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Science Scene: Sous vide offers an alternative cooking method

March 27, 2014

Whether you are a burgeoning Iron Chef or you get nervous just watching Ina Garten, the concept behind cooking is fairly universal: to kill harmful pathogens and to make the food tastier to eat.  Over...

In-N-Out plans for Central Austin locale

April 30, 2013

Austin residents may soon be able to visit the popular fast food chain In-N-Out Burger without needing to take a road trip to its nearest location in Fort Worth. Carl Van Fleet, vice president of planning...

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Caffe Medici renovations anticipated to be complete by mid-May

April 29, 2013

As the approach of finals week has students taking shelter in coffee shops, renovations brewing at Caffe Medici may not be ready until mid-May. The cafe’s Guadalupe Street location, which opened...

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Austin City Council may give more consideration to clarity of bike parking requirements

April 26, 2013

Cyclists may soon receive more consideration from city officials regarding the convenience of parking downtown as Austin continues to strive to be a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city. An ordinance...

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Seaholm Power Plant site to be developed into public space for retail, apartments

April 22, 2013

The site of the iconic “City of Austin Power Plant” sign, the Seaholm Power Plant, will soon be redeveloped for use as a pedestrian-friendly public space including shops, restaurants and apartments. The...

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Gender and Sexuality Center offers support to LGBT community throughout history

April 18, 2013

Following failed legislation both at Texas A&M and at the state level that would defund LGBT centers and clubs in Texas, UT’s Gender and Sexuality Center remained a place for queer students...

Urban Rail back on track under new leadership

April 17, 2013

After delays in the planning process, Austin’s Urban Rail initiative is back on track with a new leader set on getting the project going at full steam. The Urban Rail is a project that aims to...

City Council moves forward with Austin Energy independent board

April 12, 2013

After receiving extensive input from Austin residents, City Council moved forward with the process of creating an independent, unelected board to govern Austin Energy. Several hours of the council’s...

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Google Fiber will come to Austin in 2014

April 10, 2013

Google Fiber will bring Austin residents and UT students access to some of the world’s fastest internet speeds in 2014, challenging Austinites to find ways to use the service at its full potential. Google...

RunTex founder Carrozza about company’s future despite Riverside’s eviction notice

April 9, 2013

Following the eviction of RunTex from its 17-year-old location Thursday, RunTex officials say they are headed in a positive direction to continue their mission to help Austin residents get more fit. An...

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New water treatment plant reported on schedule for 2014 completion

April 5, 2013

The City of Austin reported its new water treatment plant is on track for completion following a decision last December by the City Council to grant extra $15 million to the project. Water Treatment...

Bill would look into restructuring sexual assault policies at Texas universities

April 4, 2013

Victims of sexual assault on college campuses currently do not have a clearly defined protocol for reporting these crimes, but a bill in the Texas Legislature is trying to address the issue. The bill...

Austin Energy gathering data before moving to new governing board

March 29, 2013

With ample support from residents, the Austin City Council is taking extra steps to gather data before deciding on whether or not to approve an unelected governing board for Austin Energy. Austin...

Bill would allow background checks for students wanting to live on campus

March 28, 2013

Students at public universities in the state may start being subjected to criminal background checks that could determine whether they are allowed to live on campus.  A bill passed on the Senate...

Barton Springs to open doors for the year, following repairs

March 27, 2013

Although Texas weather is struggling to make up its mind, Saturday’s reopening of Barton Springs Pool is a sure sign that summer is on its way.  The pool, which is fed by a natural spring,...

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Trail of Lights will come back for at least five more years

March 27, 2013

After last year’s glowing success, the Trail of Lights will be turned back on for this year’s holiday season and for several years beyond. The trail was cancelled in 2010 and 2011 because...

City of Austin considers structural changes to Barton Springs

March 25, 2013

As Austin City Council prepares to make decisions regarding structural changes to Barton Springs, it has a pool of conflicting voices concerned about the proposed changes. The Barton Springs Pool...

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UT alumna prepares for six-month space mission

March 20, 2013

The 50th woman in space and UT alumna Karen Nyberg is preparing to take off in two months for a six-month mission to the International Space Station.  Nyberg will launch for the space station on...

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Rainey Street historical buildings may be relocated

March 19, 2013

The rapidly-developing Rainey Street may undergo an even more drastic face-lift because of an amendment that would allow developers in the area to relocate historical buildings to other parts of the city...

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Bill Gates weighs in on higher education, newspapers in interview with The Daily Texan

March 13, 2013

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, stopped by campus last week for the opening of the Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, which will...

Highland Mall, Airport Boulevard to get makeovers with upcoming ACC campus

March 8, 2013

The partially abandoned Highland Mall property will now be converted into grounds for a new Austin Community College campus starting later this month, as part of a larger city initiative to transform Airport...

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Bill Gates speaks on campus for grand opening of computer science complex

March 7, 2013

Bill Gates touted UT’s position as one of the top computer science institutions in the world during festivities for the grand opening of the University’s brand new computer science complex,...

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Students protest The Daily Texan for running anti-Islamic advertisment

March 7, 2013

A group of students protested outside Texas Student Media on Wednesday demanding a public apology from The Daily Texan regarding an advertisement promoting anti-Islamic sentiments that ran on Monday. The...

Bill would make obtaining warrants for DWI blood samples easier

March 6, 2013

Law enforcement officials may have an easier time obtaining warrants to draw blood samples from suspected drunken drivers across counties because of a bill filed in the Texas House of Representatives. Currently,...

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Austin draws names for applicant review panel

March 5, 2013

The City of Austin took another step forward Monday in its search for citizens to draw new city representation lines for the November 2014 elections. The city will be split into 10 districts, each represented...

Bill would allow CapMetro to serve areas outside Austin

March 4, 2013

Students and employees who commute to Austin from surrounding areas such as Georgetown and Kyle may have more public transit options headed their way in the future. Currently communities that cannot...

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City-wide plastic bag ban requires shoppers to bring their own reusable bags

February 28, 2013

Students who forgetfully stash collections of reusable grocery bags in closets and car trunks will actually need to remember to bring their bags into stores starting Friday, when a city-wide ordinance...

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TEXAS grants may be reduced for upperclassmen, given to more incoming freshmen

February 20, 2013

While questions linger over the possibility of fixed-rate tuition, student finances may be further altered if state legislators choose to modify the dispersal of TEXAS grants to benefit incoming freshmen. The...

Local church advocates for religious equality

February 19, 2013

While several state senators continue to advocate for LGTBQ rights in the Texas Legislature, similar support for religious equality has become more apparent in Christian churches nationwide. In an overwhelming...

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University faculty continues its opposition to concealed carry on campus

February 19, 2013

With the idea of allowing concealed weapons on campus making its rounds again in the Texas Legislature, the University’s Faculty Council affirmed its stance for the third time against allowing firearms...

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UT professor and co-developer of 3-D printing weighs in on future of the technology

February 18, 2013

Between gun control debates and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, 3-D printing has become a topic of interest in mainstream conversation, but UT students may find the concept hits...

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Historical monument at Mount Bonnell may be replaced, other fixtures added

February 13, 2013

Both natives and visitors to Austin who enjoy the expansive views of the city from Mount Bonnell may see changes to fixtures at Covert Park if a proposed plan is approved by Austin City Council. The...

UT-Austin medical school plans continue despite lawsuit

February 8, 2013

University officials remain unconcerned as a group of Travis County residents gear up to bring a lawsuit in state court challenging the tax increase that will fund UT’s new medical school.  Proposition...

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This is Austin’s “Golden Era,” Leffingwell says

February 6, 2013

With the University’s upcoming medical school and the city’s rapid expansion in several major industries, Mayor Lee Leffingwell spoke of Austin as being in a “golden era” in his...

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Curfews for city trails may be waived beginning June following council resolution

February 4, 2013

Students who use walking and biking trails such as the Shoal Creek trail adjacent to West Campus may have access to the trails 24/7 because of a resolution passed by City Council waiving current curfews...

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UT students can now help draw Austin district lines, determine representation

February 1, 2013

While Austin officials are taking applications from citizens to draw lines for the city’s single-member districts, UT students have an unparalleled opportunity to represent themselves in Austin’s...

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Perry says Rainy Day fund should help water and traffic flow

January 30, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry touted Texas as “stronger than ever”  in his State of State Address and called on legislators to begin using the state’s largely untouched Rainy Day Fund as a way...

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Austin conducts homeless count amidst efforts to decrease homelessness

January 28, 2013

Though much of UT students’ experiences with the homeless population involve being panhandled by “Drag rats,” several students have gotten involved with an Austin group that aims to completely...

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City may extend ban on smoking to outdoor patios

January 25, 2013

The public areas where smokers can enjoy lighting up may dwindle further as public health advocates fight to clear the air of the dangerous risks of secondhand smoke to Austinites. The city placed a...

Bill proposed by Texas Senator Kel Seliger would slash standardized testing in high schools

January 23, 2013

Texas high school students may have the opportunity to graduate with fewer required standardized tests and more concentration in career pathway courses because of a bill proposed Tuesday in the Texas Senate. State...

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Obama sworn in for second term

January 22, 2013

President Barack Obama continued to advise ideals of reinvention and change as a way to adapt to challenges in America’s future after he was sworn into his second presidential term at Monday’s...

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State Rep. Mike Villarreal legislates through learning

January 18, 2013

Though Texas Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, is a UT doctoral student, his interest in supporting higher education in the legislature is rooted in years of research and a passion for supporting future...

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New downtown Austin bars granted alcohol permits after previous tenants’ eviction

January 18, 2013

Several downtown Austin establishments were given new permits to sell alcohol after their previous tenants were evicted following a high-profile FBI raid and money laundering scandal last year. The...

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Supercomputer continues UT’s streak in research excellence

January 17, 2013

The University is trying to stake a claim as a leader in interdisciplinary science research with the recent installment of the world’s most powerful academic supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing...

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Austin City Council Declares 2013 ‘Year of Food Waste Prevention and Recovery’

January 15, 2013

Austin residents will see more visible changes to the way food waste is handled after City Council declared 2013 the “Year of Food Waste Prevention and Recovery.” The resolution passed by...

National Instruments CEO donates $10 million for new UT engineering building

January 15, 2013

After the Cockrell School of Engineering got a $10 million donation for its new Engineering Education and Research Center, Gregory Fenves, dean of the Cockrell School, said the new facilities will make...

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Wheatsville Co-op granted waiver to sell alcohol at new location

January 14, 2013

Residents in South Austin will no longer need to trek north to purchase the specialty beers and wines offered by Wheatsville Food Co-op, thanks to a waiver granted by the city council last month. The...

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More and more students taking out loans to pay for college

August 6, 2012

When Morgan Bond enters UT as a freshman this fall, she will have 27 college credit hours under her belt. When Morgan graduates from UT in three years, as she hopes to do, she will be waist-deep in thousands...

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Primary runoff election slated to be hot race

July 31, 2012

Primary runoff elections are coming to a final vote Tuesday. Texas will name a winner in a U.S. Senate battle some are calling the hottest race in Texas. Since U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson announced...

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Plaintiff sues UT fraternity over responsibility for assault

July 30, 2012

A former freshman is suing UT fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, claiming she was sexually assaulted after one of the organization’s parties during new student orientation. The plaintiff said she was...