Percent-for-art policies are becoming increasingly common at Texas public universities, and campus leaders say they contribute to the vibrancy of their institutions. The art provides more than just aesthetic beauty to the campus, leaders say. It also helps faculty and students understand art history.
Reeve Hamilton reports: http://trib.it/H58Ve7
On October 22, Tribune Editor-in-Chief and CEO Evan Smith talked about the coming constitutional referendum on funding the state water plan with state Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board.
Candidates haven’t officially put their names on the ballot for the 2014 elections, but the first contest — the one for resources needed to win an election — is already claiming victims. It’s hard to raise money when there are so many open seats and so many ambitious people running for office.
Ross Ramsey: http://trib.it/17Msizl
Whoever wins the House District 50 special election in Travis County next month will have to start campaigning all over again for the March primary. But the victor will enter the race next year with a key advantage: four months of incumbency.
KUT News’ Ben Philpott reports: http://trib.it/1dlbdDG
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put its stamp of approval on a plan that Texas and four other states have worked on for years to protect the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird whose future has been threatened by economic development — especially oil and gas drilling — in West Texas and the Panhandle.
Neena Satija reports: http://trib.it/1fVXJ2r
WASHINGTON — Failures in the foster care system put children in Texas and across the nation at greater risk of falling into the sex trade, activists and lawmakers asserted Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
The Medill News Service’s Bryan Lowry reports: http://trib.it/18d3yQ0
Faking the Grade is a four-part investigative series from reporter Morgan Smith on how Texas spent millions of federal dollars on private tutoring for the state’s poorest students under a No Child Left Behind policy — and has little to show for it.
On Oct. 19, Tribune Editor-in-Chief and CEO Evan Smith talked with R. Gerald Turner, the president of Southern Methodist University, about the high cost of higher ed, athletics vs. academics and more.
Reeve, Emily, Ben and Neena discuss the House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations’ ongoing impeachment probe, Ted Nugent’s involvement in the race for agriculture commissioner, and the lesser prairie chicken.
TribCast: Transparency Committee and Ag Commissioners - Reeve, Emily, Ben and Neena discuss the House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations’ ongoing impeachment probe, Ted Nugent’s involvement in the race for agriculture commissioner, and the lesser prairie chicken.