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Possum Kingdom Lake fire 50 percent contained

A golf course is surrounded by burned-out homes and scorched grass and trees in this aerial photograph taken near Possum Kingdom Lake, Palo Pinto County, Texas on Thursday, September 1, 2011. (Ian McVea/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

The Wichitan

September 1, 2011

  By Terry Evans Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas (MCT) Sept. 01--The Possum Kingdom fire is less aggressive Thursday, but still only about 50 percent contained, officials said. Firefighting experts were optimistic that the worst may be over, but weren't able to speculate how much...

Obama, GOP wrangle over president’s speech on jobs

U.S. President Barack Obama walks into the Rose Garden before delivering a statement urging lawmakers to extend legislation to fund highways and mass- transit projects, Wednesday, August 31, 2011, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

The Wichitan

September 1, 2011

  By Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — In a back-and-forth that raised familiar doubts about whether Democrats and Republicans can work together when Congress reconvenes next week, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner tang...

700 new Texas laws to take effect

The Wichitan

September 1, 2011

By Cassie Smith The Eagle, Bryan, Texas (MCT) Sept. 01--Texas is cracking down on drunk driving with a tougher law that takes effect Thursday. A driver whose blood-alcohol level is .15 or higher will face a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. The previous charge was a...

US, allies planning rapid de-escalation in Libya

Rebel Fighters crowd a truck as they leave Bin Jawwad, Libya, on March 29, 2011. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

The Wichitan

September 1, 2011

By Paul Richter Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — Despite signs of dangerous fractures among the Libyan rebels who ousted Moammar Gadhafi, the United States and its European allies have ruled out a significant nation-building role or major infusions of aid to the postwar government i...

New Beginnings

Nancy Hunter Denney motivates incoming students at the New Student Convocation Tuesday. (Photo by Kassie Bruton)

Brittney Cottingham

September 1, 2011

Fellow students, faculty, administrators and even the mayor of Wichita Falls officially welcomed new students to MSU last Tuesday at this year’s New Student Convocation ceremony in the Fain Fine Arts Theater. Dr. Jesse Rogers, university president, reassured students that they were not there by chance...

New housing project slated for 2014

Sunwatcher (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

Chris Collins

August 31, 2011

MSU administrators will go before the Board of Regents in November to discuss building a new campus residence hall. Dr. Keith Lamb, associate vice president, and Michael Mills, director of housing, went before the Board in August to make the initial proposal. A representative of Brailsford and D...

Campus introduces bus service

Sophomore Adrian Hurst boards the Mustangs Shuttle after a day of classes on Monday. As a Caribbean student from Antigue, Hurst said without the Mustangs Route he would have to walk in the heat to and from class. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

Brittney Cottingham

August 31, 2011

After seven years in development, a free bus service called the Mustangs Route is available to students and faculty with a valid MSU ID Monday through Friday from 7:15 am to 9 p.m. The route is replacing the MSU shuttle system that the university ran themselves. MSU spent about $60,000 a year for a sh...

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