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Tilman Fertitta buys Rockets for $2.2 billion — Houston Chronicle

Houston billionaire says it’s a life-long dream come true as new Rockets owner.

Houston’s university presidents respond to DACA announcement — Houston Chronicle

UH, TSU, Rice and UT leaders make official statements regarding DACA-eligible students.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: No special session needed for Harvey aid — Texas Tribune

Governor says state has enough resources to address needs now.

Hurricane Harvey Shifts Political Winds in Washington — New York Times

The storm has utterly transformed the federal fiscal picture.

UT Chancellor announces modest spending cuts to UT System — Texas Tribune

UT-Austin and 13 other system campuses across the state are about to get a little bit smaller.

University of Houston Regents consider closing 18 academic degrees — Houston Chronicle

18 UH degrees are shells of old offerings that the University no longer advertises.

University of St. Thomas provost to step aside amid lawsuit — Houston Chronicle

Lawsuit challenged Provost Dominic Aquila handling over alleged lewd email.

Texas A&M  University had “factual basis” to expect violence at a White Lives Matter event — Houston Chronicle
Texas A&M University System regents cheered the system’s  decision to cancel a White Lives Matter event on Sept. 11.

Even with affirmative action, blacks and Hispanics are more Underrepresented at top colleges than 35 years ago — New York Times

The Times analyzes 100 schools ranging from public flagship universities to the Ivy League institutions.

Employee Retirement System of Texas lowers expectations, worrying workers — Texas Tribune

ERS trustees voted to decrease earnings assumptions for its $26 billion trust fund.

How a “perfect storm” of problems shrunk Texas’ largest city police forces — Texas Tribune

Texas’ two biggest city police departments are losing officers because of troubled pension funds and low pay.

UT System money is a gusher for its administration and a trickle for students — Texas Tribune
Fracking boom helps push Permanent University Fund close to $20 billion gets a slice of money, but just a sliver goes to financial aid.

HISD trustees push back against state takeover threats — Houston Chronicle

Trustees heralded improved school ratings from the state and vowed to invest in long-struggling schools.

More universities need to embrace anti-hate policies — Houston Chronicle

What happens when free speech threatens one’s safety on campus as it did recently for students at the University of Virginia?

Five critical skills today’s graduates will require for tomorrow’s workplace — Houston Business Journal

Recent grads may find they lack certain critical skills that a growing number of companies desire.