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Dallas' Arts Center CEO Quits & Midday Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – The President and CEO of Dallas' brand new, multi-venue performing arts center has quit, effectively immediately.

The AT&T Performing Arts Center said Monday that Mark Nerenhausen had resigned, and offered no explanation. The center opened last October, and Nerenhausen was hired nearly a year earlier, in December of 2008.

The Performing Arts Center's Senior Vice President Doug Curtis will be interim CEO. A national search is underway for a permanent replacement.

The Arts Center's Board Chair Howard Hallam praised Nerenhausen's hard work during the launch of the new institution. Nerenhausen said he was proud of his work.

Press Release: Nerenhausen Resignation

Texas freshmen need vaccine before moving in dorms

Thousands of freshmen and new students will flock to Texas colleges for the start of classes next month. Before they can move into campus dorms, they'll have to get the vaccine against often fatal bacterial meningitis.

The state law requiring the vaccine for all new students who live on campus, including those at private universities, went into effect on Jan. 1. The fall semester will bring the first large wave of new students to campuses since the law went into effect. Texas is among about a dozen states that now require the vaccine.

Experts say that the close quarters of dorm life put college students at a higher risk than most of catching the disease. It spreads through coughing, sneezing, sharing drinks or utensils, kissing and other close contact.

Armstrong bids Tour adieu, not the way he wanted

Lance Armstrong didn't want to go out this way. In his final Tour de France, the seven-time champion from Austin popped a tire, crashed and struggled up the mountains. Worse, he appears to be the target of a U.S. federal investigation into doping and fraud allegations while a rider on the US Postal team.

One Tour too many? Maybe.

Still, he maintains he has no regrets despite the ignominious ending of No. 13 - nearly 40 minutes behind the leader, former teammate and rival Alberto Contador.

He says he'll remember his team "digging deep to win" the team general classification.

Texas opposes DRT trademarking 'The Alamo'

The state of Texas is opposing an attempt by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to trademark the phrase "The Alamo."

The state argued in a brief filed Friday with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that it is the rightful owner of the trademark. The state says the Daughters' application would likely cause confusion.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Houston attorney Paul Van Slyke filed the opposition on behalf of Gov. Rick Perry's office.

After finding out the Daughters - longtime custodians of the state-owned Alamo - had filed for the trademark, the state had asked for a time extension to look into the matter.

The Daughters now have until Sept. 1 to answer the state's opposition. A call to the Daughters' president general was not immediately returned Monday.