All state highways in Brazos County are passable following Monday’s flooding rains. But that doesn’t mean all roads are passable. Chief Deputy Jim Stewart of the Brazos County sheriff’s office reminds motorists to not remove barricades from closed roads. Michelle Meade at the county’s emergency management office says rainfall from upstream will continue to keep rivers and creeks at high levels for several days even if storms don’t return. County officials continue to collect damage reports to determine if they qualify for state or federal assistance.
A special meeting of the Texas A&M system board of regents included personnel actions on the flagship campus. The regents selected a new Vice President of Student Affairs. Doctor Danny Pugh has been at the University of Arkansas as the vice provost for Student Affairs and dean of students. The board also approved authorizing President Michael Young to appoint a new Dean of the College of Science and to execute new contracts with men’s basketball associate head coach Rick Stansbury and seven football assistant coaches.
The state legislature has advanced three bills affecting Blinn College written by Representative John Raney of Bryan. One is expanding Blinn’s board of trustees with two members for four years from Brazos County. Raney says the budget includes a provision that state funding for Blinn will be divided based on student contact hours in Bryan and Brenham. And community colleges statewide will be required to post on their websites how revenue is spent by campus location.
And, researchers at a Texas A&M Health Science Center institute in Houston have received a state grant of nearly $6-million. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awarded a grant designed to repurpose drugs already approved by the F-D-A to create new cancer treatments. The research involves using existing drugs on their own in new ways or combined with other drugs, natural products, or compounds. This is the largest of three grants given to the center by C-PRIT; a state agency which went through reorganization a year ago following a scandal over its handling of prior grants.