Local News Headlines–5/15/2013

There was an evacuation of a fire station in College Station and streets were blocked yesterday afternoon following the discovery of a hazardous material.  Inspectors from the Brazos County and state health departments removed a suspicious item from the B-CS Asian Market. Fire department spokesman Bart Humphreys says it was brought to station two at Rio Grande and Harvey Mitchell Parkway. Humphreys says the item contained the chemical aluminum phosphide, which is highly reactive to air and water.  The fire department’s hazardous material team, based at the newly opened Station 6, removed the solid material in the shape of a hockey puck. It was handed over to state officials for disposal. The business was closed after its inspection score was under 70. It will be reinspected today.  According to the E-P-A, aluminum phosphide is a fumigant used to control rodents and insects.

Not everyone is on board with the proposed toll road from Navasota to Houston nicknamed the Aggie Expressway.  The faculty senate at Texas A&M was asked by system chancellor John Sharp to support a resolution.  Action was tabled at this week’s senate meeting following opposition from Senator Angie Price, who lives in Grimes County.  According to Price, environmental impact studies have not been done along the proposed route and the land is located along historic family farms and ranches.  Speaker John Stallone supports the freeway, which will connect A&M to Texas Medical Center in North Houston.  In recent weeks, the resolution was passed by the A&M regents and local governing bodies throughout Brazos County.

And, a Bryan high-school student has been honored for perfect attendance since she started in kindergarten. Elmisha Davis received a proclamation at last night’s city council meeting.  The council also honored Bryan High’s cheerleading squad for winning the American Cheer Power Southern National Championships earlier this year.