Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible, across the Brazos Valley, this afternoon and evening. Winds in excess of 40-60mph are the main concern, within the strongest activity. An isolated, brief tornado threat cannot be ruled out. Heavy rainfall between 1" and 3" has the potential to cause localized flash flooding in a few locations.
KOUNTZE, Texas - - A southeast Texas school board listened to public comments on its decision to bar high school cheerleaders from displaying religious messages on banners at sporting events.
The Kountze Independent School District board listened to comments for about 1½ hours Tuesday night. KFDM-TV of Beaumont reports 16 spoke for lifting the ban while only one spoke against repeal.
The board took no action and scheduled none but said it would take written comments for another 10 days.
The district implemented the ban last year after a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is dedicated to the church-state separation. Cheerleaders and the state attorney general contend that the ban violates the students' free speech rights, and a judge blocked the ban pending resolution of a foundation lawsuit.
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