Local News Headlines–7/28/2016

The Brazos County health department has announced the first case of travel-associated Zika virus. The infected person recently returned from traveling to an area with ongoing Zika transmission by mosquitoes. Community health services director Julie Anderson says with Zika, you have to protect yourself from mosquito bites anytime you are outdoors. The health department says there is no evidence of mosquitoes in Brazos County with Zika.

Now there are two sons of former Bryan City Councilmen running for the seats their fathers once held. One is Prentiss Madison, seeking the Single Member District Two seat held for 11 years by his father Paul between 2001 and 2006 then 2007 until 2013. And, as reported yesterday, Reuben Marin is running for Single Member District One, the seat his father Joe held between 2001 and 2007. The sons are also both on Bryan’s Planning and Zoning Commission and also served on the Parks and Recreation Board. The filing period for the Bryan and College Station city councils and school boards continues through August 22nd.

Last week, a federal agency ruled they are staying out of the application for a high speed passenger train between Houston and Dallas. Congressman Bill Flores of Bryan says he agrees with the decision from the Surface Transportation Board that it is a state issue. Flores says he will never allow the bullet train to receive federal funding.

Police in Bryan and College Station received reports Tuesday from small businesses in local shopping centers where customers tried to pass counterfeit money. In both cities, one business refused the funny money and one accepted it. All four cases are under investigation.

Time is running out for anyone in Brazos, Grimes, Burleson, and Washington counties affected by severe weather from two months ago to receive federal assistance. FEMA has announced the Grimes County disaster office in Todd Mission will close Saturday at noon. Bryan mayor Jason Bienski encourages victims to go to FEMA’s center at the Bryan High School blue campus. Victims have until August 10th to file with the FEMA disaster center. Bienski says efforts continue to have a town hall or workshop meeting next week with FEMA officials. FEMA has distributed more than $2.6-million to 610 victims in the four counties. The Small Business Administration has approved $2.2-million in loans for victims in the same area.