The Brief: Top Texas News for Feb. 19, 2013

The Big Conversation

A dramatic show of support in the Legislature for University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has cast the spotlight on discord unfolding within the state's largest university system.

The House and Senate on Monday passed resolutions honoring Powers, whose heated meeting with the UT System's board of regents last week exposed the strained relationship between system leaders and their flagship university, UT-Austin.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst provided perhaps strongest defense of Powers, at one point becoming emotional while extolling the president's character.

"I believe in reform, and I know Bill Powers believes ...

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