Local News Headlines–6/18/2013

The new speaker of the A&M faculty senate has come under fire for suggesting opening future meetings with what he called “a brief inspiring inclusive invocation” given by a chaplain.  Walter Daugherity compared it to what is done at the state and national capitols.  Among those in opposition was Tom Linton who says considering the job performance of the governing bodies in Austin and Washington recently it would be a mistake to use them as a pattern for the Texas A&M faculty governing body.  Supporters included Bedford Clark who likens the opposition to a hostile attitude towards God by the University.  Three days later there was an emergency meeting of the senate’s executive committee, where it was announced there would be no faculty senate chaplain.

Paid and volunteer fire departments are forming an arson task force.  Investigator William Bouse of the Bryan Fire Department says it’s not just about trading information. Bouse says the task force will help to keep tabs on possible suspects and will aid in the training of the participating fire departments.  Bouse says Brenham and GrimesCounty are on board and they’re reaching out to fire agencies in Burleson and Robertson counties.

And, as hurricane season approaches, two free emergency seminars are available to anyone in the BrazosValley.  Jennifer Wigington with the American Red Cross says this week’s mini institute for training is the first of its kind in the BrazosValley.  GrimesCounty Emergency Manager David Lilly says the course will be Friday and Saturday at the Brazos Valley Council of Governments building.  A second seminar will be June 29th in Anderson.