• UT student faces felony for bringing metal baton to airport

    A UT student is facing a felony charge after an airport official found an expandable metal baton in his backpack Wednesday that the student told officials he had forgotten to remove.

    According to an affidavit for arrest and detention issued for biology senior Cameron Crane on Wednesday, an Austin-Bergstrom International Airport employee discovered an expandable baton inside the main compartment of Crane’s backpack after a routine luggage screening prompted a secondary screening and then search of the backpack.

    According to the affidavit, Crane told airport officials the baton was his, and he had forgotten to remove it from his backpack.

    Crane was subsequently arrested and charged with carrying weapon in a prohibited place, a third degree felony punishable with two to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

    Crane was released on bond later Wednesday.

  • Florida Gov. follows Perry's lead on $10k degrees

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced he is pushing Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s goal for $10,000 bachelor degrees.

     

    During a press conference at St. Petersburg College on Monday, Scott said he is challenging Florida universities and colleges to create bachelor degree programs that can be achieved for $10,000 or less. Perry issued this challenge to Texas universities and colleges in 2011, and since then nine Texas institutions have made plans to offer $10,000 degrees.

     

    Florida’s St. Petersburg College is the first Florida institution to offer a $10,000 degree.

     

    Perry and Scott said the $10,000 degree push is in response to increasing tuition. UT Austin does not offer a $10,000 degree, and UT President William Powers Jr. has previously said he does not think the University should.