City Council approves water utility loans, drone research and accepts Smart City grant

Fri, Apr 22, 2016 - 8:00am

The city of Austin is set to ask a state agency for a loan to begin a “smart meter” program at Austin Water after an April 21 City Council vote.

Austin Water is proposing an upgrade to city water meters that would allow meter readings to be collected digitally instead of manually with the goal of improving reading accuracy, according to city documents. City Council approved an application for an $80 million low-interest loan from the Texas Water Development Board to fund the program at its April 21 City Council meeting.

If the application is accepted and City Council approves the loan, it will...

After bridge gets designation, Stribling retiring

Sat, Feb 13, 2016 - 11:37pm

By Julian Gill 

More than 50 people packed the First Christian Church of Aubrey on Saturday afternoon for a ceremony to dedicate the Elm Fork Bridge Historical Marker, which recognizes the bridge as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.

It was the 39th and final marker dedication ceremony for Beth Stribling, marker chairwoman for the Denton County Historical Commission. She will be retiring from the position Monday.

“This is very significant for us — that we were able to get this bridge marker in,” Stribling said. “It has been in storage for quite a while, and I wanted to get it up before I left the...

Four Texas Colleges Reach Carnegie "Tier One" Status

Tue, Feb 2, 2016 - 3:14pm

By Matthew Watkins

Four Texas universities — Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas — have reached a major milestone in their quests to join the top tier of the nation's colleges. 

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education listed the universities among 115 schools designated in its highest ranking for research activity. The designation, often referred to as "Carnegie Tier One," was previously held only by four Texas schools — the...

UT Arlington, UNT earn elite research designation

Tue, Feb 2, 2016 - 1:28pm

By Patrick M. Walker

In their quests to be named top research universities, UT Arlington and UNT took a major leap this week.

The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas in Denton were named Monday as doctoral universities with “highest” research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, putting them on a list of 115 top U.S. universities that includes Harvard, MIT and Johns Hopkins.

A robot maneuvers on a demonstration course at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute in east Fort Worth. UTA has joined a distinguished group of...

UNT now a Tier One research institution

Tue, Feb 2, 2016 - 11:24pm

By Jenna Duncan

The University of North Texas is now classified as one of the “highest research” universities in the country, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Status as a Tier One institution is a coveted and elusive label that universities can use to distinguish themselves as among the best in the country. For some, Carnegie’s Tier One research classification is the holy grail. For others, the goal is being in the top 100 of U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top universities.

UNT President Neal Smatresk has said the highest classification...