writes about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, he has covered local government at The Dallas Morning News and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. A Texas native, Matthew grew up in Austin and has lived in Houston, Dallas and Bryan. He earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 2008.
A federal judge said that three professors suing the state to block campus carry didn't present any "concrete evidence to substantiate their fears" that the law would have a chilling effect on free speech.
"We are a different university than we were one, two, three, five years ago," says Baylor President Linda Livingstone, who aims to help the school move past its recent sexual assault scandal while turning it into a tier one research school.
Lawmakers voted to increase funding for the state's top college financial aid program by 10 percent. That means the share of students who qualify for the program but don't get it due to a lack of funding will be cut in half.
With about half a year left on his contract, University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven said no decision has been made about his future of his job. "I have to find out if the board wants me to stay," he said.
The highest-profile contest of the 2017 regular session of the Texas Legislature — between Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus — could be headed into overtime. But there are still plenty of winners and losers from lawmakers' 140 days at the Capitol.