Kelsey Bradshaw

House Speaker Joe Straus and U.S. Senator John Cornyn speak at Tribune Fest

House Speaker Joe Straus discussed higher education Saturday at the Texas Tribune Festival, held at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dan Patrick, Leticia Van De Putte speak at Texas Tribune Festival

State Senators Dan Patrick and Leticia Van De Putte, the Republican and Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, took the stage Saturday at the Texas Tribune Festival.

In back-to-back interviews, the candidates discussed important topics, and the upcoming election. Topics ranged from immigration reform and healthcare with Evan Smith, Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief, as moderator of the keynote session.

University accepted as member of Iraq research program

Texas State was accepted as a member of The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) this past summer.

Elizabeth Bishop, associate history professor, represents Texas State and the Department of History on the TAARII board. 

TAARII was established to promote scholarly research on and in Iraq and ancient Mesopotamia.

The institute offers graduate and post-graduate fellowships for Americans to work in Iraq in a broad range of disciplines. TAARII also has a fellowship program for Iraqi academics to aid them in carrying out research in Iraq.

Students affected by delayed construction of Eight17 Lofts, Uptown Square apartments

Some Texas State students have found themselves without a place to call home until the middle of the semester.

Two apartment complexes have had to delay move-in dates due to continuing construction. Students who signed with Eight17 Lofts and Uptown Square Apartments will have to seek alternative living for weeks to come.

 Weather played a large part in the move-in delay, said Jared Miller, chief marketing officer and president of Multifamily Operations and principal of INNOVATIVE Student Housing.

“We thought we would be much closer (to being finished) than we ended up,” Miller said.

Perry turns self in after abuse of power, coercion charges

Governor Rick Perry turned himself in to the Travis County Courthouse at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Perry was indicted by a Travis grand jury on two felony accounts that accused him of abuse of power and coercion of a public servant, according to an Aug. 16 Houston Chronicle article. Perry threatened to veto funding for a public corruption unit run by Democratic Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg if she didn’t resign in the middle of her drunk driving arrest and guilty plea, according to an Aug. 19 San Antonio Express-News article.

Perry announced he would turn himself in Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. and kept his word. Arriving on time, Perry walked through a crowd of supporters and protesters alike and spoke to the media before and after his booking.

Construction causes shutdown of North LBJ-Sessom Drive intersection

The intersection at North LBJ Drive and Sessom Drive will be closed until August 15 for reconstruction.

A decision made by city councilmembers at their June 3 meeting changed the intersection reconstruction plan from a “4 Phase” to a “2 Phase” strategy to expedite completion. Shutting down the intersection completely is part of the “2 Phase” plan and has sped up the construction process, said Sean Condor, project manager.

“So far, (with the two phase plan), we’re a little bit ahead of schedule,” Condor said. “We’re still sticking with the August 15 completion.”

San Marcos police locate missing teen

UPDATED: Fifteen-year-old Cassidy Castro was found “safe and sound” this afternoon after not being heard from for over 24 hours, according to city officials.

A friend said Castro had been snapchatting her friends after midnight Monday morning, asking them to pick her up from her house. After posting that message, Castro posted again later that someone was on their way to pick her up. The same friend said that Castro had left her phone at home when she left, and that when the friend tried to contact Castro on her cellphone, it was Castro’s parents that replied.

Later Monday afternoon, her parents posted messages from her Twitter account urging anyone who knew of her whereabouts to come forward.

San Marcos man arrested after drug lab explosion

A San Marcos man was arrested Wednesday after causing an explosion while trying to make drugs, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Hunter Grant Eckhart, 20, was charged with arson after Hays County Fire Marshals said he caused an explosion and fire while trying to produce the drugs, according to the Statesman. The explosion happened around 11:45 p.m. July 11 at an apartment in the 2900 block of Hunter Road.

Eckhart was injured and his apartment was damaged, but no one else was hurt and no other apartments were damaged, according to the Statesman. The type of drug Eckhart was trying to make has not been specified.

Eckhart was booked into the Hays County Jail and released on a $25,000 bail.

County commissioners sign resolution opposing weakening of state water rights

The Hays County Commissioners Court approved a resolution that opposes newly proposed rules expanding the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The new rules state that previously unregulated waters like ditches, farm ponds, dry waterways and isolated wetlands will fall under the power of the CWA, according to a Hays County Commissioners Court press release.

The resolution states,  “Hays County strongly opposes the proposed new rule to define ‘waters of the United States’ in that it increases the need for burdensome and costly permitting requirements, infringes on private property rights and circumvents the legislative process.”

Journalist, alumnus dies at 81

Billy Porterfield, Texas journalist and award-winning author, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Porterfield was born Oct. 16, 1932 in Henderson, to Tice Covey Porterfield and Janavee Elizabeth Harrell Porterfield. He died on June 29 at Seton Hospital in Kyle.

Porterfield’s career at national newspapers lasted more than 50 years. He covered influential events of the 20th Century with “distinctive style” and a “keen ear” for the spoken and written word, according to his obituary.

In 1952, Porterfield and his brother Bobby attended what was then Southwest Texas Teachers College, now Texas State University. His career in journalism began with a staff writer position at the College Star, now The University Star.

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