KUT Morning Newspod December 2, 2011
Eastside Memorial High School Principal Resigning
Eastside Memorial High School at the Johnson Campus Principal Joseph Coburn is resigning effective January first. The Austin Independent School District told KUT he announced his resignation during a staff meeting Thursday. An AISD spokeswoman says Coburn is leaving to pursue a doctoral degree. The Eastside school has struggled to meet state academic standards for years.
ERCOT Warns of Tight Power Supplies
The state’s grid operator- the Electric Reliability Council of Texas- is warning there is a threat for rotating power outages next summer. ERCOT says that’s because power capacity is expected to be tight- especially if we have another record hot summer. ERCOT says power reserves are down because some power plant units are scheduled to go offline and some planned units have been delayed.
UTMB to Continue to Provide Prisoner Health Care in 2012
Galveston’s University of Texas Medical Branch and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have reached a tentative agreement on prisoner health care. The state would continue to fund UTMB to provide health care to about 120,000 Texas inmates through next August. UTMB had expressed concerns over rising health care costs and more losses in running prisoner health care.
Starting in January the Texas Legislature will begin a so-called sunset review of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. The review will result in recommendations for major agency changes that lawmakers will consider in the 2013 legislative session. For KUT News and the Texas Tribune, Ben Philpott has more on the Newspod.