KUT Morning Newspod July 7, 2011
Gov. Perry, UT Dean at Odds Over Higher Ed Changes
Texas Governor Rick Perry is responding to a report from a dean at the University of Texas at Austin. The dean’s report criticizes proposals from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an Austin-based think tank. The governor backs those proposals, which include splitting research and teaching budgets and giving state higher education funding directly to students instead of universities.
UT Dean Randy Diehl says these business-style policies would hurt UT’s standing as a top tier university and wouldn’t be in the best interest of students. Gov. Perry says changes have to be made to address rising tuition costs and to improve four-year graduation rates.
Friends, Family Remembering New Braunfels Marine
A 20-year-old from New Braunfels was killed in Afghanistan last Tuesday while fighting in Helmand Province. He will be buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio Thursday. On today’s newspod we have a remembrance of John Farias from the people who knew him best.
APD Enforcing Move Over Law
Starting Thursday, Austin police are stepping up enforcement of the state’s so-called “move over law.” It requires drivers to either move over a lane when passing a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights on, or to slow down 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. Police will be cracking down on violators over the next two weeks.
Cesar Chavez Street Closure
If you’re driving downtown Thursday, take note– the City of Austin is closing the two right turn lanes on eastbound Cesar Chavez at South First Street from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The two other eastbound lanes will stay open. City crews will be inspecting a wastewater line in that area.