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KSAM News

FREE FLU SHOTS FOR SHSU STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF AHEAD

In preparation for flu season, the Student Health Center and The Office of Health Promotion at Sam Houston State University will be offering free flu shots for current SHSU students, Oct. 6-8 at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center, Orange Ballroom.

They will also be able to provide a limited number of free flu vaccines for faculty and staff at its flu shot clinics on Oct. 8 and 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LSC, Orange Ballroom. In addition, employees with SHSU-provided insurance can also receive the flu shot from any in-network provider at no cost.

As a reminder, for the safety of the entire university community, anyone attending on-campus, sponsored events will be required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that among regular residents of the county as of Tuesday, September 22nd, yesterday, there were 973 active cases of coronavirus reported, with 1,192 recovered cases and 12 deaths. Thirty-five new community cases were reported since September 21st.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 14 active cases reported, with 2,004 recovered and 31 deaths.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 87 active cases reported with 362 recovered.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville. The hours are now Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 PM, and Saturday 8 AM to Noon and Sunday 4 to 8 PM. Appointments are no longer required, and results are returned in 3 to 5 days.

PRESIDENT WILL GO FORWARD WITH A SUPREME COURT NOMINATION NO MATTER POLITICAL THREATS

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany addressed reporters at the White House on the issue of a new Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

As you may have heard, President Trump plans to put forward his nomination for a new Supreme Court Justice this Saturday. It appears nothing will deter him doing it, come Nancy Pelosi or high water . . . .

CONGRESSMAN BRADY: “DESPITE AGENCY RULING, CONTROVERSIAL TEXAS HIGH SPEED RAIL PROJECT FAR FROM APPROVED”

CONROE, TX – On Tuesday, Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) released the following statement after the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) finalized the Record of Decision (ROD) and Rule of Particular Applicability (RPA) for Texas Central Railroad’s (TCR) proposed Dallas to Houston high speed rail project. 

The Federal Railroad Administration’s decision was expected, and does not give TCR’s controversial high speed rail project approval. Nor does it give them construction authority or the power to seize property without the owner’s consent. 

“The bottom line is TCR’s project remains unfeasible and unrealistic. The cost of this project has tripled since its inception, investors have abandoned the project, supporters have reneged on earlier promises and TCR is now actively seeking taxpayer dollars to subsidize the financially shaky project. This high speed rail stands to severely harm our rural communities and could leave American taxpayers footing the enormous bill for this mistake.”

BEARKAT BUNDLE: SHSU’S NEW TEXTBOOK RENTAL PROGRAM

Beginning in the spring 2021 semester, Sam Houston State University is partnering with Barnes and Noble to provide an all-encompassing, affordable textbook rental program that will provide students with all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, and electronic book versions before the first day of class each semester.

The “Bearkat Bundle” will charge students a flat rate of $23.75 per credit hour and is expected to save the average student 40% to 50% on the cost of their textbooks, or $150 to $250 per semester. Students will be automatically opted-in to this new program, but the option to opt-out via the Bearkat Bundle website is available until the 12th class day.

HAS RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION BECOME AN IMPORTANT FACTOR FOR A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE?

The possible nomination of a Supreme Court Justice is on the table for the Trump Administration. Tuesday, the president tweeted that he will be announcing his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday at the White House.

Trump has vowed to appoint a woman to the post. Some feel the nominee’s religion would play a factor.

On the grounds of the White House Tuesday, a reporter proposed to the President’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that, “One of the considerations is that there are lots of Catholics that are on the Supreme Court; there haven’t been any evangelicals on the Supreme Court for a hundred years . . . .”

Nominees include U-S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Amy Coney Barrett; 11th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Lagoa and 4th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Allison Jones Rushing.

BOARD OF MANAGERS OF WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT TO VOTE ON TAX INCREASE PROPOSAL TONIGHT

The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District will hold a regular meeting open to the public this evening at 6 PM in the Walker County Hospital District Conference Room. It will be broadcast over the phone by way of Go To Meeting Live Conferencing.

The Board will conduct a public hearing on a proposal to increase the property tax. The rate proposal will be 11.36 cents (11-Point-36 cents).

They will open the floor to comments and concerns from the public regarding the tax increase.

There will be deliberation between the Board regarding the public input regarding the tax increase.

They will then vote to adopt a new 2021 tax rate.

To join this meeting, dial in using your phone:

1-571-317-3116

Access Code: 289-383-453

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that among regular residents of the county there were 1,081 active cases of coronavirus reported, with 1,048 recovered and 12 deaths.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 10 active cases reported, with 2,027 recovered and 31 deaths.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 85 active cases reported with 362 recovered.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville. The hours are now Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 PM, and Saturday 8 AM to Noon and Sunday 4 to 8 PM. Appointments are no longer required, and results are returned in 3 to 5 days.

The other testing scheduled for today at the Walker County Fairgrounds has been canceled due to Tropical Storm Beta. Their testing will open again on September 29th.

INNOVATIVE TEACHERS OF TEXAS ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES SPOKE TO LOCAL REPUBLICAN WOMEN

ITT, or Innovative Teachers of Texas, is a new network of Texas teachers whose goal is to offer support for teachers in the sense of individual practitioners by offering insurance, discussion and resources through which they have the freedom to innovate and succeed through quality education practices.

Two of their representatives, President Jennifer Winter and Communications spokesperson Andy Hogue, spoke at the monthly meeting of Walker County Republican Women last night.

Mr. Hogue commented on the issues his wife faces as a teacher right now . . . .

Ms. Winter passed along how the organization originated. . . .

You may reach them at their website ittexas.org.