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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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All content by Allison Kroll

Proposed bills could harshen penalties, update statutes

Allison Kroll February 23, 2011

Texans could have to watch out for 116 new criminal offenses, depending on the success of bills in the Texas State House of Representatives. Each session, lawmakers propose dozens of pieces of legislation...

Proposed law would merge two statewide school boards

Allison Kroll February 18, 2011

Two Texas education agencies may merge to ease the transition from high schools to universities if a proposed bill passes this legislative session. Rep. Fred Brown, R-Bryan, proposed the bill to...

Texas Senate to deliberate on legislation for abortions

Allison Kroll February 11, 2011

Editor’s Note: This story is the second in a six-part series examining how bills during the 82nd legislative session will impact students. A pre-abortion sonogram bill will head to the Senate...

Safety commission strives to improve response to 911 calls

Allison Kroll February 8, 2011

Austin’s emergency call system may need further planning and revision, members of the Public Safety Commission said in a meeting Monday. Concerns about the 911 system include a lack...

APD notes increase in accidents as city combatted icy streets

Allison Kroll February 7, 2011

Frost-covered roads following Friday’s wintry weather led to more than 400 accidents in and around the Austin area, according to the Austin Police Department. The subfreezing weather that began Tuesday...

Most-wanted criminals list increases arrests

Allison Kroll February 4, 2011

A list of most-wanted individuals released by the Austin Police Department leads to the arrest of about one out of every four criminals each week, an APD sergeant said. Austin’s Top Offenders list...

APD considering updated technology; head, in-car cameras

Allison Kroll February 2, 2011

New digital video technology may allow the Austin Police Department to use cameras worn on the head to record evidence and update in-car technology that the UT Police Department has already implemented. This...

Former APD officer pleads guilty, faces four misdemeanor charges

Allison Kroll February 1, 2011

Former Austin Police Department Officer Leonardo Quintana pled guilty to drunk driving Monday, after his January 2010 arrest in Williamson County. The jury trial, set to begin Monday, did not take place...

City opens green training facilities

Allison Kroll January 27, 2011

High ceilings made of wood, steel and other recyclable materials muffle the sound of firing handguns, rifles and machine guns in a new shooting range designed to improve Austin Police Department’s performance...

UTPD reviews goals for reaccreditation

Allison Kroll January 26, 2011

The UT Police Department will keep meeting a set of international conduct standards because of a continued affiliation with two public safety associations. UTPD Chief Robert Dahlstrom announced...

Speech explores cancer

Allison Kroll December 8, 2010

The challenges and opportunities in cancer research in Texas are progressing with the establishment of a new cancer research institute, a topic addressed by a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist in his presentation...

Austin progressing at faster rate than other post-recession cities

Allison Kroll December 1, 2010

Austin’s progress since the recession is higher than any other U.S. metropolitan city, according to a Brookings Institution report released Tuesday. “Global MetroMonitor: The Path to...

Texas State pending concealed carry approval

Allison Kroll December 1, 2010

Students at Texas State University may become the first in the state to approve of legislative efforts to reverse Texas’ ban on concealed carry on state campuses pending approval from the student...

Holiday weekend’s sales percentages rise little from last year’s numbers despite earlier hours

Allison Kroll November 28, 2010

Although some retailers opened earlier than usual to accommodate shoppers on Black Friday, the extended hours did not translate into more sales, according to a shopping trend analysis firm. Nationally,...

UT professor says profiling not effective against terror

Allison Kroll November 24, 2010

  Racial profiling is a “fundamentally flawed” method of catching terrorists, and is no more effective than random sampling techniques, according to a recent study by a UT computer...

Environment report reveals fuel costs could cost struggling families millions

Allison Kroll November 24, 2010

Texans could save about $16 million in gas costs traveling this Thanksgiving holiday with more fuel-efficient cars, according to a Environment Texas report released Tuesday. Four environment experts...

Bookstore to open inside Dobie Mall, offer rental option

Allison Kroll November 22, 2010

Students will have a new alternative for textbook rentals and purchases starting next week. BookHolders, a 10,592-square-foot store, is set to open Nov. 29 in Dobie Mall. The BookHolders on campus...

Photographers explore variety of life in Texas

Allison Kroll November 19, 2010

Penny De Los Santos has moved in her photography from documenting diverse aspects of South Texas, from prison and gang lifestyles to family life depicted in “Quinceaneras.” “I realized photography...

Book explores Latino depictions

Allison Kroll November 17, 2010

Moving “beyond el barrio” means challenging stereotypes and highlighting the social, cultural and political struggles that shaped Latina/o communities in the past and present — ideas...

Former Secretary of State attributes success to college

Allison Kroll November 12, 2010

In her new book, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gives a candid view of her childhood and college years, especially how they influenced her tenure as the country’s top diplomat. Rice...

A&M tuition bill splits student government

Allison Kroll November 10, 2010

When Texas A&M University’s student body President Jacob Robinson vetoed a bill from the university’s senate earlier this week, the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented Texas residents...

Hindu holiday of Diwali celebrates ‘triumph of righteousness over evil’

Allison Kroll November 5, 2010

Candles lit up the walkway and the steps leading to the Tower as a priest performed traditional prayers Thursday on the Main Mall, and students celebrated an occasion that represents the triumph...

Students react to election results

Allison Kroll November 3, 2010

After Gov. Rick Perry’s successful bid for re-election was announced Tuesday, some students across campus were disappointed, but felt the outcome was expected. Many students who lined...

Lt. governor race favors Dewhurst, faces funding gap

Allison Kroll October 29, 2010

The biggest challenge for the next lieutenant governor, the second-highest ranking official in the state, could be how to plug the state’s ever-growing budget deficit. The latest estimates place...

Latino rally draws Austin political figures

Allison Kroll October 27, 2010

In memory of Emma Barrientos, the wife of a retired state senator, the Travis County Democratic Party and the Austin Tejano Democrats sponsored an early voting rally Tuesday at Zaragosa Park in East...

Benefit concert aims to help pay patient’s medical costs

Allison Kroll October 21, 2010

Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, a rare lung disease, caused Fernando Villa to miss most of his senior year of high school because of 15 hospitalizations to undergo treatment. Villa’s family and...

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