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Abbott Urges Texas Universities To Re-Evaluate Admission Processes, Measles Cases Rise To 11 Statewide, And Perry Talks Of New Energy Era

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Abbott Urges Texas Universities To Re-Evaluate Admission Processes

Gov. Greg Abbott is urging Texas universities to re-evaluate their admissions processes in the wake of a federal investigation that led to bribery charges against a coach at the University of Texas at Austin, The Texas Tribune reported on Wednesday.

“As far as the University of Texas is concerned — but I will expand this to every university in the state of Texas — it’s important for every university to go back and re-evaluate, to study and to investigate, their admissions processes to make sure that nothing like this either is happening or can happen,” Abbott said Wednesday morning at an unrelated news conference in Austin.

“I expect all universities to look into this and make sure they have procedures and policies so that this type of action will never be able to happen again,” the governor added.

While urging Texas universities to take action Wednesday, Abbott also said it was “appropriate that the federal authorities be able to continue their investigation.”

Measles rash.

Measles Cases Rise To 11 Statewide

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is reporting 11 cases of measles as of this week. Last week, the state surpassed the total number in all of 2018 when there were nine confirmed cases. In 2017, Texas only had one case of measles.

The 11th case is in Collin County and the patient is an adult who had traveled internationally, as reported by The Dallas Morning News.

Harris County has the most cases in the state, with four reported by health officials. The other counties with confirmed cases are: Bell, Collin, Denton, Galveston, Guadalupe, Jefferson and Montgomery.

DSHS has issued a health alert reminding health care providers to consider measles in diagnoses and immediately report suspected cases to public health authorities.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry spoke at the 2019 edition of CERAWEEK in Houston on March 13, 2019.

Perry Talks Of New Energy Era

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the United States has entered a new energy era thanks to innovation and openness to foreign markets. He was in Houston on Wednesday speaking at CERAWeek, a week-long annual event that gathers worldwide leaders and experts from the energy sector.

Perry, the longest-serving Texas governor who held the office from 2000 until 2015, commended the growth of renewable sources of energy in the Lone Star State. “Texas now produces 15 percent of its total energy from wind and solar,” he said. “That is more, percentage wise, than our friends in Europe.”

Perry also talked about projections that the United States will become a net oil exporter in the next two years, touting it as an achievement that proves the nation’s progress.