• The Morning Texan: Clouds, rain, international tuition and more

    According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20 percent chance of rain all day Friday and Saturday. The National Weather Service is predicting Friday will be overcast.

    Here is some morning reading: 

    Yesterday's most read story online: The Westboro Baptist Church visited Austin on Wednesday to protest the Capitol, the University and Camp Mabry. They were met by a group of students who were counter-protesting the protest. 

    What you have to read: Along with rising tuition, international students face many challenges at UT. These students make up just three percent of entering classes, making the application process competitive for international students. And when they make it to UT, many students are worried about finding jobs after graduation.

    In case you missed it: It looks like tuition revnue bonds will not be added to the legislature's special session's agenda. Rick Perry said there was no time to add anything else, so UT may not be getting any state funding for it's new engineering building. 

  • No Texas cities crack list of 25 most dangerous American cities

    Not a single Texas city made a list of the 25 most dangerous cities in America, according to Business Insider.

    Based of a preliminary 2012 FBI crime report, Business Insider ranked the 25 most dangerous cities using the number of murders, rapes and robberies per 100,000 people. No cities within Texas made the list, but several from the South did — including Little Rock, Ark.

    The most dangerous city, according to the report, is Flint, Mich.  In Flint, for every 100,000 people there was 62 murders, 106 rapes and 662 robberies.

    For a complete list of the 25 most dangerous cities in America, click here.

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  • Perry limiting special session agenda, not adding TRBs

    Governor Rick Perry said Thursday no new items will be added to the special session agenda, according to the Texas Tribune.

    The Tribune reported that Perry told reporters at the capitol there was not enough time to extend the current agenda, although items were added earlier in the week. This would presumably mean legislators would not get a chance to compromise on tuition revenue bonds, construction funding from the state for higher education institutions in Texas.

    UT was hoping to receive a $95 million tuition revenue bond for it’s new Engineering Education and Research Center. The total construction project is anticipated to cost more than $300 million, and the school was hoping tuition revenue bonds would cover part of that.

    UT is just one of many schools that was asking for money. A failed bill from the Senate in the regular session would have dished out $2.4 million.

    Already added to the special session were transportation funding, abortion restrictions and juvenile criminal sentencing.

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  • MAP: Republic of Texas biker rally results in downtown road closures Friday

    Austin will be roaring this weekend while the Republic of Texas biker rally rolls in, resulting in road closures downtown.

    Though the rally begins today, road closures will not take effect until Friday, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. for a downtown block party. The party will close off 2nd through 10th streets between Brazos and Colorado streets, as well as Congress Avenue between Cesar Chavez and 11th streets.

    The majority of the rally will be held at the Travis County Exposition Center in Northeast Austin.

    The rally is expected to draw more than 50,000 motorcycle rally participants and 200,000 observers.

    The city suggests alternative routes going North and South using IH-35, Red River Street to Brazos Street, Colorado Street to Guadalupe Street or Lamar Boulevard, and going East and West on MLK Boulevard, 15th Street or Cesar Chavez Street.

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  • The Morning Texan: Fisher (maybe), Westboro Baptist Church and more

    While the National Weather Service is predicting Thursday will be a hot day, there is also a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, which will hopefully cool things off a bit.

    At 9 a.m., the Supreme Court is expected to release a few decisions on cases the justices have heard. One of those cases could be Fisher v. Texas, a case that challenges UT's use of race as one factor of many in admissions. Fisher v. Texas is the oldest unnanounced court case. It is also the only case from October without a decision.

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday's most read story online: The Westboro Baptist Church visited Austin on Thursday to protest the Capitol, the University and Camp Mabry. They were met by a group of students who were counter-protesting the protest. 

    What you have to read: The University is currently working to restore several old air conditioning systems on campus, including the ones in Parlin and Calhoun. Some of the equipment in these buildings is more than 40 years old.

    In case you missed it: In a 21-page document released Monday, UT has outlined the expectations, duties and opportunities of the inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School. UT is hoping to fill the the position by early 2014.