State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, has won Tuesday's special election for Senate District 28, avoiding a runoff in the six-candidate race. He will take the seat vacated by Robert Duncan, who is now the chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.
SpaceX on Monday chose to place its first commercial launch complex on Boca Chica beach near Brownsville. The announcement solidified Texas' leading position in the country's space program even as it transitions to one with greater opportunities for private companies.Full Story
At a special University of Texas System regents meeting on Tuesday evening, they are expected to name a sole finalist for the system's next chancellor. And their choice is expected to be Admiral William H. McRaven.Full Story
The two candidates to replace outgoing UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa — Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of the United States Special Operations Command, and Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas — are neither a product of state politics nor of academia, the typical backgrounds of the heads of university systems in Texas.
In the end, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers will get his graceful exit.Full Story
Against the recommendation of school leaders and amid skepticism from some lawmakers, the Texas Education Agency will continue working toward a transition to a public school accountability ratings system with grades of A through F.Full Story