The College Station City Council is moving ahead with a local ban on drivers and bicyclists using wireless devices. But, there is a division on how far it should go. At least four members, including Mayor Nancy Berry, support an ordinance requiring both hands on the steering wheel. Two members want to be able to hold a phone to talk without looking at the screen. Final action could be taken in two weeks. Police Chief Scott McCollum says College Station would become the 65th city in Texas with a ban, since there is no state law. McCollum says enforcement will be similar to seat belt laws, where the officer has to witness the illegal behavior. He says the ultimate goal is to obtain voluntary compliance.
Texas A&M has received five of the ten multimillion dollar research grants awarded by Governor Abbott as part of a new initiative. The combined total of A&M’s grants is more than $20-million. The University of Houston received three of the grants and U-T Austin two. More than $34-million provided by the new research initiative is matched dollar for dollar with a host university.
There is at least one place in town where Pokemon Go players are not wanted. Traditions Council social media representative, Charlotte Hammer says they have been receiving complaints about Pokemon players at the Bonfire Memorial. Hammer, says they have contacted Pokemon Go to remove the Bonfire Memorial as a location in the game. Hammer says they have not received word back, and until then, Traditions Council is working with the university to post signs discouraging people from playing the game at the memorial. The Texas A&M request comes after similar concerns at the Holocaust Museum and Arlington Cemetery in Washington D-C.