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2014-04-25_Brewery_Miriam

Austin breweries look forward to expansions, further legislation

April 25, 2014

Some local breweries are planning to make major renovations to take advantage of a recent change in the city code that allows Austin breweries to sell beer for on-site consumption. Austin City Council...

Project Connect team expands analysis of transportation mode options

April 14, 2014

In six weeks, the Austin City Council will vote on a public rapid transit system plan to integrate with the existing transportation infrastructure in Austin and central Texas, but, first, the Project Connect...

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Civil rights icons recall experiences on the front lines

April 10, 2014

On May 4, 1961, a few months before President Barack Obama was born, John Lewis and the rest of Freedom Riders were prepared to die as they rode public buses through the deep South to protest segregation. “Some...

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LBJ and MLK were friendly during 1960s civil rights legislation

April 9, 2014

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Lyndon B. Johnson had an amicable relationship, even as King and others pressured Johnson to introduce new civil rights legislation, according to Andrew...

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Jimmy Carter discusses racial and women’s rights issues at Civil Rights Summit

April 9, 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter said there are still racial and women’s rights issues the United States still needs to address in a conversation at the Civil Rights Summit on Tuesday. In the conversation,...

City Councilman Mike Martinez enters campaign for Austin mayor

April 8, 2014

City Councilman Mike Martinez launched his campaign for Austin mayor Saturday. The news comes after Councilwoman Laura Morrison announced she would not run for mayor on March 18. Martinez, who...

Dallas Fed report suggests Texas creates many jobs at all pay levels

April 4, 2014

Although Texas’ job growth continues to outpace the rest of the U.S. at all pay levels, a highly educated workforce is essential for Texas to continue making significant economic gains, according...

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Following “stealth dorms” ordinance, affordability issues remain

March 31, 2014

As the “stealth dorms” ordinance goes into effect Monday, potentially decreasing housing density in some areas, city council members consider ways to address affordability issues in Austin. The...

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College Republicans state convention highlights changes to campaign strategies

March 31, 2014

In an effort to win over younger voters, several Republican candidates vying for statewide offices spoke at the State College Republican Convention on Saturday. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, George P. Bush,...

For Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, education is a familiar issue

March 28, 2014

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole has spearheaded numerous projects since she was first elected to Austin City Council, but she said the moment that had the most impact on her political career came when she was...

Texas’ Equal Pay Act may only affect small portion of women

March 28, 2014

Gubernatorial candidates state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and their student supporters have settled on equal pay and wage discrimination as the next key...

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Original artists may take pay cut to restore vandalized murals

March 25, 2014

The artists of two murals that were vandalized in January will be restoring their original works over a period of 10 weeks but may not be paid for their time. The University Co-op asked original...

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City council makes final decision to reduce house and duplex occupancy limits

March 21, 2014

Austin City Council gave final approval to a city code amendment reducing the number of unrelated adults who can live together in a single-family dwelling from six to four, in a 6-1 vote on Thursday. Without...

As council considers ‘stealth dorms’ vote, economic study comes back inconclusive

March 19, 2014

Austin City Council may choose to vote on banning so-called “stealth dorms” at its meeting Thursday, even though a study assessing the impact of the ban on housing affordability concluded that...

Students become more involved in proposed city code against stealth dorms

March 18, 2014

Student Government members are trying to increase student action against a city code change, proposed in November, which may further limit the number of students who can legally live together in a house. If...

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Austin transportation and businesses respond to surge of visitors

March 17, 2014

As South By Southwest 2014 comes to a close, business managers and Austin transportation officials expect data to reveal record numbers of visitors and passengers. The AT&T Executive Education...

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University and city officials put construction spotlights on Waller Creek

March 7, 2014

Just as surveyor and Austin mayor Edwin Waller considered Waller Creek a beautiful resource in his original 1838 plan for the city, recent University and city master plans are beginning to feature the...

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City will research possibility of Austin MLS soccer team

March 7, 2014

Austin may get its first professional sports team by 2020, as the City Council began discussing a possible Major League Soccer team Thursday. Mayor pro tem Sheryl Cole sponsored a resolution, which...

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Wendy Davis promises to not raise taxes and to fund education with a budget surplus

March 7, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Forth Worth, said she wouldn’t raise taxes to fund programs such as education in a discussion hosted by the Texas Tribune on Thursday. Davis...

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Dan Patrick, David Dewhurst to face off in run-off election in Republican lieutenant governor primary

March 5, 2014

HOUSTON — After a close and hard-fought primary election, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, took a lead over incumbent David Dewhurst in the race for the Republican candidate for lieutenant...

Texas primary elections will decide Republican lieutenant governor candidate

March 4, 2014

Tuesday night, the four-way race for the Republican lieutenant governor campaign will be decided and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, will presumably become...

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SG to focus efforts on “stealth dorm” issue

March 4, 2014

Although there has not been much student involvement in the “stealth dorm” issue, Student Government plans to develop resolution regarding the issue, according to incoming SG President Kori...

Students uninformed about judicial candidates

February 28, 2014

As early voting continues and primary elections are underway, judicial candidates receive relatively little attention compared to other candidates, such as those running for governor, according to a judicial...

Study suggests Teach for America supports charter school policies and education privatization

February 27, 2014

Although Teach for America, known as TFA, does not maintain an official position on charter schools, a recent study suggests the organization has significant ties to groups lobbying for charter school...

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Updated: Perry and Abbott file notice of appeal in same-sex marriage case

February 26, 2014

Updated (Thursday 4:12 p.m.): One day after U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the state of Texas filed a notice of appeal in federal court...

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University’s water conservation efforts expand to dorms

February 26, 2014

As drought conditions continue to worsen, the University is in the process of expanding its water conservation efforts by targeting dorm residents’ water usage. Markus Hogue, UT’s irrigation...

New polling numbers show comfortable lead for Abbott, other Republican candidates

February 25, 2014

According to polling released Monday, Republican attorney general Greg Abbott has an 11-point lead over likely Democratic opponent state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth in a race for the governorship. The...

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Project Connect narrows down modes of transportation being considered

February 24, 2014

The project to create a public transportation system aimed at reducing traffic congestion has narrowed the modes of transportation being considered in Austin from 14 to two — bus rapid transit and...

Dell Medical School construction will result in semester-long road closures

February 21, 2014

In an effort to complete the construction of the Dell Medical School on time for the school’s first class of medical students in July 2016, UT officials said the University will complete multiple...

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Artists and University Co-op crowdsource to restore 40-year-old mural defaced by graffiti

February 19, 2014

After public outcry over the defacement of two murals near 23rd Street and Guadalupe, the original artists, the University Co-op and Austin officials have removed the majority of the graffiti and are crowdsourcing...

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Austin City Council approves shortened period of study on “stealth dorm” ban impact

February 15, 2014

At approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday, Austin City Council took an initial vote to limit the number of adults who are not related to each other allowed to live in a residence built on single-family zoned property. In...

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Experts disagree about effects of gentrification on long-time residents

February 14, 2014

As affordable housing continues to be an issue for University students and the city considers banning “stealth dorms,” which would further limit available housing options, a recent study conducted...

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City uses environmentally friendly dolomite on icy roads

February 13, 2014

Buried in the heart of the city, surrounded by warehouses, dead-end streets and U.S. Route 183, lies a collection of materials that, together, make up Austin’s emergency preparedness plan. The...

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Local comedy gem Esther’s Follies stands up for Sixth Street

February 7, 2014

Sixth Street comedy show Esther’s Follies changes week to week to keep up with current events, but the show’s owners said they are opposed to certain larger changes, including planned renovations...

Elimination of algebra II requirement could hurt high school students’ college readiness

February 7, 2014

The Texas State Board of Education’s vote to eliminate algebra II as a public high school graduation requirement will decrease the student body’s diversity and college readiness, according...

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City bike share program may compete with University’s program

January 30, 2014

Austin will add three new bike kiosks near campus to its bike sharing program, but the additions may conflict with an existing student-run bike-rental program. B-cycle manages the Bike Share of Austin,...

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UT professors weigh in on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address

January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama promised to work to increase equality with or without congressional help in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Obama said he plans to increase students’ access...

Cold weather may affect House District 50 on outcome

January 28, 2014

Cold weather may decrease voter turnout for the House District 50 runoff election between Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle on Tuesday. After state Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin,...

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Volunteers face cold weather to count homeless for annual survey

January 27, 2014

As unusually cold weather hit Austin this weekend and forced the University and most city offices to close down, volunteers drove throughout Austin to find and count homeless people for an annual...

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Wendy Davis’ educational proposal aims to increase supply of Texas school teachers, counselors

January 27, 2014

A little more than a week after gubernatorial hopeful and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, released part of her educational platform aimed toward increasing the number of teachers and counselors in...

Students lack information about recycling services

January 24, 2014

Although the City of Austin continues to implement an ordinance aimed at increasing recycling, students remain uninformed about recycling services available to them. According to Aiden Cohen, City of...

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Waller Creek projects will revitalize downtown ecology and economic development

January 23, 2014

For years, business owners avoided building in some parts of downtown — the chance the area would flood made the decision too economically risky. If the City of Austin’s Waller Creek Tunnel...

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Capital Metro introduces fare changes and MetroRapid

January 21, 2014

To increase public transit and reduce Austin congestion, Capital Metro will launch MetroRapid, a bus line which will include more direct routes, fewer stops and the use of transit-priority lanes, on Sunday. The...

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Many bar owners continue to oppose proposed Sixth Street renovation design

January 16, 2014

At city meetings open to the public, citizens and stakeholders raised concerns about the city’s plan to renovate Sixth Street. Carl Daywood, bar owner and Sixth Street Association board member, said...

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Graffiti vandals deface historic mural on Guadalupe

January 15, 2014

Following a series of graffiti taggings in recent months, businesses, street artists and Austin police are discussing ways to restore a 40-year-old mural that was defaced last week. Graffiti was first...

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Austin brings temporary public art to city parks

January 15, 2014

As part of a city project meant to highlight artists’ work and enhance Austinites’ visits to public parks, several artists are installing temporary art pieces to display in public parks in...

Project Connect begins design and funding phase of high-capacity transit system

January 14, 2014

This month, Project Connect — a coordinated effort between the City of Austin, Capital Metro and Lone Star Rail — will begin mapping out routes and pursuing funding for a high-capacity transit...

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Google Glass to hold event in Austin to win over public

December 14, 2013

Google Glass — Google’s wearable computer — will be available for the public to try in Austin on Saturday and Sunday. Users can make calls, take pictures or video, get directions or...

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Study shows Austin homeless population declining

December 6, 2013

A recent report found that the homeless population in Texas, including in the Austin area, has declined in recent years. Although these general populations have been decreasing, the University does not...

Sixth Street renovation designs face opposition

December 4, 2013

As Austin City Council continues to plan renovations to Sixth Street, some local bar and business owners claim extensive construction will cause disruption, decrease traffic flow and dismantle the street’s...