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DOJ Investigation Finds County Election Faults

Updated: 06/15/2006 - Brazos County officials will be named in a lawsuit to be filed by the justice department. But the county won't have to go to court after reaching an agreement with the DOJ. The allegations surround the county's lack of bilingual election workers during the March primaries.

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Army Post Put on Notice

Posted: 06/15/2006 - Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio has received 13-hundred utility service termination notices for delinquent bill payments. Post officials blame the late payments on a $26 (M) million dollar budget shortfall this year.

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Probe Finds Airlines Owe Millions

Posted: 06/15/2006 - The security fee you pay every time you fly may not be ending up where it's supposed to go. The Homeland Security Department's inspector general has found that airlines are holding on to an estimated 14-point-five (m) million dollars every year from the fee -- money that's supposed to go to the Transportation Security Administration.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Electronic Voting System

Posted: 06/15/2006 - An Austin civil rights group has filed a lawsuit claiming Travis County's electronic voting system violates state law because it doesn't produce paper ballots. The lawsuit names Secretary of State Roger Williams and Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir. It seeks to block the county from using the system in upcoming elections.

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Oil Tanks Ignite in Brazos County

Posted: 06/14/2006 - Around 7:30pm Thursday evening, firefighters responded to an oil tank fire near FM 2038 just off of FM 974, near the Cottonwood community.

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TEA Questions TAKS Scores

Updated: 06/14/2006 - The Texas Education Agency is taking its first steps to try to identify cheating on the TAKS test. The agency paid a private testing security firm over $500,000 to help find irregular testing patterns.

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Dead Bat Found in College Station Is Tested for Rabies

Posted: 06/14/2006 - A scary situation at a College Station pool, when two children came in contact with a dead bat. College Station police say the bat was found Tuesday morning in the Thomas Park Pool. A child who was attending the C.S.I.S.D Summer Day-Camp Program, retrieved the bat from the deep end of the pool.

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Fireworks Ban

Posted: 06/14/2006 - In anticipation of Fourth of July, Washington County Commissioners have restricted most fireworks. The ban was put in place Tuesday morning, because of dry conditions. The ban covers missiles with fins and sky rockets with sticks.

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Justice Department Looks at Local Voting

Updated: 06/14/2006 - Brazos County officials have scheduled a press conference for 8:30am Thursday after meetings this week with the Justice Department. The topic of discussion has been bilingual election workers -- or a possible lack thereof.

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Newman 10 Winners

Posted: 06/14/2006 - The top ten fastest growing small businesses in the Brazos Valley have been named. For the thirteenth year, the Newman Ten awards recognized the hard work entrepreneurs put out, and the benefit it brought to our community this year.

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Juneteenth Celebration

Updated: 06/15/2006 - The George Bush Presidential Library is celebrating Juneteenth a little early. Festivities start Thursday morning at 9 with the 4th Annual Freedom March. The march starts at the Lincoln Recreational Center and finishes at the Bush Library.

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Southern Baptists to Consider Leaving Public Schools

Posted: 06/14/2006 - The nation's largest Protestant denomination is considering creating an 'exit strategy' from public schools. The proposal before the Southern Baptist Convention comes amid concerns about how public school classrooms are handling subjects ranging from homosexuality to intelligent design.

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Houston Tourist Stabbed on New York Subway

Posted: 06/14/2006 - Police say two people were stabbed in separate incidents on the New York subway system in a roughly 12-hour period. A 21-year-old tourist from Texas was hospitalized in critical condition after a stabbing yesterday afternoon in a subway car on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Police say the attack was random and apparently unprovoked.

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Cuban to Finance Stock-Fraud Web Site

Posted: 06/14/2006 - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is financing a new Web site that will investigate stock fraud and corporate wrongdoing. The Dallas (B) billionaire also says he'll buy and sell stocks based on information before the site publishes it.

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Bryan Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Restaurant Robbery

Posted: 06/14/2006 - A Bryan man convicted of armed robbery has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Stephen Gilbert, 32, was sentenced Tuesday after a Brazos County jury found him guilty last week of aggravated robbery in the holdup of a Bryan mexican food restaurant.

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Congressional Audit Uncovers Fraud in Katrina and Rita Aid

Posted: 06/14/2006 - From luxury vacations to a sex change operation, much of the money meant to help victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was lost to fraud. An audit by congressional investigators concluded that up to one-point-four (b) billion dollars of hurricane assistance funding was spent for bogus reasons.

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Millions Earmarked for Texas A&M

Posted: 06/14/2006 - Another $10-million is earmarked for Texas A&M from Washington. The House Appropriations Bill that passed Tuesday will have A&M working with the Air Force on a new space sensor, as well as with the Army and Navy on detection of chemical agents.

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CSISD Names Coulson Acting Superintendent

Updated: 06/13/2006 - College Station's school district has a new acting superintendent. While the school board took no action on Jimmy Creel, who remains on temporary leave, they did name someone to fill the seat for now.

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Snook ISD Superintendent Search

Posted: 06/13/2006 - Another Brazos Valley school district is searching for a new superintendent. Snook's school board will interview 5 candidates this week.

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Madisonville Police Could Face Investigation

Posted: 06/13/2006 - Madisonville's police department could be under investigation soon. Several residents have filed complaints with the Texas Rangers against the department, alleging abuse of power.

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Charter School Parent Speaks Out

Posted: 06/13/2006 - Only days after the superintendent of the Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity temporarily stepped down, a frustrated parent comes forward. This after, a lengthy Texas Education Agency investigation questions nearly $300 thousand worth of expenditures, the TEA says was misused.

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Madisonville Discusses Zoning

Posted: 06/13/2006 - Officials in Madisonville want to designate what can go where in the city. The city council is considering a zoning plan.

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Decision on Creel Could Come Tuesday

Posted: 06/12/2006 - College Station's school superintendent may know his fate soon. The school board will meet in a special executive session Tuesday night at 5:30pm.

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