The Texas Senate has approved the appointments of three members of the Texas A&M system board of regents. Returning to a fourth term is Phil Adams of Bryan, who served the last two years as chairman. One of the two newcomers, Bob Albritton, is a Bryan native, who like Adams graduated from A&M in 1971. Also confirmed was Bill Mahomes Junior, a Dallas area lawyer who in 1969 was the first African-American member of the Corps of Cadets to graduate from A&M.
Customers of College Station Utilities are another step closer to electronic water and electric meters. But a consultant’s report at the last city council meeting says the conversion is still several years away. There was no objection to a staff recommendation to conduct another study two years from now. Consultant Ned Brown says the technology will allow the city to remotely monitor consumption. The current costs to trade out the mechanically operated electric and water meters for those controlled by radio or cellular service is $11-million to $14-million, which would be paid by a customer charge of $2.50 a month per meter over a six year period.
A Brazos County district court jury has sentenced a College Station man to life in prison after finding him guilty of murdering a Bryan man over a drug deal that went bad. 26-year-old Marcus Watson Junior shot Trevor Williams in October 2012. Prosecutors say that was after Watson and two others went to Williams looking to buy marijuana, but Watson decided to rob then shoot Williams.
And, State representative John Raney of Bryan has introduced legislation that would redistribute funding Blinn College receives from tuition, fees, and the state. Raney says House Bill 1903 moves the money to the campus the students attend. Raney, who is on the House higher education committee, says Blinn loses almost $3,000 for each student in Brenham, while they make $1,000 for each student in Bryan. The Bryan campus has 71 percent of student contact hours, followed by Brenham at 15 percent. Online students make up 12 percent, and the Sealy and Schulenburg campuses each have less than one percent. Blinn officials say they look forward to working with Raney to ensure all campuses are self-funded. Raney has also filed House Bill 2138, which would require all public junior colleges websites to post spending by campus.