News For Friday, February 3, 2012

BP Spill Money for Texas: $100M — 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.

The Midday Brief: Feb. 3, 2012

This clinic in Mission is closed because of budget cuts to Planned Parenthood.
This clinic in Mission is closed because of budget cuts to Planned Parenthood.

Your afternoon reading: Komen reverses decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding; Paul courting Mormons in the West; state leaders warn of more budget problems for Texas

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