Faculty buyouts at the University of Texas and Texas A&M are causing headaches now that dozens of faculty are splitting, according to this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. (You may need a membership for the above link.)
Note: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has contacted me today, Feb. 10 -- about one day after the original version was posted online -- asking me to clarify the post below. According to the THECB spokesman who e-mailed me, the Dallas Morning News has corrected the story I linked to about Paredes' testimony. The spokesman said Paredes did not endorse the cutting of university budgets. Instead he requested budget framers reduce his own agency's budget, if necessary, without cutting financial assistance to students who would otherwise ill afford to pay for college.
The statewide average gas price is still falling and is down seven cents this week. Here's the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch Chart. Look for more information in my column Sunday.
Current gas prices by area, compared to May 23 gas prices, and prices May 31, 2011.
National: $3.62 - $3.68 - $3.78
State: $3.44 - $3.51 - $3.64
Amarillo: $3.35 - $3.41 - $3.62
Austin-San Marcos: $3.46 - $3.52 - $3.67
Beaumont: $3.40 - $3.45 - $3.55
Corpus Christi: $3.49 - $3.61 - $3.67
Dallas: $3.41 - $3.46 - $3.62
El Paso: $3.62 - $3.65 - $3.68
The largest U.S.business organization focused on sustainability has sent a letter to the White House and Congress, calling for a growing economy compatible with shared prosperity and environmental stewardship, according to a news release from American Forum Media Service.
The American Sustainable Business Council and its member organizations represent more than 150,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 300,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and investors.
I took a late-night trip to the new Whataburger near Texas TEch campus a couple of weekends ago after visiting friends in the area, and was shocked to learn there was no drive-thru. So, I asked why.
The new Whataburger is located at 2412 Ninth Street, west of Leonard's grocery store, and opened July 2.
Ken Howard, co-owner of Buffalo Wild Wings in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, said the Lubbock 82nd Street and University Avenue location of the restaurant will be closed today through Wednesday for remodeling.
After 10 years of business, the restaurant is getting a face lift. The restaurant needs to close these three days to redo the bathroom and bar -- two areas Howard said couldn't be completed while remaining open. Other renovations are being done after hours.
The store also will have new signs and new logos up later this week.
The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education announced today the launch of a campaign to highlight the role the selection of university regents plays in developing the state's public higher eudcation system and strengthening the state's economic development and future.
One tent is set up outside Jones AT&T Stadium in anticipation of the OU game on Saturday.
I've been in contact with the Raiderville mayor this week, and he said the group was holding off until the West Virginia game, if the OU game goes well for the Red Raiders this weekend.
Apparently, this is a different group.
Chris Cook, a spokesperson for the university, said Texas Tech accommodates students, and won't choose one group over the other. He said the university is monitoring the area.
The early voting dates are Tuesday through Feb. 26. Voters can cast their ballots by mail or in person.
By mail: This has generally been referred to as “absentee voting.” To do this, submit a written application to your local voter registrar — call 775-1339, or go online to www.votexas.org for specific information — and be aware the ballot must be received by the registrar no later than 7 p.m. March 2.
By Logan Carver / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Judge Brad Underwood has served as 364th District Judge since the court’s creation, but challenger Jennifer Bassett said it’s time for a change.
Underwood touts his patience, experience and judicial temperament, while Bassett said Underwood isn’t working hard enough and his experience actually hinders him.