UT-Austin Launches Center for Molding Athletes

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.

The University of Texas at Austin announced on Monday it is launching a new center to help its players — and high school student athletes — develop life skills such as financial literacy and responsible decision making.

State Law Could Short-Circuit Battery Breakthrough

Chris Schein of Oncor stood with one of the company's new batteries at Oncor's Environment System Operating Services Facility near Lancaster on June 12, 2014.
Chris Schein of Oncor stood with one of the company's new batteries at Oncor's Environment System Operating Services Facility near Lancaster on June 12, 2014.

Battery storage could revolutionize the state’s electrical grid, making it more reliable and friendlier to renewable energy. The problem? It is likely to require a fundamental change in state law.

 

 

New Leaders Hope to Burnish Laredo's Image

Laredo has become the state's 10th-largest city, but it grapples with a reputation for corruption, crime and poverty.
Laredo has become the state's 10th-largest city, but it grapples with a reputation for corruption, crime and poverty.

After eight years of growth, change and public corruption scandals, new leaders in Laredo and Webb County are greeting 2015 with a sense of optimism. 

Analysis: The Court of Public Opinion, Revisited

Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.
Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

High-profile public figures exonerated after prosecutions for violations of state ethics and election laws paved the way for public skepticism about those kinds of cases — like one now pending against Gov. Rick Perry.

The Brief: With Oil Below $60, What's Next?

Pipes used for fracking are shown in front of a Fasken OIl and Ranch drilling rig outside of Midland on Oct. 8, 2013.
Pipes used for fracking are shown in front of a Fasken OIl and Ranch drilling rig outside of Midland on Oct. 8, 2013.

The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil closed Thursday below $60, "a level of great psychological significance," according to the Washington Post, and a price not seen in five years.