• The Morning Texan: Abortion legislation at final stage

    The temperature in Austin is staying high. According to the National Weather Service, Friday's high is expected to be 101 degrees. This weekend will remain much the same, although there is a chance of thunderstorms Sunday night.

    Today at 2 p.m., the Senate will convene to debate abortion legislation. If they pass the bill, as they are expected to do, it will head to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday's most read story online: UT student Varun Bhatnagar survived Asiana Flight 214 and the plane's crash landing. Check out his story. 

    What you have to read: While a presentation from MyEdu’s executives to the UT System’s Board of Regents elicited a positive response from the Regents on Thursday, some UT students are not pleased with the changes in MyEdu and the direction the company has taken since the system invested $10 million in 2011.

    In case you missed it: UT is in talks with Masik Collegiate Fragrances to develop a school scent specifically designed for UT that could be released by the end of this year.

  • Texas Senate set to debate, pass abortion legislation

    After weeks of controversy, national headlines, emotional testimonies and heated debates, the Texas Senate is all set to pass abortion legislation tomorrow when it convenes at 2 p.m.

    House Bill 2, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks, places restrictions on clinics in Texas and provides further regulation for abortion-inducing drugs, has been passed by a House committee, the full House and a Senate committee. Now, the full Senate will consider the bill. If the Senate passes it without any amendments, the bill will go to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's desk. And with the end of the second special session weeks away, Texas Democrats cannot rely on a filibuster to kill the bill.

    Critics of the bill have said the bill would make abortions difficult to obtain in Texas, as the legislation has the potential of closing more than 30 abortion clinics. Supporters of the bill have, however, said the legislation increases the quality of women's healthcare and the safety of abortion. 

    Rick Santorum, the latest national political figure to descend on Austin to speak on the legislation, spoke in support of the bill at a press conference Thursday morning.

    "This is the movement of love...that is what the movement is about," Santorum said. "This is to be celebrated. I wanted to come down here and stand with these men and women who are doing something great."

    At the same press conference, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst warned that any outbursts from the gallery Friday would result in clearning out the gallery. During the first special session, a loud, continous outburst from the gallery helped prevent the passing of abortion legislation.

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  • The Morning Texan: Rick Santorum visits Texas

    Thursday's high could be over 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

    At 9 a.m. this morning, the Texas Senate will convene. Once the Senate adjourns, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is expected to hold a press conference with well-known conservative Rick Santorum. 

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday's most read story online: Ted Cruz's media director sent several dismissive tweets about The Daily Texan. Check it out here.

    What you have to read: The UT System Board of Regents held a meeting yesterday. And while a presentation of MyEdu elicited a positive response from the UT Regents, not all students feel the same. Check out our recap here.

    In case you missed it: UT student Varun Bhatnagar recalls his experience on Asiana Flight 214 and the plane's crash landing.

  • Abortion legislation passes Texas House

    The Texas House approved legislation increasing regulations on aboritons Wednesday morning, sending the bill to the Senate for a final vote.

    The bill, HB 2, was voted in 96-49 after a day of heated debates and numerous attempts at passing an ammendment allowing abortions in the case of rape or incest. All attempts were tabled, and the bill could be heard by the Senate as early as this Friday. 

    During the final vote on the bill, a woman began to scream in the gallery and was removed by state troopers carrying her by hands and feet. 

    The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks in Texas and place more regulations on clinics that perform abortions if passed. Supporters of the bill claim it would make the procedure safer, but opponents say it would make getting an abortion more difficult and close most clinics that provide abortions in Texas.