Governor Greg Abbott this week sent a letter to all Texas public University Boards of Regents following the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into the widespread college admissions bribery scheme. In his letter, the Governor directs the Boards to examine and investigate its admissions policies and procedures to ensure that no university employee engages in fraudulent schemes.
In his letter the governor said, “The Legislature has assigned important responsibilities to the governing boards of Texas’ institutions of higher education, including setting campus admissions standards.” He wrote, “Every board must therefore closely examine and investigate its admissions policies and procedures to ensure that no university employee engages in fraudulent schemes, quid pro quo arrangements, or improprieties of any sort. Those students, their parents and taxpayers must have confidence that the system is not rigged.”
Good morning. We must begin registering voters NOW for the 2020 Election! The next training will be tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20th at 2:00 p.m. You must contact the Voter Registration office today no later than 5:00 p.m. today to register or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a blessed day.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the big petrochemical fire in the Deer Park and La Porte area at the Intercontinental Terminals Company is still burning and may not be out until Wednesday.
The schools in Deer Park ISD and La Porte ISD were scheduled to reopen today. On Monday they were canceled.
The Huntsville City Council will meet for a regular session at six this evening at City Hall. Previous to the regular meeting, councilmembers will hold a workshop where they will discuss shared housing and annexation recycling.
Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes:
–approval of the Continuing Disclosure Agreement with The Trinity River Authority and the related Resolution.
–consideration of authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with the Texas Board of Criminal Justice for a 2.373-acre tract located at the northeast intersection of Rosenwall Road and FM 2821.
–consideration of authorizing the City Manager to award the purchase of Vegetative Debris Grinding Services.
–and, consideration granting easements for electric power facilities to Entergy Texas on City properties along Veterans Memorial Parkway.
On tonight’s “Statutory Agenda,” there will be a second reading to consider the adoption of an ordinance amending the Huntsville Code of Ordinances striking the exemption for such vehicles owned by, driven by or in possession of jurors of any case in District or County court.
The mayor and councilmembers will present “Items of Community Interest.”
Councilmembers will meet in closed “Executive Session” to receive legal advice on the City of Huntsville Transfer Station facility. They will reconvene in “Open Session” and take action on items discussed in “Executive Session,” if necessary.
A mock commissioners court on April 22nd is scheduled for some 8th through 12th grade students.
Commissioners’ Court Administrative Assistant Sonja Tennant addressed commissioners Monday on what’s been accomplished so far for the planned event . . . .
Reporters met up with Presidential Adviser Kellyanne Conway on the grounds of the White House Monday.
Many reporters apparently still seem to be annoyed with the president’s tweeting behavior.
To tweet or not to tweet?– that is the question. Kellyanne Conway had the answer for a reporter . . . .
Governor Greg Abbott recently held a press conference to formally welcome Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) to the state of Texas. BMI recently announced the opening of their new creative office in Austin, marking their first office in Texas and their first company expansion in over twenty years.
Governor Abbott said, “This investment will help bolster Texas’ status as a cultural and economic center for the rest of the nation.”
The City of Huntsville’s Parks & Leisure Department will host a FREE Scotts® Major League Baseball® Pitch Hit & Run™ Competition for boys and girls ages 7 to 14 on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Kate Barr Ross Park.
Pitch Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each division age group at the Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of competition.
ALL participants must bring a copy of a valid birth document for age verification and have their parent or guardian complete the registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. Online registration at https://pitchhitrun.leagueapps.com/events/964204 is recommended. For questions concerning the competition, please contact your Local Coordinator, Penny Joiner at (936) 294-5708.
The City of Huntsville has been advised that Entergy Texas has scheduled an outage on Tuesday, March 19, to begin at 8 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. affecting the east side of Huntsville.
The effort is to safely incorporate reliability improvements to customers and will include areas around Martin Luther King Boulevard and Highway 30. The outage will be cancelled if bad weather is in the area and rescheduled for a later date.
Entergy Texas has called customers and made attempts to keep the public informed. For more information about the updates, go to http://energyfuturetexas.com/
The Houston Chronicle reported that in Deer Park, Texas residents were asked to shelter in place for most of Sunday while a petrochemical fire burned at the Intercontinental Terminals Company.
The blaze began around 10:30 Sunday morning, and local residents were asked to shelter in place while law enforcement authorities closed down State Highway 225 from Beltway 8 to Independence Parkway near the plant.
The Shelter in Place was finally lifted.