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

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UT-Austin students react to drawn-out 2020 presidential elections, Texas staying red

Andrew Zhang November 13, 2020

UT students kept their eyes glued to their televisions and cell phones on election night, waiting for the results determining the next president of the United States. However, the race would not be called...

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler, UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell speak at UT COVID-19 Conference

Amanda Figueroa-Nieves November 12, 2020

Austin Mayor Steve Adler commended UT’s COVID-19 research Wednesday at the UT COVID-19 Conference. The two-day conference showcased UT researchers’ COVID-19 findings and featured Adler as...

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City of Austin hosts meeting for District 9 citizens to ‘re-imagine public safety’

Brooke Ontiveros November 11, 2020

The city of Austin held a meeting Tuesday to discuss alternative responses to public safety incidents in City Council District 9, which includes West Campus. Roughly 30 residents signed up to participate...

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Austin Water implements racial equity recommendations from UT-Austin student team

Lauren Womack November 11, 2020

Austin Water is implementing recommendations from a proposal by a UT-Austin community and regional planning student team dedicated to improving the racial equity of the city’s water utilities. Miriam...

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‘It’s like they’re living in a completely different world’: UT-Austin students turn to social media to shame partiers as COVID-19 cases rise

Nicole Stuessy November 10, 2020

Caleb Brock could see bumper-to-bumper cars lining the stretch of Leon Street from the balcony of his West Campus apartment Oct. 29. “We thought there had to have been an accident or something,”...

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Ballots cast in Travis County jumps by 125,000 in 2020 election compared to 2016

Skye Seipp and Neha Madhira November 5, 2020

Around 125,000 more ballots were cast in Travis County for the 2020 general election than during the 2016 election.  In 2016, 477,588 ballots were cast, while 602,398 were cast this year. Among...

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2 incumbents, 1 new candidate win 3 of 5 open Austin City Council seats, rest go into runoffs

Samantha Greyson November 4, 2020

Of the five open Austin City Council seats this election, Vanessa Fuentes won District 2, Greg Casar won District 4 and Leslie Pool won District 7 as of 11 p.m. on Election Day. District 6 is a runoff...

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Democrat José Garza wins Travis County District Attorney race against Republican Martin Harry

Brooke Ontiveros November 4, 2020

Democrat José Garza won the Travis County District Attorney race with 70.98% of the vote against Republican candidate Martin Harry as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to KXAN. Garza will take office...

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Incumbent Democrat Sally Hernandez wins Travis County Sheriff with 71% of vote

Amanda Figueroa-Nieves November 4, 2020

Incumbent Democrat Sally Hernandez has been reelected the Travis County Sheriff as of 8 p.m. on election night, defeating Republican candidate Raul Vargas with 71.3% of the vote, according to KXAN news.  The...

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Explaining local Travis County races in the 2020 general election

Lauren Goodman October 30, 2020

The Daily Texan put together a list to help inform the UT community on races of interest on the Travis County 2020 general election ballot.  Early voting runs through Friday, and Election Day is Nov....

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New 30-story student living apartment set to open in 2022, offer affordable housing

Skye Seipp October 30, 2020

West Campus will have a towering new addition to its skyline with a 30-story apartment complex set to open in August 2022.  Waterloo will be one of the tallest buildings in the area at 320 feet,...

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Austin City Council earmarks $7.5 million for research partnership with UT-Austin

Athena Hawkins October 27, 2020

The city of Austin approved a five-year interlocal agreement with UT in an effort to streamline their research partnership and make the approval process for joint projects more efficient. The agreement...