KUT Morning Newspod September 1, 2011
UT Study Ranks it 2nd for Efficiency
A new study out of UT Austin says the university is tied with the University of Illinois for second most efficient public university in the country. The study was done by an associate dean in UT’s College of Liberal Arts. The report was based on six year graduation rates, tuition costs and other measures. The University of Florida was ranked number one. The study does say there is room for improvement at UT, especially in its four year graduation rates. Just 53 percent of UT students graduate within four years.
Speed Limits Changing
Several new state laws go into effect in Texas starting Thursday. Speed limits on highways are now the same during the day and night and trucks no longer have to drive a separate speed limit. The new law also allows the Texas Department of Transportation to raise speed limits on some state highways from 70 to 75 miles per hour.
Public Hearing on Proposed Electricity Rate Increases
Austin Energy is holding a public hearing Thursday on proposed rate increases. The average customer could see their monthly electricity bills increase between $10-21 as soon as January. Austin Energy says it’s been seventeen years since it last raised its base rate. Some people say the new rates could most adversely affect low-income customers. Thursday’s meeting starts at six at Austin Energy headquarters on Barton Springs Road.
Austin F1 Race Officially in November
Formula One racing’s governing body has finalized the date for next year’s US Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas track near Austin. KUT’s Mose Buchele has more details on the podcast.