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Last Updated: Thursday, October 02, 2014 09:18
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SpaceX's arrival in South Texas spurs collaboration between UT, CONACYT
HIGHER ED: Administrators at the UT System and professors at UT-Brownsville say SpaceX was the catalyst for increased collaboration and partnerships between UT and higher education institutions in Mexico. Recently, UT-Rio Grande Valley and Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology), otherwise known as CONACYT, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate an expansion of research, faculty and students associated with space exploration and research.

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Perryman: Rising Texas personal income
BORDER BUSINESS: Overall Texas earnings are rising faster than those of any other state. For the second quarter in a row, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA—part of the US Department of Commerce) found that earnings growth here surpassed the gains in all other states. Economic strength is certainly the root of this good news, with all major industrial sectors showing increases.

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Abbott, Davis, offer differing views on immigration issues
ELECTION 2014: In a televised debate on Tuesday evening, gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis offered sharply contrasting views on two top immigration issues in Texas. Davis said she supports allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s permit to allow them to drive legally and with insurance on Texas roads. Abbott said that would fall foul of federal law.

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ESC Region 1: Loss of GEAR UP funding hurts
PUBLIC ED: Region 1 Education Service Center leaders say they are very disappointed to learn they will not be getting federal funding to expand GEAR UP. UT-Pan American also missed out on funding from the Department of Education for the popular program.

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Get Covered RGV delighted with surge in ACA enrollment
BORDER HEALTH: They organized health fairs, held workshops and news conferences, participated in other community events and basically did whatever it took to get Rio Grande Valley residents insured. Now, volunteers with Get Covered America can see the fruits of their labor. They can report that 33,740 Texans in the four-county Valley region signed up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.

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