Local News Headlines–5/2/2013

The A&M System Board of Regents yesterday approved a $450-million redevelopment of Kyle Field, which keeps home football games in College Station.  Among those involved in the presentation to the regents was Sam Torn, who co-chaired a committee for the 12th Man Foundation.  Torn told the regents the redevelopment of Kyle Field will be the most extensive and expensive renovation in the history of college football.  Chancellor John Sharp says the capacity will be 102 thousand 500, along with 12 seats in the student section that will never be occupied.  While most of the funding will come from those attending games and private contributions, President Bowen Loftin revealed there will be a $30 per semester increase students pay in the university advancement fee.  Loftin says that increase will be offset by reducing other mandatory fees and the portion going to Kyle Field will end once bonds are paid off.  Construction starts after the 2013 season ends and is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2015 season opener.

With no discussion, the A&M Regents also approved fixed tuition rates starting in the fall of 2014. The Texas House also gave tentative approval yesterday to make it state law. Timing for a final House vote has not been announced. The University of Texas system has instructed all campuses to offer fixed pricing.  It’s currently available at U-T campuses in Dallas and El Paso.

And, as Congress returns to work next week, there is an ideological split among Republicans. Congressman Bill Flores of Bryan describes it as internal differences of opinions on what should be debated on the House Floor.  Flores says he has asked the House Speaker to take votes on solving problems caused by sequestration and go after parts of Obamacare that are unpopular.