News For Friday, February 3, 2012

Texas' Haul From BP Spill: $100 Million, and Counting

The beach in the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge on South Padre Island.
The beach in the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge on South Padre Island.

Unlike other Gulf states, Texas beaches did not get soaked with oil after the BP spill two years ago. Nonetheless, $100 million — and possibly far more, depending on the courts and Congress — is about to start flowing to Texas from BP for coastal restoration.

For UT-Arlington, More Than Just a New Building

Men's assistant basketball coach Zak Buncik takes in the new center during a press conference at  The University of Texas Arlington  College Park Center. The 7000 seat event center opens February 1, 2012.
Men's assistant basketball coach Zak Buncik takes in the new center during a press conference at The University of Texas Arlington College Park Center. The 7000 seat event center opens February 1, 2012.

The University of Texas at Arlington unveiled more than just a new basketball stadium this week. Its new $78 million, 7,000-seat venue is also a key part of an effort to become a top-tier institution.

Voters Asked for Cuts — Do They Like the Results?

House Redistricting Committee Chairman Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, monitors debate on SB4 the congressional redistricting on June 14, 2011.
House Redistricting Committee Chairman Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, monitors debate on SB4 the congressional redistricting on June 14, 2011.

The Legislature gave voters what they said they wanted last year: big budget cuts in lieu of tax increases. Now it's election time again, and the question is: Are they pleased with the budget cuts they got?