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Top Morning Stories November 12, 2010

Photo courtesy of Texas State University-San Marcos
Texas State has announced it is joining the Western Athletic Conference.

Austin Police Monitor Interviews Today

The six semifinalists for Austin's next police monitor will be interviewing for the job today.  The police monitor's job is to promote a good relationship between APD and the community.  That person also takes complaints about police officers.  As it goes for most big city jobs, the public will have a chance to meet the finalists in a public forum soon.  The city says a final selection should be made next month.  You can read up on the candidates here.

Could Texas Drop Medicaid?

Texas lawmakers aren't the only ones talking about the possibility of dropping out of the federal Medicaid program, or at least seeing if they can make changes to it.  Our political reporting partner, the Texas Tribune, has a story on the discussion today.  The option some once saw as unthinkable is gaining some steam with the wave of new Repubican lawmakers, concerns over the new healthcare overheaul, and big budget holes.

“Without Limits” College and Career Fair

The Austin School District and the non-profit Con Mi MADRE are holding a bilingual college and career fair tomorrow.  College and university representatives will be on hand to talk to parents and students.  Professionals from a range of career fields will also be there.  The event is from  10 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.  ... te.ajoihgalkesjglasmglo. te joajg........

Texas State Moving to the WAC

Texas State University-San Marcos will soon get more national exposure.  The school is joining the Western Athletic Conference starting in July 2012.  That means they’re moving up to the NCAA's top level: the Football Bowl Subdivision, as well as Division 1-A for men's and women's basketball.  UT-San Antonio is also leaving the Southland Conference to join the WAC.  The two Texas schools and the University of Denver will replace Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada-Reno in the conference.  It’s been a busy year for college football conference shifts.  Earlier this year, Nebraska decided to leave the Big 12 for the Big Ten and Colorado opted to jump from the Big-12 to the Pac-10.  In a press release, Texas State athletic director Larry Teis said:

“This is a great day for Bobcat Athletics, we want to thank the current Southland Conference members for their friendships and competitive rivalries. We have been a proud participant in the SLC since 1987, but at the same time, we are looking forward to an exciting future as a new member of the Western Athletic Conference.”

Texas State plays McNeese State tomorrow in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  The Longhorns are hoping to come off a Kansas State loss last weekend with a win against Oklahoma State tomorrow.