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Top Morning Stories September 21, 2011

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Low lake levels, including at Lake Travis, have the LCRA considering reducing or cutting off water supplies to some farmers.

LCRA Vote Could Cut Off Water for Farmers

The Lower Colorado River Authority’s Board is scheduled to vote today on plans that could reduce or cut off water from the Highland Lakes to farmers. 

LCRA staff recommends cutting off water to farmers, if lake levels don’t fill up significantly and if dry conditions continue into next year. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality would have to approve any of the LCRA’s plans.  Lakes Travis and Buchanan are a major water supply for Central Texas cities, including Austin.

Pac-12 Not Expanding

The Texas Longhorns are not headed to the Pac-12 athletic conference. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has announced the conference will not expand past 12 teams. Texas and Oklahoma were considering leaving the Big-12, and taking some other teams with them. In a statement Commissioner Scott said the Pac-12 did what it thought was best for students and fans, and that the conference plans to focus on its own new TV deals:

After careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference. While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve. With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us."  

Bastrop Organizations Looking for More Volunteers

Relief organizers say more volunteers are needed in Bastrop County to help those affected by the wildfires. Those interested can sign up at the Volunteer Reception Center at 3001 Loop 150 E. in Bastrop. Find more information at