Local News Headlines–3/25/13

PILOTS FLYING IN AND OUT OF EASTERWOOD AIRPORT WILL SOON BE WITHOUT ASSISTANCE FROM THE LOCAL CONTROL TOWER. THE F-A-A HAS ANNOUNCED EASTERWOOD IS AMONG 149 AIRPORTS LOSING AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AS PART OF SEQUESTRATION. EASTERWOOD”S DIRECTOR OF AVIATION, JOHN HAPP, SAYS PASSENGER JET SERVICE WILL CONTINUE AS SCHEDULED. CONGRESSMAN BILL FLORES OF BRYAN SAYS THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION CAN FIND OTHER PLACES TO REDUCE THE BUDGET. FLORES SAYS SINCE 9-11, THE F-A-A”S BUDGET HAS GROWN 40 PERCENT WHILE THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS HAS DROPPED 15 PERCENT. THE CLOSURES WILL START APRIL 7 AND TAKE FOUR WEEKS TO COMPLETE.

COLLEGE STATION POLICE REPORT TWO PEOPLE DIED AND FIVE WERE INJURED FOLLOWING A SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH INVOLVING TWO PICKUP TRUCKS ON HARVEY MITCHELL PARKWAY NORTH OF HOLLEMAN DRIVE. KILLED WAS 20-YEAR-OLD NATHAN HARDCASTLE OF CYPRESS. POLICE SAY HE WAS ONE OF SIX PEOPLE IN A 2008 DODGE PICKUP THAT WAS PULLING OUT OF A PRIVATE DRIVE HEADING NORTH ON HARVEY MITCHELL WHEN IT WAS STRUCK BY 2006 DODGE TRUCK THAT WAS HEADED SOUTH. THE WOMAN DRIVING THE 2008 DODGE, 19-YEAR-OLD TAYLOR LEONARD OF HOUSTON, DIED ON casino SUNDAY. FOUR OTHER PASSENGERS IN THE 2008 DODGE AND THE DRIVER OF THE 2006 DODGE WERE TAKEN TO LOCAL HOSPITALS. THE FORCE OF THE COLLISION SENT BOTH TRUCKS ACROSS ALL LANES OF HARVEY MITCHELL WHERE THEY CAME TO REST ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROADWAY. AND, A ONE CAR CRASH NEAR THE BRYAN MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE SATURDAY MORNING KILLED A COLLEGE STATION WOMAN. BRYAN POLICE SAY THE VICTIM, 70-YEAR-OLD ELIZABETH JOHNSON, WAS DRIVING EAST ON VILLA MARIA BETWEEN LAKEVIEW AND GREEN WHEN HER CAR LEFT THE ROADWAY AND STRUCK A TREE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE WET PAVEMENT WAS THE CONTRIBUTING FACTOR.

AND, THE TEXAS SENATE”S HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS FORWARDED A BILL CALLING FOR STRICTER STANDARDS FOR ABORTION PROVIDERS. COMMITTEE MEMBERS INCLUDES CHARLES SCHWERTNER, WHOSE DISTRICT INCLUDES BRAZOS COUNTY. SCHWERTNER, WHO SAYS HE IS A PRO LIFE ADVOCATE, SAYS HE SUPPORTS THE BILL ONLY FOR THE SAFETY OF WOMEN WHO SHOULD EXPECT AN ABORTION TO BE PERFORMED IN A CLINIC THAT MEETS THE SAME STANDARDS AS A SURGICAL CENTER. HOWEVER, SCHWERTNER DOESN”T THINK THE INCREASED REQUIREMENTS WILL RESULT IN ABORTION CLINICS CLOSING.