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Texas state representative files bill to allow UT System student regent voting power

Texas state representative files bill to allow UT System student regent voting power

Sheryl Lawrence April 6, 2021
A Texas State Representative filed a bill at the beginning of March that would amend the Texas Constitution to provide student regents on the boards of public universities with voting power.
State leaders join UT-Austin students to denounce continued use of “The Eyes of Texas”

State leaders join UT-Austin students to denounce continued use of “The Eyes of Texas”

Skye Seipp March 29, 2021

Members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the Texas chapter of the NAACP gathered at the Texas State Capitol to oppose the University’s continued use of alma mater “The Eyes of Texas” at...

More than 25% of Texans skeptical of COVID-19 vaccine, UT-Austin/Texas Tribune poll shows

More than 25% of Texans skeptical of COVID-19 vaccine, UT-Austin/Texas Tribune poll shows

Maya Wray March 28, 2021

Around 28% of Texans have no plans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, even though current vaccines are clinically safe, according to a February poll from UT and The Texas Tribune. On Tuesday, Texas announced...

Minimum wage increase denied in U.S. Congress, alternate bill leaves possibility open

Minimum wage increase denied in U.S. Congress, alternate bill leaves possibility open

Lauren Abel March 26, 2021

Efforts to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 are being postponed after the minimum wage hike failed to be included in the COVID-19 relief package President Joe Biden signed on March 11. According...

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UT partners with Texas Department of State Health Services to sequence COVID-19 samples, detect variants

Samantha Greyson March 25, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 23 issue of The Daily Texan. The University is partnering with the Texas Department of State Health Services to analyze COVID-19 samples from...

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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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What is the current state of federal Title IX policies?

Laurie Grobe March 12, 2021

TW: Discussions of sexual assault, sexual violence Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 9 print edition. President Joe Biden announced Monday he is planning...

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What does lifting the mask mandate mean for Texas businesses?

Tori Duff March 12, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 9 print edition.   Businesses and public places must independently decide to set mask mandates and capacity limits after Gov....

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Legislators file bills to expand Medicaid as Texans struggle to access affordable health care

Lauren Abel March 11, 2021

Texas legislators proposed bills to expand Medicaid and address the state’s health insurance disparities as more than 5 million Texans continue to weather the COVID-19 pandemic uninsured. Approximately...

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Governor Abbott announces 100% business capacity, end of mask mandate beginning March 10

Tori Duff and Samantha Greyson March 2, 2021

Sheryl Lawrence and Skye Seipp contributed to this report. Editor's note: This story has been updated as information has been made available. Update Thursday at 4:30 p.m.: Texas...

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SNAP offers replacements for products lost in storm

Samantha Greyson February 26, 2021

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, recipients can now apply to receive replacement benefits for food lost or damaged in the winter storm, according to Gov. Greg Abbott’s Feb. 19...

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Some students eligible to apply for statewide rental relief funding

Ana Goodwin February 26, 2021

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the application launched on Feb. 15, not Feb. 14 and that the date of prioritizing giving funds to applicants at or below 50% of their Area...