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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 forgo mail-in ballots, travel home to cast 2020 election votes

Andrew Zhang October 23, 2020

During the primary elections in March, Alyssa Crosby sent her application for an absentee ballot far in advance. When she called the election clerk in her home of Tarrant County, they said they never received...

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6 UT-Austin programs named in report about excessive student debt compared to earnings

Arthur Yong October 21, 2020

Six programs at UT-Austin failed debt-to-earnings tests, according to a student debt report by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. According to the report, the foundation used modified versions of tests...

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UT student voters face confusion over where to deliver mail-in ballots

Lauren Goodman October 20, 2020

A legal battle is ongoing after Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to limit mail-in ballot drop off sites to one per county was overturned by a Texas judge on Thursday, causing confusion among student voters...

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Texas Senate Committee on Higher Education discusses education for nontraditional students

Anna Canizales October 16, 2020

Reworking programs to assist nontraditional students is an urgent issue in Texas, with millions of Texans out of work, the Commissioner of Higher Education said during a committee meeting Monday. The...

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John Cornyn, MJ Hegar discuss COVID-19, Black Lives Matter movement at U.S. Senate debate

Neha Madhira October 10, 2020

Republican incumbent Sen. John Cornyn and Democrat candidate MJ Hegar discussed issues such as COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement Friday night during the United States Senate debate. The first...

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Gov. Abbott directs Texas DPS to ramp up West Campus patrols after robberies

Brooke Ontiveros October 8, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott directed the Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday to ramp up patrols in West Campus in response to five robberies reported this week in the area. Abbott said in the press release...

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Naturalization application 81% cost increase temporarily blocked by judge

Brooke Ontiveros October 8, 2020

The fee for becoming a citizen would have increased by 81%, from $640 to $1160, on Oct. 2, but a judge issued a preliminary injunction, or a temporary block, on one of the largest fee increases for citizenship...

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Texas counties can only have one mail-in ballot location, according to new Abbott proclamation

Neha Madhira October 1, 2020

All Texas counties can have only one location for dropping off mail-in ballots by hand starting Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said in a proclamation Thursday.  The parking garage at 700 Lavaca St. will...

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UT-Austin students make plans to vote in person safely

Anna Canizales September 30, 2020

As the presidential election approaches, students are making plans to vote in person while staying safe during the pandemic. Gov. Greg Abbott announced in July that early voting in person will begin...

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COVID-19 vaccine to ‘likely’ be available by end of 2020, Fauci says at 2020 Texas Tribune Festival

Neha Madhira September 29, 2020

More uniform government responses to COVID-19 may have helped limit the pandemic’s reach in the United States, infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Tuesday afternoon during a live recording.  As...

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Former presidential candidate Julián Castro discusses pandemic’s effects on middle class, experience in politics at 2020 Texas Tribune Festival

Lauren Goodman September 29, 2020

Julián Castro, former presidential candidate and United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, discussed how the country’s leadership should address inequality during the pandemic,...

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Texas congressmen, higher education commissioner analyze universities’ $100M pandemic cost

Samantha Greyson September 24, 2020

The Texas higher education commissioner said the COVID-19 pandemic is the “greatest disturbance to our colleges and universities since the Second World War,” due to the financial consequences...