• APD seeks information following sexual assault in West Campus

    The Austin Police Department has announced detectives are seeking help locating two men who sexually assaulted a female UT student in West Campus early Monday morning.

    According to a press release from APD, a female was abducted in the 900 block of West 26th Street around 2 a.m. Monday morning. At least two men approached her from behind, blindfolded her and sexually assaulted her in a vehicle.

    UT-Austin recently sent out a safety alert saying the female assaulted was a UT student.

    "The victim was driven to an unknown location and was eventually released at approximately 6 a.m. in the 2200 block of Stephen F. Austin Blvd.," the press release said.

    Persons with information should call 512-974-5095 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.

    Correction: this article has been corrected to reflect the correct date of the crime.

  • Texas voters aware of SB 5 were opposed to it, new study says

    A plurality of Texas voters aware of SB 5 were opposed to it, according to a Public Policy Polling telephone study conducted last weekend.

    SB 5, brought forward in the first special session, would have imposed stricter state regulations on abortion. About 28 percent of voters opposed SB 5 while 20 percent supported it, and 52 percent of the 500 Texas voters surveyed by the study were not aware of the bill.

    Two similar bills are currently waiting to go before the Texas Legislature in the second special session called by Gov. Rick Perry. Conservative lawmakers have also tacked on a third new bill that would limit access to abortion-inducing medications.

    Pollsters from the firm, which usually caters to Democratic clients, also found state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has become one of the most recognizable names in the state and a better liked public figure than Perry and state Attorney General Greg Abbot.

    Davis’ in-state recognition rate doubled from 34 percent in January to 68 percent this week, according to the firm. Davis approval-disapproval rating now stands at 39-29, higher than Perry’s 45-50 current rating and Abbot’s 32-26 approval-disapproval rating.

    Abbot, who is widely speculated to be a potential contender in the 2014 gubernatorial elections, would still defeat Davis in a race for the governor’s seat by a margin of 48 percent to 40 percent, according to the poll. Perry also trumped Davis in the 2014 election by a margin of 53 percent to 39 percent.

    The poll was conducted from June 28 to July 1 and used an automated message. The margin of error in the study was +/- 4.4 percentage points. 

  • The Morning Texan: Temperatures drop as the Texas Legislature heats up

    According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday’s high will only be 92 degrees. The day is expected to be mostly sunny.

    The first committee hearings on legislation for the second special session in the Texas Legislature will start today. Hearings are one of the first steps a bill must pass through in order to become law.

    At 9 a.m., the Senate Finance Committee will have a hearing on a joint resolution related to transportation funding. At 9:30 a.m., the Senate Criminal Justice Committee will have a hearing on a bill related to juvenile sentencing. At 3:30 p.m., the House State Affairs Committee will have a hearing on a bill relating to abortion. A Facebook event already has more than 1,000 RSVPs.

    For a glossary of terms you need to know to survive the second special session, click here.

    For a list of lawmakers and activists you need to be aware of to follow the second special session, click here.

    The North Door is hosting a panel on the Texas Legislature at 6:00 p.m. that includes reporters from The Texas Tribune, the Austin Chronicle and Texas Monthly. Check the event out here.

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday’s most read story online: All sides are gearing up for round two of the abortion debate in Texas  check out our preview that ran in the paper on Monday.

    In case you missed it: The City of Austin is being broken up into 10 voting districts in the next city council election, and a UT student is helping to draw the lines.

    What you have to read: Student loan interest rates doubled Monday as a result of an impasse in Washington. College students are now waiting for action on the rates when Congress returns from its July 4 holiday.