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30: Managing editor says goodbye after realizing she has to leave at some point

December 5, 2016

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan basement office. The term comes from the typesetting mark (—30—)...

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UT swimmer Joseph Schooling beats Michael Phelps to take Olympic gold

August 13, 2016

Longhorn athletes continued to be a fixture on the podium in the 2016 Olympics with junior swimmer Joseph Schooling taking gold for Singapore in the 100-meter butterfly. The 21-year-old marked his second...

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West Campus apartments lack incentives to increase sustainability

December 3, 2015

Grant Kjeldsen moved into 2400 Nueces at the beginning of the fall semester because a friend offered to give him all of his furniture if he took over his lease. The finance junior loves the building, and...

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Students struggle to find affordable housing options near campus

November 13, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the second piece in a two-part series of stories examining the affordable housing options available to students looking to live in West Campus. The first part ran Thursday. When...

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Controversy surrounds Board of Regents

August 3, 2015

UT System Board of Regents member Wallace Hall filed a lawsuit against System Chancellor William McRaven on June 22 with the Travis County District Clerk for withholding information about “influence-peddling”...

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University task force prepares to announce its recommendation on Davis statue controversy

July 27, 2015

The task force assembled to review the Jefferson Davis statue and other Confederate statues is set to present its recommendations to UT President Gregory Fenves on August 1.  Following the shooting...

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Austinites march to Capitol in honor of Sandra Bland

July 24, 2015

A crowd of about 300 people gathered at the steps of the Capitol on Thursday night to remember 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Waller Creek County jail cell July 13. The procession...

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UT to continue sidewalk, bikeway expansion

July 22, 2015

While the rest of the city struggles to find funding to build necessary pedestrian infrastructure, UT is on track to continue to build more sidewalks and bikeways on campus. The 2012 Campus Master Plan...

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Friends gather to remember life of Marcelo Flores

July 16, 2015

The sun dipped behind the architecture building, and the summer evening breeze ruffled the hair of 75 heads in the South Mall. Recent UT architecture graduate Barron Peper organized a vigil for his...

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Former UT professor steps down from position as Greek finance minister

July 7, 2015

Former UT economics professor Yanis Varoufakis resigned from his position as Greece’s finance minister July 6. Varoufakis remains in his position as a member of the Greek parliament. Robert Hutchings,...

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One-ply toilet paper is here to stay

July 2, 2015

UT stocks their bathrooms exclusively with one-ply toilet paper, and it’s not going to change any time soon. Toilet paper costs the University $174,000 a year, when just looking at buildings served...

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Supreme Court places hold on Texas’ abortion law

June 29, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked Texas’ law shutting down all but nine abortion clinics in the state. Texas health care providers asked the Court to hold provisions of...

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State attorney general says county clerks can deny granting same-sex couples marriage licenses based on personal beliefs

June 28, 2015

Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a written opinion June 28 county clerks may refuse to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple if doing so violates their personal beliefs. “County clerks...

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Regent Wallace Hall is suing System Chancellor William McRaven

June 28, 2015

UT System Board of Regents member Wallace Hall is suing Chancellor William McRaven for withholding information about “influence-peddling” in admissions. Hall began requesting access to thousands...

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Supreme Court upholds same-sex marriage as a right

June 26, 2015

This story is developing, and we will post updates in this article as they occur. Update (11:02 p.m.): Thousands of people gathered on Fourth Street on Friday evening to celebrate the U.S. Supreme...

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UT System Regent Wallace Hall files lawsuit to sue System Chancellor William McRaven

June 24, 2015

UT System Board of Regents member Wallace Hall is suing System Chancellor William McRaven, officials confirmed Tuesday evening. Jenny Lacoste-Caputo, spokesperson for the UT System Board of Regents,...

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Three Confederate statues on campus vandalized Tuesday morning

June 23, 2015

As students rally for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from campus, the statues of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston, and Davis were vandalized early Tuesday morning. The three statues...

Hall threatens legal action, seeks documents

June 22, 2015

Attorney General Ken Paxton approved Regent Wallace Hall’s request June 15 to hire a lawyer to sue the UT System. Hall, a member of the UT System Board of Regents, threatened to sue the System...

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West Campus apartments offer tanning beds to residents

June 14, 2015

As new apartment complexes continue to rise in West Campus, they're beginning to share a new standard in amenities: tanning beds. Eleven apartment complexes in West Campus offer free tanning,...

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City Council approves plan for Moody College skybridge over Dean Keeton Street

June 13, 2015

Students will be able to cross Dean Keeton Street without touching the street pavement starting early 2016.  The Austin City Council approved the Moody College’s skybridge project, which...

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City prepares for X Games with road closures, detours downtown

June 4, 2015

The City of Austin is preparing for the second annual X Games with lane closures and detours downtown. Streets south of the Capitol building will be blocked off for the opening event of the X Games, Moto...

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City Council approves additional funding for Ebola precautions

May 8, 2015

As the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department continues to monitor two individuals for signs of the Ebola virus, nearly seven months after the first American patient was diagnosed, the...

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UTUnrated exposes graphic content

May 7, 2015

UTUnrated, a Snapchat account that receives hundreds of submissions from University students, publishes a daily Snapchat “story” that includes, on an average day, nude photos, videos of people...

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SG approves resolution supporting student-led efforts to combat racism, sexism

May 6, 2015

The Student Government Assembly voted 24–1–1 in favor of a resolution, AR 6, which supports all student-led efforts to raise awareness and stop the repetition of racism and sexism at UT. Several...

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Cannabidiol supplements aim to give higher quality of life to pets

May 1, 2015

As the Texas Legislature continues to debate legalizing medical marijuana for humans, people do have the option of purchasing related products for members of their households — specifically, their...

City water rates increase to offset reduction in consumption

April 30, 2015

Although Austin is improving its water conservation practices, water rates increased about 13 percent in the last year, according to Austin Water Utility officials. Austin’s water prices are rising...

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Light pollution complicates McDonald Observatory improvements

April 30, 2015

The stars in West Texas are now competing with the glow from oil drilling rigs and gas flares in the Permian Basin, the largest oil field in the state. UT’s McDonald Observatory teamed up with...

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City Council approves funding for Asian-American quality of life study

April 24, 2015

The University will conduct a study about Asian-American quality of life in Austin funded by the Austin City Council.  On Thursday, the Council approved to pay the University $139,758 for a one-year...

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Austin businesses support LGBT community

April 23, 2015

Some Texan businesses are banding together to show their support for the LGBT community through Texas Competes, a coalition of businesses and pro-business organizations working toward workplace equality,...

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Austin fights congestion with “Don’t Block the Box” campaign

April 22, 2015

The Austin Police Department has issued more than 800 citations related to the newly implemented “Don’t Block the Box” campaign, which started April 6. The campaign, targeted at downtown...

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Dell Medical School pediatrics chair emphasizes communication with community

April 21, 2015

Steven Abrams, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UT-Austin’s Dell Medical School, spoke Monday morning to doctors and nurses from Austin about his vision for the department’s future. Abrams...

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City Council amends code for adult-oriented businesses

April 17, 2015

Austin City Council voted unanimously Thursday to pass amendments to the city code that will change the way adult-oriented businesses receive permits to open.  With the new amendments, adult-oriented...

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As Austin grows, off-campus rent prices rise

April 17, 2015

Students who live off-campus often move there in search of prices more affordable than dorm room rates — which, at the cheapest, are $1,084 a month for a shared bedroom and community bathroom. But...

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UT students share their experience with sex ed in Texas

April 14, 2015

When radio-televisionfilm sophomore Holly Cook first came to UT, she had never taken a formal health or sex education course. Cook, who attended Clear Lake High School in Houston, learned what she knew...

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Adler delivers his first State of the City address

April 14, 2015

Steve Adler said at his first State of the City address Monday that Austin has snagged number one spots in three lists: best cities for tech industry, best cities for wildlife and the most economically...

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Artists, city fight to keep murals safe from vandalism

April 10, 2015

The city has no specific prevention methods to keep murals in Austin from being vandalized, but it invests significant funding to clean up graffiti when it occurs, according to city officials.  Carole...

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Barbecue joints face possible new City regulations

April 2, 2015

Cuatro Kowalski, owner of the West Campus barbecue restaurant Freedmen’s, plans to oppose the Austin City Council’s proposed resolution that would require restaurants near residences to mitigate...

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George P. Bush awarded inaugural Latino Leadership Award

March 31, 2015

UT President Bill Powers presented land commissioner George P. Bush the inaugural Latino Leadership Award on Monday evening. The president’s office worked in conjunction with the Center of Mexican...

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Sororities raise more than $30,000 for philanthropies during RoundUp weekend

March 30, 2015

Ten UT sororities raised a combined total of more than $30,000 for charities during RoundUp, one of the Greek system’s biggest annual fundraising weekends. RoundUp is an annual weekend-long event...

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Austin City Council shelves amendment clarifying street performer regulations

March 27, 2015

Austin’s street performers, or buskers, are waiting for more clarification on their rights after Austin City Council decided not to vote on city code amendments Thursday. The Council withdrew...

Sen. Ted Cruz announces 2016 presidential bid

March 24, 2015

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race over Twitter on Sunday and in a speech at Liberty University in Virginia on Monday. Cruz is the first major candidate to announce...

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City project to improve Guadalupe Street generates significant student feedback

March 23, 2015

As the Austin Transportation Department seeks feedback about improving Guadalupe Street, Student Government’s City Relations agency is working to amplify student voices in the conversation.  The...

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Alamo Drafthouse to open sixth Austin location in Mueller

March 23, 2015

Alamo Drafthouse will open a new location in the Mueller community in East Austin. Austin’s sixth Alamo Drafthouse will be located on Aldrich Street, the community development’s town center. “Ever...

Uber, Lyft operate under temporary agreement with Austin-Bergstrom

March 23, 2015

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft operated out of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) under temporary permits during this year’s South By Southwest, although ABIA had originally...

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Planned Parenthood rally highlights women’s health issues in legislature

March 12, 2015

Planned Parenthood and 550 of its supporters rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday during its biennial Lobby Day rally. State senators and representatives welcomed rally attendees, who wore pink and held...

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Uber unable to operate at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport during week of SXSW

March 10, 2015

Days before the start of South By Southwest, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport officials said Uber will not be able to operate out of the airport during the festival next week. Airport officials...

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UT student population size will not be affected by state population growth

March 10, 2015

UT’s student population will not increase at the same rate as Texas’ projected 2050 population growth, according to University officials. Last week, the Office of the State Demographer released...

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President of the Ford Foundation, UT alumnus Darren Walker to deliver commencement address

March 9, 2015

Darren Walker, UT alumnus and president of the Ford Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at the spring commencement ceremony on May 23, University administrators announced Friday. Walker began...

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People’s Community Clinic will open second location in northeast Austin

March 6, 2015

After 45 years, the People’s Community Clinic is expanding its reach and building a second Austin location in hopes of making health care more accessible for its patients. The Austin City Council...

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CapMetro releases real-time bus information

March 3, 2015

CapMetro now allows its passengers to track all of the entity’s buses in real time. “The real-time data is enabled by GPS technology, which signals a minute-by-minute countdown at each bus...

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Jefferson Davis statue temporarily defaced amidst debate about its presence on campus

March 2, 2015

The Jefferson Davis statue on the South Mall was temporarily defaced by a blue-chalk “CHUMP,” with an arrow pointing up to Davis, scrawled on the statue’s base early Friday morning. It...

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LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015

February 27th, 2015: On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss University Democrat's Student Government endorsements, developments in the ongoing campus carry debate, and...

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Austin City Council works to amend code to prevent strip club from opening on Fifth Street

February 27, 2015

The Austin City Council is working to block the construction of a strip club on Fifth Street and Congress Avenue by voting to amend the city code.  The Austin City Council voted Thursday to begin...

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Urban Outfitters buys Mellow Mushroom’s, Manju’s leases

February 26, 2015

Mellow Mushroom and Manju’s are leaving Guadalupe Street because of Urban Outfitters’ upcoming expansion across five neighboring stores. Urban Outfitters bought out the leases of five stores...

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Same-sex marriage stay to continue until US Supreme Court ruling, says Texas Supreme Court spokesperson

February 24, 2015

The Texas Supreme Court’s stay on the state’s same-sex marriage ban may remain in effect until the expected Supreme Court ruling this summer, according to Osler McCarthy, staff attorney for...

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After day of joy and confusion, sole same-sex marriage in Texas remains on the books

February 20, 2015

The couple exchanged vows in front of their children and had an official Texas marriage license in hand — but for several hours Thursday afternoon, it was unclear whether Austin residents Suzanne...

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Updated: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton calls on state Supreme Court to block Travis County gay marriage ruling

February 19, 2015

Updated (5:14 p.m.): According to Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, the marriage of Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend is valid despite the Texas Supreme Court issuing a stay order for the...

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University looks to establish safety procedures for blackouts

February 19, 2015

The University of Texas does not have specific protocols to deal with blackouts but will begin to form new procedures for dealing with possible future power outages, according to University officials. “We...

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Gov. Abbott prioritizes higher ed in first State of the State address

February 17, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott made higher education research an “emergency item” in his first State of the State address Tuesday. In his speech at the Capitol, Abbott urged lawmakers to prioritize...

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Adler, other Texas mayors oppose state property tax caps

February 17, 2015

Mayor Steve Adler and eight other Texas mayors met with representatives of the state legislature Monday to discuss property tax revenue caps across Texas. Mayors from Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort...

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City Council approves funding for bicycle detection technology

February 17, 2015

Cyclists in Austin will soon be able to use their smartphones to optimize travel time on busy intersections.  Austin City Council voted Thursday to accept $200,000 from a Texas Department of Transportation...

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Protests erupt over “border patrol” themed fraternity party

February 13, 2015

Over a hundred students, faculty and staff stood outside of the Texas Fiji house Thursday, chanting, “Hey, ho, these racist frats have got to go,” to protest a party the fraternity held last...

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City Council, University work to raise awareness of dating violence

February 10, 2015

As Austin City Council plans to declare February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month on Thursday, the University and Austin organizations are working to raise awareness about domestic violence...

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Senate budget would put Planned Parenthood on lowest tier for women’s health care funding

February 6, 2015

Specialized clinics that offer breast and cervical cancer services, such as Planned Parenthood, will be the lowest priority recipients for women’s health care funding if the Texas legislature passes...

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After 30-day grace period, APD enforces hands-free ordinance

February 3, 2015

Jan. 1, a City of Austin ordinance declared Austin hands free, prohibiting the use of hand-held devices while driving or biking. After a 30-day grace period which ended Sunday, Austin Police Department...

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Austin City Council will launch task force to boost public engagement

January 23, 2015

The Austin City Council attempted to boost public participation in Council meetings Thursday by projecting a livestream of community members’ texts and tweets on the wall. Although most of the...

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New 500-person apartment complex will open summer 2016

January 22, 2015

Next summer, more than 500 students will be able to move into a new 20-story apartment complex at 21st and San Antonio streets.  The complex, “University House,” will include 188 rooms,...

In State of the Union address, Obama emphasizes college affordability

January 21, 2015

In his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama called for wider access to higher education and implored Congress to fully subsidize the cost of community college for qualified...

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Austin City Council starts new year, proposes changes in public hearing process

January 21, 2015

Members of the Austin City Council are considering making structural changes to the Council’s decision-making process and will discuss the proposed changes at a public hearing Thursday.  The...

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New neighborhood group forms in Hyde Park

January 20, 2015

Hyde Park residents formed an online-based neighborhood association that seeks to better represent renters’ interests than the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, which was formed in 1974. The...

Adler, Martinez square off in mayoral debate

December 8, 2014

Mayoral runoff candidates Mike Martinez, Austin City Council member, and attorney Steve Adler squared off in the last of KLRU’s Civic Summit debate series and discussed different issues including...

Proposed state bill clarifies definition of hazing

December 5, 2014

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini proposed a bill in November that, if enacted, would update and clarify the legal definition and repercussions of hazing.  Senate Bill 33 amends Texas’ hazing...

Abbott challenges Obama’s immigration executive order with 17 other states

December 3, 2014

Greg Abbott, attorney general and governor-elect, challenged President Barack Obama’s immigration order on Wednesday, saying he stepped out of his bounds. Abbott issued a statement on...

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Mayoral candidate Steve Adler discusses Proposition 1, property taxes

December 1, 2014

Mayoral candidate Steve Adler sat down with The Daily Texan to discuss his policy plans and opinions should he be elected. Adler faces off against Austin City Council member Mike Martinez in the runoff...

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City Council member Mike Martinez discusses transportation, water conservation

November 25, 2014

Mike Martinez, Austin City Council member and mayoral candidate, sat down with The Daily Texan to discuss his plans should he be elected. Martinez faces off against Steve Adler in the runoff for Austin...

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Adler, Martinez discuss Council structure, land code in mayoral debate

November 23, 2014

With less than a month until mayoral candidates Steve Adler and Mike Martinez face each other in a runoff election on Dec. 16, the two continued their series of debates last week. Adler and Martinez, who...

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City Council approves plan for land development code rewrite

November 21, 2014

In looking at the land development code rewrite Thursday, the Austin City Council voted 6-1 to approve Approach 2, known as “The Deep Clean,” which reformats the code with a medium amount of...

Abbott, Perry criticize President Obama’s action on illegal immigration

November 21, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry and Governor-elect Greg Abbott both expressed disapproval about President Barack Obama’s executive action to reform the United States’ immigration system. Calling the country’s...

Mayoral runoff candidates debate about affordability

November 20, 2014

The first of eight Austin mayoral runoff debates grew heated as the candidates discussed property taxes Wednesday at the Time Warner Cable News studio. On Election Day, Steve Adler and Mike Martinez...

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Yoga instructor combines yoga and black metal music

November 17, 2014

Traditional yoga class soundtracks don’t include artists such as Cradle of Filth or Pallbearer in their playlists, but Amy Patton uses them in hers. Patton started teaching black yoga at Eastside...

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Abbott expected to pursue affordability in higher education goals

November 14, 2014

When Greg Abbott laid out his higher education plan in September, he said affordability would be key. With Abbott now set to become governor in January, Barry McBee, UT System vice chancellor and chief...

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Adler, Martinez prepare for runoff in mayoral race

November 12, 2014

Despite last week’s elections, many of the Austin City Council races remain undecided. Eight City Council races will be decided Dec. 16, including the mayor’s race, as only three candidates...

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Chris Riley drops out of District 9 runoff

November 8, 2014

Austin City Council member Chris Riley dropped out of the runoff election Friday for the City Council’s District 9 seat. With 49.1 percent of the vote, City Council member Kathie Tovo was just...

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City Council passes bike plan, continues CodeNEXT discussion

November 7, 2014

At their meeting Thursday in the newly renovated chambers in City Hall, the Austin City Council passed the Bicycle Master Plan and agreed to discuss the land development code rewrite at their next meeting. The...

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Failed urban rail plan leaves city back at the drawing board

November 6, 2014

With Austin voters rejecting Proposition 1 on Tuesday, the city will have to look at new options in order to continue its efforts to improve Austin’s transportation infrastructure. Prop. 1 proposed...

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Abbott elected next governor in landslide victory

November 5, 2014

Attorney General Greg Abbott was elected the state’s next governor by about a 20-point margin Tuesday night, extending the Republican Party’s hold on statewide elections to 16 years. At...

Early voting remains constant at UT from 2010

November 4, 2014

This election season’s early voting turnout increased by only 39 votes on campus since the last gubernatorial and midterm election in 2010.  This year marked the start of new changes...

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City Council to look at city bicycle plan

October 31, 2014

On Guadalupe Street, bikers can stay in a protected lane off to the side and clearly marked with bright green paint. The lane stretches from Martin Luther King Boulevard to 24th Street. But after that,...

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Cole encourages students to participate in local politics

October 30, 2014

With Election Day nearing, Sheryl Cole, mayor pro tem and mayoral candidate, encouraged students to research their local government candidates and vote at a talk in Welch Hall on Wednesday. At...

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State Sen. Wendy Davis makes on-campus campaign stop

October 28, 2014

With one week of early voting left before Election Day, State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, took the microphone in front of a packed SAC Ballroom and encouraged students to vote during her on-campus...

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City Council looks at revising land development code

October 24, 2014

The Austin City Council heard Thursday from consultants and the public about CodeNEXT, a plan to revitalize the current city land development code. In June 2012, the Council adopted a 30-year comprehensive...

Republicans lead Democrats in latest election polls

October 24, 2014

Republican candidates hold substantial leads in the major Texas races, according to a statewide poll conducted from Oct. 10 through Sunday. The lastest online poll conducted by The Texas Tribune...

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City Council’s District 3 race features 12 candidates

October 23, 2014

With early voting underway in the first Austin City Council election under its 10-ONE structure, many student neighborhoods — such as West Campus and Hyde Park — are located in District 9,...

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Mayoral candidates debate transportation, housing in on campus debate

October 21, 2014

With early voting underway, three major mayoral candidates stressed the importance of students affecting change with the Austin City Council’s first election under its 10-ONE structure, which divides...

Supreme Court keeps voter ID law in place for 2014 elections

October 20, 2014

Two days before early voting, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold Texas’ controversial voter identification law for the 2014 elections. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the law Saturday,...

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Council member Kathie Tovo talks about transportation, women’s health issues

October 20, 2014

Kathie Tovo, Austin City Council member and District 9 seat candidate, sat down with The Daily Texan to discuss her plans should she be re-elected. This year’s city election is the first under the...

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Austin City Council votes to allow transportation network companies

October 17, 2014

The Austin City Council approved an ordinance Thursday, in a 6-1 vote, to allow transportation network companies, or TNCs, to operate in the city. The ordinance will be in effect until August 2015. The...

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Austin mayoral candidates debate water conservation, transportation at on-campus forum

October 16, 2014

Six Austin mayoral candidates debated issues, such as water conservation, transportation and emergency protocol, at an on-campus event Wednesday night. The forum, hosted by KUT at the Belo Center for...

Supreme Court puts HB2 provisions on hold

October 15, 2014

The Supreme Court temporarily put two provisions of House Bill 2 on hold Tuesday, allowing some abortion clinics in Texas to reopen. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled earlier in October...

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