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Confirmation hearing dominated by Powers questions

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Senate hearing into the appointment of 3 University of Texas System regents was dominated by questions about Austin campus President Bill Powers and whether the board would move to fire him.

The toughest questions were directed to regents vice chairman Paul Foster. He called Powers "difficult" to work with but hestitantly added that he would vote to keep Powers on the job.

The Senate is also considering the nominations of new regents McAllen attorney Ernest Aliseda and Houston businessman Jeff Hildebrand.

All three said they would not move to fire a president without first getting a recommendation from the system chancellor.

But Sen. John Whitmire of Houston says he believes the regents are a mission to get rid of Powers, who has drawn strong support from lawmakers.

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