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Bill restricting abortion insurance coverage goes into effect

Chase Karacostas December 1, 2017

A Republican-sponsored bill restricting insurance coverage for abortions goes into effect in Texas today.   House Bill 214, passed during the state’s summer special legislative session, requires...


Individuals who default on their student loans could lose their professional license

Chase Karacostas November 30, 2017

If a student loan borrower defaults on their debt, they could lose or be blocked from renewing any professional licenses or certifications they hold. In Texas, there are 33 state agencies that will...


Federal judge overrules Texas ban on late-term abortion method

Chase Karacostas November 29, 2017

Lee Yeakel, a U.S. District Court Judge, issued a final injunction last week against Senate Bill 8, which would have almost completely banned dilation and evacuation, the most common second-trimester abortion...


Woman stabbed near University United Methodist Church

Chase Karacostas and Lisa Dreher November 28, 2017

Update (4:56 p.m.): Earlier this morning, UTPD sent out a tweet saying they had captured a suspect in last night’s stabbing incident. Following the capture, UTPD handed the suspect off to the...


School of Nursing introduces ‘robo-nurse’ to teach students telemedicine skills

Chase Karacostas November 21, 2017

The School of Nursing is now using a “robot nurse” to give students more experience in the growing field of telemedicine, over-the-phone or online interactions with health care providers. The...

House GOP tax bill could hurt graduate students

Chase Karacostas November 20, 2017

Under the U.S. House GOP tax bill, income taxes for graduate students could double or triple, potentially putting master’s and Ph.D educations out of reach. The bill, known as the Tax Cuts and...

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Scale of opioid epidemic in Texas likely obscured by bad data, experts say

Chase Karacostas November 17, 2017

According to national opioid statistics, it would appear that Texas does not have a severe opioid abuse problem relative to the rest of the nation. Experts say the data is dangerously misleading, however.  “Unfortunately,...


Vice president visits Austin to address Republican Governors Association

Chase Karacostas November 16, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the Republican Governors Association, or RGA, on Wednesday afternoon to garner their support for the new GOP tax plan and reassure them of the Trump administration’s...


Austin program provides free legal representation to anyone facing deportation

Chase Karacostas November 15, 2017

As part of the SAFE Cities Network, Austin is now providing free legal representation to anyone facing deportation. SAFE, which stands for Safety and Fairness for Everyone, was started by the national...


Law professor to run against Republican Ken Paxton for state attorney general

Chase Karacostas November 14, 2017

UT law professor Justin Nelson is running as a Democrat to be the next state attorney general in 2018. Nelson will be vying for the office against Republican incumbent Ken Paxton, who was elected attorney...

Travis County voter turnout drops to 13 percent from 65 percent in 2016

Chase Karacostas November 10, 2017

Travis County voter turnout dropped more than 50 percent between the 2016 presidential election and Tuesday’s local and constitutional election. In 2016, Travis County had a voter turnout rate...

Small town church shooting claims lives of at least 27, injures 20

Chase Karacostas November 6, 2017

Texas’ worst mass shooting in history took at least 27 lives Sunday morning in a small town just two hours away from UT. The shooting, at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, also injured...


Trump supporters, anti-Trump protesters face off at City Hall

Chase Karacostas November 5, 2017

Two groups of protesters, one denouncing President Donald Trump and the other praising him, gathered at Austin City Hall and marched through the streets of downtown Saturday afternoon. The protest originally...


U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith to retire

Chase Karacostas November 3, 2017

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, whose district encompasses most of West Campus, will retire from Congress and not seek re-election in 2018, according to The Texas Tribune. Smith has spent 30 years...


Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tasks Senate Committee on State Affairs with studying free speech on college campuses

Chase Karacostas November 2, 2017

To ensure student freedom of expression is protected, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tasked the Senate Committee on State Affairs to study free speech on college campuses. The decision came two weeks after Texas...


Center for Health Communication receives contract to promote Texas’ prescription monitoring program

Chase Karacostas October 31, 2017

In a critical move for the battle against prescription opioid abuse, Texas awarded the Center for Health Communication a $642,000 contract earlier this month to promote Texas’ Prescription Monitoring...


Trump declares opioid crisis a Public Health Emergency

Chase Karacostas October 30, 2017

President Donald Trump declared a Public Health Emergency late last week to combat the opioid crisis, but critics say it will do little to abate the epidemic. The declaration eases access to some addiction...

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UT professors warn against reporting on baseless research

Chase Karacostas October 27, 2017

As academic institutions become more impatient to announce the next “discovery,” UT professors warn journalists against reporting on non-peer-reviewed or oversold research.  Earlier...


State Rep. Gina Hinojosa hosts online town hall with University Democrats

Chase Karacostas October 26, 2017

State Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, held a town hall on campus Wednesday night where she answered student questions on voter participation and the state of U.S. politics. University Democrats hosts...


Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announces he will not seek re-election

Chase Karacostas October 25, 2017

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced Wednesday morning he would not be running for re-election in 2018. "I believe that in a representative democracy, those who serve in public office should...


City set to formalize College Task Force, giving students new pathway to voice issues

Chase Karacostas October 25, 2017

Austin’s first ever College Task Force will soon be finalized, giving students in the city a formal channel to voice their concerns regarding city issues. City officials are still finalizing the...


For blind student, clear vision is in sight

Chase Karacostas October 24, 2017

In 23 years, Nick Flores has never seen his mother’s face. He can make out the general shape but has never looked into her eyes or seen her smile. Perfect vision is 20-20 in both eyes, but Nick only...


Jeff Sessions visits U.S. Attorney’s office in downtown is greeted by protesters

London Gibson and Chase Karacostas October 20, 2017

High up on the tenth floor of 816 Congress Avenue, the street-level protest against U.S. Attorney general Jeff Sessions went unheard as he gave a speech on the president’s immigration agenda. Sessions...


Protestors take a knee during City Council meeting to protest police brutality

Chase Karacostas October 20, 2017

As Mayor Steve Adler started Thursday’s City Council meeting, two dozen protesters silently got up from their seats, took a knee and held up a banner that read “End Austin Police Brutality.” The...


Trump administration to leave UNESCO by end of 2018

Chase Karacostas October 18, 2017

Citing anti-Israel bias, the Trump administration announced last week its decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization at the end of 2018. Art history...

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Former LBJ school professor begins work as member of Trump administration’s Council of Economic Advisers

Chase Karacostas October 13, 2017

UT faculty member Richard Burkhauser officially began work this month as a member of President Donald Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, CEA. A representative from the Trump administration...


City explores options to help students use financial aid as a form of income when applying for housing

Chase Karacostas October 12, 2017

The City of Austin is now looking into ways to waive the requirement for students to have a co-signor for leases when using financial aid to pay for housing. In a resolution passed last week by the...


City now taking input online for West Campus lighting survey

Chase Karacostas October 11, 2017

The City of Austin is now accepting online public recommendations for the improvement of lighting in West Campus. In May, a City Council resolution was passed that tasked the City Manager with conducting...


Matthew McConaughey visits UT to teach his “Script to Screen” class, and give film students advice on the film industry

Chase Karacostas October 8, 2017

Academy award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey visited UT on Friday afternoon to speak to a crowded auditorium of almost 300 radio, television and film students about his career and his new movie, “White...


City Council renames Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day

Chase Karacostas October 6, 2017

Columbus Day, coming up this Monday, was officially replaced by Indigenous People’s Day in Austin following a City Council vote Thursday morning. Following a push from Equilibrio Norte, an Indigenous...


City Council passes resolution condemning Confederate monuments, takes steps toward potential relocation

Chase Karacostas October 6, 2017

In the first step toward the possible removal of any city-owned Confederate monuments, the Austin City Council passed a resolution Thursday condemning the display of monuments and memorials to the...


University faculty to conduct city-wide gentrification study

Chase Karacostas October 4, 2017

The University is embarking on a year-long study to map the effects of gentrification throughout Austin.   Through an interlocal agreement with the city, three professors will develop an “equity...


Shooting in Las Vegas kills 59, injures more than 500

Chase Karacostas October 2, 2017

A gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500 others, according to Associated Press. The attack,...


Pride Parade attendees reflect on last spring’s fight against ‘bathroom bill’

Chase Karacostas October 2, 2017

Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Austin on Saturday night to celebrate the LGBTQ community after Hurricane Harvey forced Austin Pride to reschedule its annual Pride Parade a month ago.  For...


New laws use crowdfunding to sponsor rape kit testing

Chase Karacostas September 29, 2017

A new state law passed in the spring allows people to donate to rape kit testing when they receive or renew their ID with the Texas Department of Public Safety. The law, House Bill 1729, which was authored...


GOP senators introduce bill to provide pathway to citizenship for Dreamers

Chase Karacostas September 27, 2017

On Monday night, three GOP U.S. senators introduced a new version of the DREAM Act which provides a 15-year pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, individuals brought illegally to the U.S. as minors. This...

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Appeals court allows part of Senate Bill 4 to go into effect

Chase Karacostas September 26, 2017

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that sections of Senate Bill 4 can be implemented, overriding a lower court’s ruling that previously blocked the entire law. The appeals court ruled...


Beto O’Rourke tells students about his life, plans for immigration reform

Chase Karacostas September 25, 2017

Democratic Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke told UT students on Friday afternoon about growing up in the “greatest binational community in the world:” El Paso. After several months...

Legislative director appointed to be deputy of government relations

Chase Karacostas September 21, 2017

Jay Dyer, legislative director to Gov. Greg Abbott, will soon be the University’s direct liaison to the state legislature. Beginning Oct. 16, Dyer will serve as deputy to UT President Gregory...

Fenves appoints former Texas legislative director to UT deputy of government relations

Chase Karacostas September 20, 2017

Starting Oct. 16, Jay Dyer, former legislative director to Gov. Greg Abbott, will serve as deputy to UT President Gregory Fenves for government relations.  In his new position, Dyer will manage...


Speaker of the House Joe Straus calls for removal of ‘inaccurate’ Confederate plaque from Capitol

Chase Karacostas September 20, 2017

On Tuesday morning, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus called for the removal of a “blatantly inaccurate” Confederate plaque located next to the Texas Capitol rotunda on Tuesday morning. In...


Federal judge blocks Sessions from denying public safety grants to ‘sanctuary cities’

Chase Karacostas September 18, 2017

U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber issued a nationwide order on Friday afternoon to block Attorney General Jeff Sessions from denying law enforcement grants to so-called “sanctuary cities.” Leinenweber,...


UT faculty member appointed to Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers

Chase Karacostas September 15, 2017

President Donald Trump has appointed UT faculty member Richard Burkhauser to be a member of the administration’s Council of Economic Advisers. The White House news release announcing the position...


Trump and Democratic leaders send mixed messages about DACA’s future

Chase Karacostas September 15, 2017

President Donald Trump and Democratic Senate and House leaders sent out conflicting messages about the future of young, undocumented immigrants Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  The controversy...

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City sends cleanup and repair crews to help areas affected by Harvey

Chase Karacostas September 15, 2017

Bulk trash collection and street sweeping services will be affected over the next few weeks while City of Austin cleanup crews help clear trash and debris in areas damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The cities...


Supreme Court takes up Texas redistricting case

Chase Karacostas September 14, 2017

In a 5–4 decision Tuesday night, U.S. Supreme Court ruled to block two lower court rulings to redraw several Texas legislative districts while it considers an appeal from Attorney General Ken Paxton....


UT parking, Lyft partner to offer free rides for students from campus to residential locations

Chase Karacostas September 13, 2017

Lyft is now offering free nightly rides for students traveling from campus to nearby residential locations seven days a week from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.  Starting Monday night, Lyft began offering a...


Court to hear SB 4 arguments on Sept. 22

Chase Karacostas September 8, 2017

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Thursday it will hear arguments Sept. 22 on Senate Bill 4 following State Attorney General Ken Paxton’s attempt to stay the temporary block of the...


With DACA’s end looming, immigrants and activists speak out

Will Clark and Chase Karacostas September 6, 2017

Activists across Austin shared their personal stories Tuesday protesting President Donald Trump’s order to end the executive action known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The University...


Sessions: DACA “is being rescinded” with six-month delay

Chase Karacostas September 6, 2017

The White House decided to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy with a six-month delay, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday. Current beneficiaries of the program,...


University Leadership Initiative holds press conference regarding DACA

Chase Karacostas September 5, 2017

At 2 p.m., University Leadership Initiative held a press conference at the J.J. Pickle Federal building in downtown on President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood...


DACA “is being rescinded” according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Chase Karacostas September 5, 2017

The White House has decided to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy with a six-month delay, according to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Current beneficiaries of the program...


Senate Bill 4 protest sends one student to hospital, one arrested

Chase Karacostas, London Gibson, and Lisa Dreher September 1, 2017

Update (9/4):  University of Texas Police arrested a protester on charges of assault and bodily injury at 11:45 a.m. Friday after a Daily Texan reporter was hit, drawing blood and requiring stitches...


Statewide texting-and-driving ban to go into effect after decade-long battle

Chase Karacostas September 1, 2017

Texas House Rep. Tom Craddick’s texting-and-driving ban goes into effect statewide today after four failed attempts at passage. The ban, known as House Bill 62, prohibits reading, writing or sending...


UT law, history experts say Littlefield statue plaintiffs likely lack grounds in lawsuit against Fenves

Forrest Milburn and Chase Karacostas September 1, 2017

On Wednesday, the University filed to dismiss a lawsuit against President Gregory Fenves for his recent decision to remove four statues from campus, claiming the plaintiffs have no grounds to sue. On...


City resolution expands city housing financial aid to co-ops

Chase Karacostas August 31, 2017

Austin is in the process of allowing housing cooperatives to apply for city housing financial aid in an effort to expand housing options and reduce rent for members of co-ops. In a resolution passed...

Federal judge blocks ‘sanctuary cities’ bill SB4

Chase Karacostas August 31, 2017

San Antonio federal court judge Orlando Garcia temporarily blocked Senate Bill 4, also known as the “sanctuary cities” ban. The law, two days away from being implemented, has been subject...


Trump visit to Austin sparks both protests and applause from students

Chase Karacostas August 30, 2017

Facing a wall of law enforcement officers, hundreds of protesters lined Koenig Lane as President Donald Trump’s motorcade drove past on its way to meet Gov. Greg Abbott for a briefing on damage from...


Experts say Beto O’Rourke not likely to win Senate seat

Chase Karacostas August 30, 2017

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic challenger to Ted Cruz’s U.S. Senate seat, is pledging to work across the aisle to reduce the cost of higher education. On Friday, O’Rourke...


President Trump to visit Austin for briefing on hurricane damage

Chase Karacostas August 28, 2017

Update: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be stopping in Austin this afternoon following a visit to Corpus Christi to see the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. President Trump’s...


Students return from summer break to find new eateries

Chase Karacostas August 28, 2017

In the midst of rain from Hurricane Harvey, thousands of students returned to campus to find that several new businesses opened on the Drag over the summer. Poke Bowl and Look Poke, eateries specializing...


Littlefield descendant sues Fenves for Confederate statue removal

Chase Karacostas August 24, 2017

Steven Littlefield, a descendant of Major George Washington Littlefield, is suing UT-Austin president Gregory Fenves for taking down the four statues Littlefield donated to the University a century ago. Filed...


Hundreds rally at Austin City Hall to protest white supremacy

Chase Karacostas August 19, 2017

Standing in the blistering Saturday morning heat, East Austin activist Richard Franklin challenged hundreds of protesters to combat all forms of white supremacy, even in individuals Americans normally...


New Pizza Shop donates profits to Harrison Brown Memorial Fund

Chase Karacostas May 5, 2017

As she sat inside her still-unopened pizza parlor, Lisa Hilo heard police sirens racing toward campus. Suddenly, the lively West Campus community she loved was silent from the fear and chaos of Monday’s...


Looking Forward

Chase Karacostas May 5, 2017

Looking Forward: Criner Following a DNA backlog and other delays, the trial date for Meechaiel Khalil Criner has been pushed back to August at the earliest by Travis County Judge David Wahlberg....

Moody College to open center bringing sports, media together

Chase Karacostas May 4, 2017

The Moody College of Communication will establish the Center for Sports Communication and Media in the fall to catapult the University to the forefront of sports media research and studies. The Texas...


SG fast-tracks Brown memorial resolution

Chase Karacostas May 3, 2017

The Student Government Assembly unanimously passed a resolution in memory of undergraduate studies freshman Harrison Brown Tuesday evening. On Monday afternoon, an attacker killed Brown in an on-campus...


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Chancellor McRaven gives State of the System address

Chase Karacostas May 1, 2017

As a four-star admiral in the military, Chancellor William McRaven said Friday afternoon he was surprised to learn of widespread sexual assault within the Special Forces, a revelation which led to his...


O’s kiosk at Ransom Center collects dust for two years

Chase Karacostas April 28, 2017

An abandoned food stand has sat empty in front of the of the Harry Ransom Center for two years. The University-owned stand was shut down by O’s Campus Cafe, the company that used to manage it,...


Students protest to demand the University end its contract with Nike over alleged human rights abuses

Chase Karacostas April 25, 2017

Students gathered on the steps of the UT Tower at noon Monday to protest the University’s contract with Nike, accusing the multinational footwear company of letting human rights abuses occur in their...


UT chemists develop efficient chemical detector

Chase Karacostas April 24, 2017

Chemists at UT are opening the door for medical advances after synthesizing a material that can drastically reduce the cost and time required for chemical testing. The material called PCM-22 was announced...

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McDonald Observatory dedicates $40 million upgrade

Chase Karacostas April 21, 2017

The University’s McDonald Observatory in West Texas dedicated its $40 million telescope upgrade last week and is now performing an in-depth study of a mysterious force known as dark energy. The...


Organization uses “4/20” Bake Sale to promote medical amnesty policy

Chase Karacostas April 21, 2017

The organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy sold $1 brownies and made jokes in honor of “4/20” Thursday to raise awareness for the University’s medical amnesty program for drug...


SG tackles SB 576, menstrual products

Chase Karacostas April 19, 2017

High-traffic bathrooms on campus could soon be stocked with menstrual hygiene products. The Student Government Assembly introduced Joint Resolution 1, which supports placing products such as pads and...

Majority of 110th Student Government assembly representatives recurringly absent

Chase Karacostas April 14, 2017

A majority of the Student Government assembly was absent from at least one out of every five assembly meetings during the last session. The Daily Texan obtained SG attendance records for the 110th session...


Geology professor talks sea level rise

Chase Karacostas April 7, 2017

If carbon dioxide levels are not stabilized soon, almost 150 million people will be displaced by rising sea levels and forced to move inland by 2100, according to a geology expert. Geology professor...


New vice president, SG assembly sworn in

Chase Karacostas April 5, 2017

The 111th Student Government assembly and Micky Wolf, student body vice president, were sworn in at its inaugural meeting last night. Student Body President Alejandrina Guzman missed the meeting as...


UTPD records show highest crime rates occur during September

Chase Karacostas March 31, 2017

Crime rates in and around residence halls jumped by almost 50 percent last September, according to records of all UT Police Department calls in the last seven months. According to records obtained by...

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