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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

‘Tea Party’ conservatives win top GOP runoffs

After 16 years in statewide office, Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost a bitterly fought battle to State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston. In the GOP attorney general race, state Sen. Ken Paxton prevailed over State Rep. Dan Branch

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Texas State campus construction projects not dead yet

The Texas State University System could pursue campus construction projects totaling about $213.5 million — including $73.3 million for an engineering and sciences building in San Marcos — under a bill approved by a key Texas House...

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Audio: Campus construction in the state spotlight

Everything was going so well for higher education during the 2013 legislative session. With less than a week left in the session, House Higher Education Committee Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas, was pleased.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Updated: Perry’s pen holds only chance to revive ‘critical’ campus construction

Officials at Texas State, and at universities across the state, are hoping a flick of Gov. Rick Perry’s pen will resurrect a package of campus construction bonds that died late Sunday night during the final, chaotic hours...

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Report: Community colleges may not lower price of degree

Knocking out the first two years of a four-year degree at a community college is a popular way for students to try to keep the price of higher education manageable. But a new report has found that...

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

A&M lands major federal biosecurity contract

A Texas A&M University System-led team has won a major federal contract to develop one of three new national centers — the only one led by a public university system — for developing and manufacturing medicine and...

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Outcomes-based Higher Ed funding plan moves forward

Last legislative session, efforts to alter the state's funding model for public higher education by tying a portion of it to student success rather than student enrollment stalled. But House Bill 9, authored by state Rep. Dan...

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Texas State graduates to ’emerging research’ status

There are now eight Texas universities vying to be the state's next tier-one campus. Texas State University has officially been reclassified as an "emerging research university," making it eligible for the state-sanctioned competition designed to establish the...

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Rose second only to House speaker in amassing campaign war chest in first test since falling-out

The latest round of campaign finance disclosures show Rose is holding his own in the fund raising race even relative to the speaker, a position traditionally at least as powerful as the governor and a symbol of...

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