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A student works on the campus of what was then the University of Texas at Brownsville. The university is now part of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
A student works on the campus of what was then the University of Texas at Brownsville. The university is now part of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Accreditation woes a distraction for UTRGV students

Students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley say they are worried after a federally mandated accreditor placed their school on probation this week. The school's president points to the merger that created UTRGV as the source of problems, and says he is confident he'll get the problems fixed. 

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New in TribTalk: Texas House power shifts

New in TribTalk: Texas House power shifts

The House of Representatives on May 14, 2015.
The House of Representatives on May 14, 2015.

In 2015, Democrats were less frequently able to keep legislation they opposed off of the floor or gain majority backing for legislation they supported than in previous sessions, writes political scientist Mark P. Jones.

The Brief: Senator-elect says Patrick’s bathroom bill will focus on schools

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assures the audience at the Freedom, Faith and Fellowship event May 12, 2016 that he will uphold conservative principles as leader of the Texas Senate in 2017.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assures the audience at the Freedom, Faith and Fellowship event May 12, 2016 that he will uphold conservative principles as leader of the Texas Senate in 2017.

Citing conversations with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, state Senator-elect Dawn Buckingham said that Patrick’s bill will not affect businesses and sporting venues.

Legalizing marijuana might have negligible impact on border security

After chasing away smugglers who were using rafts to bring drugs across the river, Border Patrol and Texas DPS agents inspect several large packages of marijuana abandoned near the Rio Grande shoreline. The packages were later found to weigh 313 pounds, making them worth an estimated $240,000 on the street.
After chasing away smugglers who were using rafts to bring drugs across the river, Border Patrol and Texas DPS agents inspect several large packages of marijuana abandoned near the Rio Grande shoreline. The packages were later found to weigh 313 pounds, making them worth an estimated $240,000 on the street.

Supporters of legal marijuana say it would help ease problems with drug smuggling at the southern border, but experts say drug cartels would probably just switch to other products.