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Great Woman of Texas; Stacie McDavid

“I’ve always been a maverick in a number of ways,” says businesswoman and philanthropist Stacie McDavid.

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Thousands rally across US after Ferguson decision

Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo.

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Fort Worth Thanksgiving schedule announced

Thanksgiving closures have been announced, with most Fort Worth city offices – including City Hall – set to close Thursday Nov.27 and Friday Nov. 28 for the holiday, according to a city news release.

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Hope Lancarte of Joe T. Garcia's dies

Hope Lancarte, who ran her father's restaurant, Joe T. Garcia’s, for decades, died Thursday morning.. She was 86.

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Earthquake hits on Saturday near Irving

A 3.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Dallas-Fort Worth area around 9:15 p.m. Saturday night, according to the United State Geological survey.

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Hutchison: Governments should invest in higher ed

 

URIEL J. GARCIA,Associated Press

 

 DALLAS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison called for more funding for research universities on Tuesday amid a debate over whether higher education budgets should be cut.

The Republican said federal and state governments should make research universities a priority, calling government funding "the seed corn" for development.

"The federal government is retreating, but they've got to set the priorities," Hutchison said at an event for business and civic leaders at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She added that if state support for higher education declined further, "pretty soon we're not going to be able to call them public universities."

Just under 30 percent of the operating sources for universities come from the state, according to Dominic Chavez, spokesman for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa said in an interview that he was content with the state Legislature's work this year after lawmakers approved an expansion of the UT system's medical school to the Rio Grande Valley.

"What we want to do is to continue to put higher ed, and our research universities, front and center," he said.

He added that universities need to market positive results to those who wish to cut the institutions' budgets.

"We haven't been very good at telling our message, or the message has been missed," Cigarroa said.

Lawmakers and the UT board of regents have been mired in a battle over university research, particularly in the arts and humanities, where critics say money is wasted.



 

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