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Top Morning Stories September 26, 2011

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Texas A&M has officially left the Big 12. On Sunday the SEC announced A&M would join the conference beginning in fall 2012.

Tar Sand Pipeline Hearings

The U.S. Department of State will hold the first two of nine public hearings today to discuss the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. This afternoon there will be a hearing in Port Arthur from 4:30 - 10:00 p.m.  More information on the pipeline can be found here.

Texas A&M Officially Joins SEC

The SEC announced Texas A&M will join the conference. There is no reaction yet from the UT Longhorns, but Mack Brown will be hosting his weekly press conference today at 11 a.m. Texas A&M will officially join the conference July 1st, 2012, and will begin competing in the fall of 2012.

School Board Meeting

AISD will hold a school board meeting tonight at 6 p.m. Though many are anxious to hear whether the board has come to any decision regarding which if any schools they plan to close, the Austin American Statesman reports the board will not make any specific announcements tonight. The school board will also discuss extending the contract of Superintendent Meria Carstarphen.

Weather Conditions

The National Weather Service says the elevated fire danger will continue today, Monday. Higher-than-normal temperatures, low humidity and breezy conditions make the possibility that any outdoor fire could quickly burn out of control. Conditions are expected to improve by tomorrow. The City of Austin continues with its outdoor burning and smoking ban. Most of the counties in Texas are under burn bans.