Local News Headlines–4/3/2013

Recent international events were brought up last night during congressman Bill Flores’ town hall meeting in Bryan. Flores addressed recent threats made by North Korea’s president, who he described as “crazy”, “nuts”, and “really dangerous” because of the missiles and nuclear program at his disposal. Asked about a United Nations treaty to regulate the global arms trade, Flores doesn’t think the Senate will ratify it, adding “if the Senate did do something stupid and ratify it, we’ll be trying to undo that in the House as quick as we can.” Flores also doesn’t expect Obamacare to return to the U.S. Supreme Court. He expects Washington to hear from Americans as they start receiving health insurance applications in the mail and those who start feeling the impact of new taxes. He also says funding has been restored to members of the military taking college classes, which had been cut by sequestration.

Brazos County’s sheriff and district attorney have been talking security since the murders of prosecutors in Kaufman County. Sheriff Chris Kirk says it brings to mind the risks of working in the criminal justice system. Kirk says those who visit the courthouse won’t see any visible changes in how they address security unless there is a directed threat. And, he says he and Jarvis Parsons are on the same page to alleviate current concerns as well as what will be done if there is a directed threat.

And, the City of College Station plans to spend $24-million during the next ten years in the recently annexed Wellborn community. Future development regulations will be considered at tomorrow’s College Station planning and zoning commission meeting. The proposal, introduced at last week’s city council meeting by staff planner Matt Robinson, includes ten land use designations. More than 20 meetings have been held since Wellborn was annexed a year and a half ago. The city council considers final action at its meeting on April 25th.