Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

City of Austin begins search for new police chief

City of Austin begins search for new police chief

Tori Duff April 6, 2021
Following last summer’s national protests and confrontation with racism and police brutality, some community activists are looking toward confirming a new Austin Police Department chief from outside the department. 
Austin Public Health officials encourage safety precautions during Easter weekend, registering for COVID-19 vaccine

Austin Public Health officials encourage safety precautions during Easter weekend, registering for COVID-19 vaccine

Tori Duff March 31, 2021

Austin Public Health officials advised people Wednesday to continue COVID-19 safety precautions going into Easter weekend by avoiding large gatherings and to continue trying to sign up for vaccinations. “This...

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Austin approves reopening of cadet academy with changes to include training on racial inequities in policing

Tori Duff March 30, 2021

The Austin City Council approved a blueprint to reopen the police cadet academy Thursday with increased diversity, equity and inclusion training, but community members and activists worry the move will...

Austin-Travis county mask mandate to remain in effect

Sheryl Lawrence March 26, 2021

The Austin-Travis county mask mandate will remain in effect until at least April 21 by the ruling of State District Judge Lora Livingston.  Travis County 261st District Court held the hearing on Friday...

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Experts say ‘there hasn’t been’ a COVID-19 response from Texas, leaving local governments to act ‘much tougher’

Lauren Abel March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan.   COVID-19 has tested state officials’ leadership as the on-going public health crisis has killed nearly...

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How Austin has addressed police reform since a national reckoning with police brutality

Tori Duff March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan. Trigger Warning: Contains mentions of  police brutality, violence and racism.   After nationwide Black...

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Austin Public Health officials look back on a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, look forward to future vaccinations

Samantha Greyson March 13, 2021

Austin Public Health has distributed 134,000 COVID-19 vaccines as of Saturday and is looking toward a “new normal” as Austinites continue to get vaccinated, APH director Stephanie Hayden-Howard...

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Austin Police officer charged with murder of Michael Ramos

Tori Duff March 11, 2021

A Travis County grand jury issued an arrest warrant with a murder charge on Wednesday for Christopher Taylor, the Austin police officer who shot and killed Michael Ramos in April 2020, according to the...

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Student legislative bodies petition for UT to keep mask mandate after Abbott announcement

Skye Seipp March 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 5 print edition.   Student legislative bodies filed a joint resolution asking UT to keep its mask mandate and other COVID-19...

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New apartment complexes set to open this fall in West Campus

Katy Nelson March 3, 2021

Several new West Campus apartment buildings will open to students for the fall semester.  While apartment complexes are reaching out to students with special deals and lease agreements for the...

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Travis County COVID-19 positivity rates decrease, may change risk level next week

Lauren Abel March 3, 2021

Austin may change it’s COVID-19 risk level next week as COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates gradually decrease in Travis County, Mayor Steve Adler said at a Tuesday night press conference. “Dr....

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West Campus apartment complex fire displaces 10 people

Tori Duff March 3, 2021

A fire displaced about 10 residents at a West Campus apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, said Thayer Smith, division chief of the Austin Fire Department. Austin Fire Department put the fire out at...