• Texas State construction worker pulls large blade, attempts assault

    [Updated at 2:37 p.m., added name, photo, details]

    A construction worker pulled a knife on a co-worker this morning on the Texas State University campus, said Mark Hendricks, director of university news at Texas State. Other local news outlets approximate the blade to be between eight to ten inches.

    Police are now seeking Aleczandar Yorick Lovern, 29, in connection with the altercation this morning, according to a Texas State press release.

    “A construction worker had an altercation with another construction worker and attempted to assault him with a knife. There was a brief scuffle. No one was injured, but he left the scene on foot. People walking on the scene saw him and alerted the University Police Department, and we sent out the alerts to avoid that area of campus, and we were looking for an armed individual with a knife. Subsequently we found out he is believed to be headed to his vehicle parked in an off-campus area ... They do have an ID on him. They’re looking for him, and have not yet to my knowledge made an arrest. We do not believe he is trying to hurt anybody. He is just trying to leave the campus. As far as I know construction continued,” Hendricks said.

  • Smokey Skies

    Smoke clouds the skies over the UT campus and partially grays the clocktower on Wednesday morning.

  • Grande Communications picks up LHN


    The Longhorn Network reached an agreement to broadcast on campus just in time for the first game of the season against Rice University today at 7 p.m.
    Randy Porter, residential facilities director, wrote in an email that the broadcasts began this morning. 
    “I can confirm that Grande Communications will be broadcasting the Longhorn Network on the residence hall and University Apartments cable TV systems,” Porter wrote.
    Kevin Hegarty, vice president and chief financial officer, said the agreement also includes about 140,000 Austin households that use Grande Communications. Hegarty said he entered the negotiations a few days ago after talks between ESPN and Grande Communications stalled. 
    “We reached out to see if there was anything we could do,” Hegarty said.
    Much of Central Texas does not receive the broadcasts because contracts have not yet been made, but Hegarty said he expects the agreement will push Time Warner in their own negotiations with ESPN.
    Adjunct journalism professor Michael Whitney said he has watched every UT football game for the past five years, but as a Time Warner customer he will not be able to see tonight’s game. 
    “It’s not that I don’t understand that they’re still going through negotiations,” Whitney said. “But I don’t understand why they let it get to this late in the season.” 
    Whitney said it should be in ESPN’s interest to show the first football game on Time Warner so fans will want to subscribe to the channel. 
    “It’s not good if it’s a network that no one can watch,” Whitney said.