News http://ketr.org en Ranchers organization approves added charge on cattle sales http://ketr.org/post/ranchers-organization-approves-added-charge-cattle-sales <p>Every time a cow is sold in Texas, a dollar of that sale goes to industry groups that use it to promote and research beef. It’s part of a national program called the “beef checkoff,” and that charge will now rise to two dollars in Texas after a statewide vote by cattle owners.</p><p>The vote to raise the fee passed by nearly 67 percent. The results were announced Wednesday and hailed by agriculture and cattle industry groups, who say the money is needed to keep beef competitive.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:15:28 +0000 Mose Buchele - StateImpact Texas 56103 at http://ketr.org Ranchers organization approves added charge on cattle sales Outgoing UT president's status a 'political football' http://ketr.org/post/outgoing-ut-presidents-status-political-football <p>In the end, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers got his wish.</p><p></p><p>Despite outgoing University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s demand last week that Powers agree to an October resignation or be fired this week, on Wednesday the two ended up settling on Powers’ own proposed exit date — one roughly 11 months away.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Powers called that timeline more “graceful.”</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:07:57 +0000 Reeve Hamilton - The Texas Tribune 56102 at http://ketr.org Outgoing UT president's status a 'political football' Perry, Obama discuss solutions to immigration crisis http://ketr.org/post/perry-obama-discuss-solutions-immigration-crisis <p>President Obama on Wednesday said his meeting with Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas was constructive and that the governor’s concern over the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Lone Star State’s swath of the border were valid.<br /><br />But Obama also reiterated his belief that Republican opposition to immigration reform has fueled the influx of illegal migration into Texas. And he urged Perry to pressure the Texas congressional delegation to support a supplemental funding request for $3.7 billion to address the immigration surge in the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:00:40 +0000 Julian Aguilar - The Texas Tribune 56101 at http://ketr.org Perry, Obama discuss solutions to immigration crisis UT-Austin president to resign next summer http://ketr.org/post/ut-austin-president-resign-next-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco </span>Cigarroa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> issued a statement on Wednesday announcing that UT-Austin President Bill Powers will resign effective June 2, 2015. Last week, </span>Cigarroa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had asked Powers to resign or face firing at Thursday's board of regents meeting. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's the full statement:&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:45:16 +0000 Reeve Hamilton - The Texas Tribune 56062 at http://ketr.org UT-Austin president to resign next summer In border crisis, Perry finds political advantage http://ketr.org/post/border-crisis-perry-finds-political-advantage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even if you believe that </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Perry’s motivations are purely about the security of the border between Texas and Mexico, his running dispute with the federal government makes for good politics.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:38:30 +0000 Ross Ramsey - The Texas Tribune 56049 at http://ketr.org In border crisis, Perry finds political advantage Council votes to fund recreation and event center http://ketr.org/post/council-votes-fund-recreation-and-event-center <p>The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday night to proceed with the establishment of a recreation/event center in the Greenville SportsPark.</p><p></p><p>Votes will be taken at future meetings to formally sell the $15 million in bonds needed for the project and eventually to determine whether the YMCA will operate and manage the facility.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:32:13 +0000 Brad Kellar 56048 at http://ketr.org Council votes to fund recreation and event center Sheriff's office to use armored vehicle, commissioner cites concerns http://ketr.org/post/sheriffs-office-use-armored-vehicle-commissioner-cites-concerns <p>The Hunt County Commissioners Court may vote to approve additional funds this week for an armored personnel carrier obtained from federal surplus for the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.</p><p></p><p>The commissioners are scheduled to discuss and take action Tuesday on training and expenditures related to the newly acquired Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. The vote is included under Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 10 a.m. inside the Auxiliary Courtroom, 2700 Johnson Street in Greenville.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:19:46 +0000 Brad Kellar 55958 at http://ketr.org Sheriff's office to use armored vehicle, commissioner cites concerns Texas not alone in Common Core rejection http://ketr.org/post/texas-not-alone-common-core-rejection <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Texas refused to sign onto a nationwide effort five years ago to develop common academic standards in reading and math — putting $700 million in federal money at risk — the state found itself in lonely territory.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:45:33 +0000 Morgan Smith - The Texas Tribune 55951 at http://ketr.org Texas not alone in Common Core rejection 'Godspell,' July 8-13 at A&M-Commerce http://ketr.org/post/godspell-july-8-13-am-commerce <p>"Godspell," a rock musical based on the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, will be presented in the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/universityplayhouse">University Playhouse</a> at Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce July 8-13.&nbsp; Reservations can be made at (903) 886-5900.&nbsp; Theatre faculty member Samantha Grace and cast member Baylor Bendele discuss the production on the Blacklands Cafe.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 55804 at http://ketr.org 'Godspell,' July 8-13 at A&M-Commerce New shows in July at the A&M-C Planetarium http://ketr.org/post/new-shows-july-am-c-planetarium <p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 55748 at http://ketr.org New shows in July at the A&M-C Planetarium