Sharp joins other state university system chancellors in requesting a tuition freeze
- The state's six largest public university systems are asking Texas lawmakers to freeze tuition. In a letter to the Lieutenant Governor and other state leaders, university system chancellors wrote that academic programs, employee health insurance programs and veterans programs are among the areas of highest need. Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp was among those officials who signed the letter to lawmakers. The letter was also signed by five other officials: the chancellors of the University of Texas, University of Houston, University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, and Texas State University systems. If the legislature honors that request, undergraduate tuition would stay the same at all of those university system member institutions for the next two academic years. This request comes as the legislature will soon have to decide what to do with a nearly 33 billion dollar surplus.
- In Hunt County, the Greenville Herald Banner reports that a Caddo Mills man escaped injury in a three-vehicle crash last weekend in Wood County that killed three people. State troopers say the accident happened Saturday night on U.S. Hwy. 69, about one mile southeast of Alba. Officials say an SUV driven by a Longview woman crossed over the centerline and crashed into an SUV driven by a woman from Allen. Then a Dodge truck driven by Frank Schweighart of Caddo Mills struck the second SUV and was knocked off the road. Schweighart was not injured, but both drivers of the SUVs along with one passenger died in the accident. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident.