this afternoon. Later today & into the evening hours, while the coverage is expected to remain low (20%) -- should a thunderstorm develop, it could become severe. Large hail & damaging winds are the main concern -- however an isolated tornado threat cannot be ignored. Strong thunderstorms are possible overnight & early Monday morning, as well (50%).
It's closing in on crunch time for Texas A&M President Robert Gates as his confirmation hearings in Washington approach.
The nominee for Secretary of Defense made the rounds on Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon, meeting with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, including Edward Kennedy and Robert Byrd.
"Mr. Gates has a very distinguished background," said Kennedy (D-Massachusetts). "This is an enormously appointment, and I think all Americans are going to be tuned into those hearings we're going to have next week."
"He's very capable, no question about that," said Byrd (D-West Virginia). "He has the qualifications. I will make up my mind as we go along, but I don't start out with any minuses on the ledger."
The hearings begin December 5. A vote could come as early as the following week.
Gates is President Bush's nominee after the decision was made that Donald Rumsfeld would no longer hold the position. That announcement came on November 8.
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