Staricase at Texas State. Photo by Nathalie Cohetero

Wednesday News Recap (7-8-15)

by Taylor Zavala
KTSW News Director

Staricase at Texas State. Photo by Nathalie Cohetero
Photo by Nathalie Cohetero

Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced the new Facebook data center would be placed in Fort Worth, Texas. The data center is projected to create more than 500 million dollars in capital investment within the first five years along with approximately 40 full time jobs. Construction on the first data center is projected to be completed by late 2016 where the data center will feature the latest in hyper-efficient Open Compute Project hardware and will be powered by 100 renewable energy.

Governor Greg Abbott also hosted a ceremonial bill signing today for House Bill 3994, legislation that will reform Texas’ existing judicial bypass laws to improve the protection of minors seeking an abortion. Abbott says that Bill 3994 will yield abortions from minors and strengthen parental authority for minors.

The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading around 11:30 a.m. this morning after an alleged technical glitch within the electronic trading system occurred. Trading was down for almost four hours until it resumed shortly after 3 p.m.. CNN reports that it has been a rough day for stocks due to China’s stock market plunge that happened earlier in accord with the ongoing fears regarding Greece’s default crisis.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed 10 student regents to their respective universities where Sam Houston State University student Spencer Copeland has been named Student Regent for the Texas State University System. Copeland currently is pursuing his masters in homeland security at Sam Houston State, where this spring he finished his undergraduate with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He also spent this past year as the Student Body President where he says one of his biggest initiatives with being in Student Government was working to understand what the students he served needed most from the Texas State System. Along with working within Sam Houston State to encourage involvement on his campus, Copeland says he is extremely excited to be the new Student Regent where he hopes his new insights will help him give more input on discussions. Copeland says that he hopes as Student Regent he can encourage more students to get involved on their campuses across the system.

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