• Senate confirms UT System regent appointees

    While some senators described their "aye" vote as "unethusaistic," the Senate confirmed Texas Gov. Rick Perry's appointees to the UT System Board of Regents Friday.

    Newly appointed regents McAllen Judge Ernest Aliseda and Hilcorp Energy Company CEO Jeffrey Hildebrand will now begin serving on the board. Current UT Regent Paul Foster was also confirmed, and will continue serving on the board. Senator John Whitmire, D-Houston, was the sole senator to vote against the nominees. He said he would do so earlier in the week at a hearing on Monday.

    Senators spent more than 30 minutes giving speeches about the appointees. Some senators, including Senator Joan Huffman, R-Houston, expressed support for the appointees. But the majority of the speeches were about the recent controversies that have surrounded the UT System Board of Regents and UT-Austin's President William Powers Jr. Senator Judith Zaffirni, D-Laredo, said she was voting yes "unethusiastically," but is hopeful the tone will change under the new regents. She and Senator Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, also said the regents would be srcutinized going forward.

    Powers released a brief statement following the confirmations.

    "I look forward to working with Regent Foster, Aliseda and Hildebrand as we move forward and make UT Austin the best public research university in the nation," Powers said in an emailed statement through Gary Susswein, the director of UT's media relations.

    The UT System Board of Regents are expected to meet in July. Aliseda, Hildebrand and Foster will serve on the board until 2019.

    This article has been updated with a statement from Powers.

  • Update: Rain hits Austin Friday, Memorial Day weekend

    Update: A flash flood warning has been issued for Travis County until 6:30 p.m.

    Rain rolled into Austin Friday afternoon and the wet weather is likely to continue through Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

    The National Weather Service says there is a 70 percent chance of rain Friday afternoon and evening. The percentage drops to 50 percent Saturday afternoon and again to 30 percent Saturday evening. The temperature is expected to drop to as low as 72 degrees.

    The chance for rain is only 10 percent on Sunday. The National Weather Service is predicting a cloudy, but dry Memorial Day.