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A Texas House panel investigating University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall heard its first round of testimony today in Austin. The investigation could lead to the first impeachment of a nonelected official in state history.

Some state lawmakers have accused Hall of misusing the authority of his office in an effort to force out UT Austin President Bill Powers.

There are few venues in public life where money, sports, politics and policy combine with as much volatility as at a major public university. Given the sheer size of The University of Texas at Austin, President William Powers finds himself constantly in the news.

Powers sat down with KUT"s David Brown to talk about the future of the most lucrative collegiate athletic program in the country, the school's "thin" budget and potential job cuts that could reduce UT's workforce by 20 percent.

 


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Compared to the rest of the country, Texans aren’t very civic-minded. And when it comes to participating in elections, the Lone Star State is dead last.

A new University of Texas study ranks Texas 51st out of all the states and Washington, D.C., for voter turnout. Voter registration is slightly better, Texas gets the 42nd spot.

Doomsday scenarios seem to be getting more common than solar eclipses. (Remember Harold Camping, the radio minister who declared May 21, 2011, as the day the world would end -- and then revised his doomsdate to Oct. 21?) The latest prophecy comes from the ancient Mayans, who supposedly identified Dec. 21, 2012, as the day of doom. NPR's David Greene talks with David Stuart, an expert on the Mayans from the University of Texas.

The folks at UT Austin today announced their discovery of a black hole that is so large, it could potentially challenge our understanding of the universe.

The funeral in Austin today featured a performance by another Texas legend Willie Nelson. KUT in Austin has a moving photo gallery.

Dallas Applies The Brakes On New Bike Lane Rules

Oct 10, 2012
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Updated: Five stories that have North Texas talking: cyclists finding their place on Dallas roads, UT and affirmative action, the true stories of regular people.

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The fix is in at the Cotton Bowl, where a new steel mesh will be installed at the end zones.

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The University of Texas at Austin website reports that all buildings on campus are being evacuated. 

A University of Texas professor recently hacked into the GPS system of a drone. He was able to take control of the unmanned aircraft using less than $1,000 worth of equipment. Era Sundar reports on what this means for the future use of drones in the United States and how this could affect national security.

American Airlines ground workers split over the company's final contract offer that would spare some jobs targeted for elimination.

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The Red River Rivalry tradition between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma will continue at Dallas' Cotton Bowl through 2020, school officials said today.

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A Texas man has been found guilty of kidnapping his former neighbor and raping her on a deer-skinning device and a bed where she was chained nightly for almost two weeks.

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Texas high school students can relax about the new standardized testing known as STAAR -  The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.  Today, the  head of the Texas Education Agency, Robert Scott,  signed an order deferring a requirement that test results count toward 15 percent of the students’ overall grade.

Dallas, TX – Texas is announcing six more weeks of unemployment benefits for jobless Texans who have exhausted their claims.

The Texas Workforce Commission says the extension is a result of the unemployment rate reaching 8.5 percent or higher over the previous three months.

The Workforce Commission says the U.S. Department of Labor approved the processing of claims starting December 11th.

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