AUSTIN (AP) — With rising tuition rates squeezing college students statewide, University of Texas President Bill Powers says the state should do its part to ease their burden with more consistent funding for higher education.
Delivering his annual state of the university speech, Thursday Powers only briefly mentioned Gov. Rick Perry's recent idea to allow freshmen to lock in a tuition rate for four years.
Powers says Perry's idea would give families more predictability paying for college, but he stopped short of endorsing the governor's idea.
Powers said state lawmakers could help students by providing universities with predictable budgets. The Republican-dominated Legislature cut nearly $1 billion from higher education in 2011, with nearly $92 million taken from the University of Texas.
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The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.