Local News Headlines–6/14/2013

Construction starts soon on more street and sidewalk projects around Bryan schools.  Susan Monnat with the Bryan’s engineering department says the improvements are targeting Bonham, Crockett, Johnson, and Navarro elementary schools.  Construction will start by the end of June and take six to eight months to complete.  Federal money is picking up $700,000 of the $800,000 cost through the safe streets to schools program.

The decision to not give $57-million in federal aid to the city of West has generated outrage from Texas politicians.  Congressman Bill Flores, U-S Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and state representative Kyle Kacal have all called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider.  And, they all support Governor Perry’s appeal to the President.  West Mayor Tommy Muska says neither the city nor the school district has the money to rebuild streets, water and sewer lines, and schools from the April fertilizer plant explosion.

One of the women caught in a home explosion in Dobbin earlier this week has died.  Jennifer Mock passed away yesterday, two days after the blast that cleared the house off its slab.  Funeral arrangements are pending.  Still hospitalized are her eight-month-old grandson Wyatt and the infant’s great aunt, Lena Mock Knight.  Family members believe a leaking propane gas tank fueled Tuesday’s explosion.  The official cause won’t be known for weeks.

And, where are Aggie football fans going to park during and after the redevelopment of Kyle Field?  That was among the questions posed by College Station city council members last night to Phillip Ray, the A&M system’s chief business development officer.  Ray says some parking is currently underutilized and University Transit will play an increasingly more important role to shuttle fans in and out of the stadium area.  Ray says additional costs for parking are above the $450-million price tag for the stadium.  And, while the number of seats increases to more than 102,000 when completed, Ray says during the 2014 season the capacity will be 109,000 before seating is removed to make room for luxury boxes.  Demolition is scheduled to start in three months.