The Daily Texan

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City/state reporter says goodbye to the Texan, but for real this time

December 10, 2018

I moved to Austin for my sophomore year from the University of North Texas in Denton. The small town was my humble beginnings and I was sad to leave my old North Texas Daily staff. Upon coming to UT,...

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‘Afraid to be vulnerable’: A male student opens up about being a sexual assault survivor

December 7, 2018

Editor’s note: The name of the source has been changed to protect their privacy. James wasn’t sure what to think walking back to his apartment after a one-night stand with a man he met on...

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Excitement around the Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke Senate race spikes as young voters mobilize

November 6, 2018

Miram Garcia remembers interning for Beto O’Rourke in 2015 when the El Paso congressman was only known within the border city’s limits. Garcia talked to O’Rourke about his possible run...


Companies involved with Trump administration’s family separation policy have business ties to UT

October 15, 2018

UT-Austin and other UT System schools have partnered with General Dynamics Information Technology and numerous other entities under contract with the United States government, involved with carrying out...


New to campus? Here’s a handy guide for bike and scooter safety

August 29, 2018

Austin is a dense city, so freshmen and other incoming UT students biking or trying the new Lime and Bird dockless scooters need to know how to navigate campus and downtown. Laura Dierenfield, a division...


Woman stabbed near University United Methodist Church

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...

Austin Police arrest two males in physical altercation in West Campus

October 31, 2017

On Tuesday, the Austin Police Department arrested two males involved in a physical altercation on 24th Street and Rio Grande Street, according to public information officer Tara Long. Long said a call...


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

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...


Austin police partner with UNT Health Science Center

September 1, 2017

In the aftermath of its lab’s closure, the Austin Police Department will now send a majority of its faulty DNA cases to the University of North Texas Health Science Center to determine if retesting...


Austin may test delivery robots in the future

August 30, 2017

Austin may have robots rolling down its sidewalks delivering food in the near future. According to Austin Transportation Department spokeswoman Marissa Monroy, Austin is actively seeking delivery robots...


Year in Review

May 5, 2017

Stabbing On May 1 at 1:46 p.m., the UT Police Department responded to a call about an individual attacking a student with a large, Bowie-style hunting knife in the Speedway Plaza. Two minutes later,...

Uber says it will return to Austin if ride-hailing bill passes

May 5, 2017

Exactly a year after Uber and Lyft left Austin, Uber said it will return if the state passes a bill turning local regulation of ride-hailing services over to the state. “If the statewide ride-sharing...


Protesters participate in sit-in demanding Gov. Greg Abbott to not sign ‘sanctuary cities’ bill

May 2, 2017

Norma Herrera was among those protesting Senate Bill 4 on Monday, the same day her mother was getting her annual check-in with immigration enforcement.  This time around, Herrera was afraid her...


Austin Mayor Adler said based on meeting with Attorney General Austin is not a sanctuary city

April 28, 2017

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said based on his meeting with the U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday, Austin’s policy protecting undocumented immigrants is not violating federal law. Adler met Attorney...


Smart Trips encourages greener transportation

April 26, 2017

The Austin City Council decided Thursday to continue a program that will assist residents with personalized commuting routes by bus, bike or carpool in an effort to eliminate cars and reduce traffic congestion. Capital...


Austinites participate in March for Science

April 24, 2017

Austinites in lab coats and NASA t-shirts marched on Earth Day from the State Capitol to support scientific research and education amidst budget cuts to research-based federal agencies.  The march...


Austin Tax March demands President Trump release tax returns

April 17, 2017

Protesters chanted “traitor” and “show us your taxes” as they demanded President Donald Trump release his tax returns during a protest at the state Capitol on Saturday afternoon. About...


UHS to train medical staffers on health care for transgender students in next academic year

April 14, 2017

During an appointment with UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center, Thatcher Combs said the counselor repeatedly expressed his surprise that Combs was transgender instead of addressing the mental...

Federal judge strikes down voter ID law

April 12, 2017

A federal judge struck down a Texas voter identification law Monday for the second time, saying it intentionally discriminated against minority voters. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos repeated...


Austin representatives say Texas lacks proper education funding

April 11, 2017

The House and Senate continue to disagree over the proper amount of funding for education and this Legislative session’s priorities, state lawmakers from Austin said Monday. During a panel hosted...

City to vote on potential West Campus apartment building

April 7, 2017

A new 20-unit apartment complex may come to the West Campus area next year if the city approves it on Monday. Developer Sudhakar Allada said his four-story apartment complex, AVON @22, would be located...


Federal, state lawmakers continue attempts to defund Planned Parenthood

April 6, 2017

While sitting in an examination room for a regular check-up, Courtney Naquin spotted anti-abortion rights stickers covering her hometown doctor’s laptop, making her feel uneasy when she should feel...

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Attorney General Paxton believes travel bans are ‘constitutional’

April 5, 2017

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday the original and revised travel bans under President Donald Trump are within his authority as they are a matter of national security. “I think they...

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CapMetro votes to officially remove 21st Street, Speedway bus stops

April 3, 2017

Capital Metro voted Monday to permanently keep the bus detours caused by Speedway construction that UT originally said were temporary. Routes 18 MLK, 412 E-Bus, 640 40 Acres, 642 West Campus and 663...


Democrat congressman announces challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz

April 3, 2017

A Democratic congressman from El Paso, Beto O’Rourke, announced Friday he will challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 as an underdog opponent to a national conservative leader.  O’Rourke,...

Democratic congressman announces challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz

March 31, 2017

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, announced Friday he will challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 to resurge the Texas Democratic Party. O’Rourke, a technology entrepreneur in his...


Adler: ‘Sanctuary city’ lacks clear definition

March 31, 2017

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Thursday it is unclear whether Austin is a sanctuary city since Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told him the federal government cannot define the term. On...


CapMetro votes to officially remove 21st Street, Speedway bus stops

March 30, 2017

Capital Metro voted Monday to permanently keep the bus detours caused by Speedway construction that UT originally said were temporary. Routes 18 MLK, 412 E-Bus, 640 Forty Acres, 642 West Campus and...

U.S. Census revises previous data on Austin population growth

March 29, 2017

The U.S. Census released a revised report last Thursday saying Austin officially exceeded 2 million residents in 2016, and not 2015. A report released last June by the Census Bureau said Austin surpassed...


Students, teachers, parents rally to support more state funding for public schools

March 27, 2017

Hundreds gathered at the Capitol on Saturday morning to protest state legislation and budget cuts that would favor private schools by decreasing funding for public schools.  Students, teachers...

Bill simplifies FAFSA, widens aid eligibility

March 24, 2017

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, introduced a bill that would simplify the financial aid application process and broaden students’ eligibility. “Many of the questions on the...


Federal judge says Austin ICE raids in response to sanctuary city policy

March 22, 2017

A federal judge revealed Monday that federal agents told him last month’s immigration enforcement raids in Austin were in response to a policy protecting undocumented immigrants. U.S. Magistrate...

Texas redistricting ruled discriminatory

March 20, 2017

A federal judge panel on March 10 ruled that three Texas congressional districts, including one from Central Texas, were drawn with the intention to discriminate against Latino and black voters. The...

35 ICE detainers declined in February under Travis County Sheriff’s Office policy

March 10, 2017

In February, Travis County Sheriff’s Office declined 35 requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain suspected undocumented inmates, according to public records from the office. ICE...

CapMetro approves new transit system

March 8, 2017

CapMetro approved a new transit system which includes more UT shuttles and high-frequency bus routes last Monday. The 10-year plan, called Connections 2025, will cost an additional $9 million per year...

Protesters disrupt march for Donald Trump

March 6, 2017

Supporters of President Donald Trump and anti-Trump protesters yelled and pushed each other in the cold rain Saturday during a pro-Trump march to the Capitol. “I was trying to get all these people...

Democrat announces 2018 campaign against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

March 6, 2017

Businessman Mike Collier, who ran as a Democrat in 2014 for Texas comptroller, announced Thursday he will challenge Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in next year’s race. Collier, a Houstonian and retired...

U.S. Senate confirms former Texas governor Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy

March 3, 2017

The U.S. Senate confirmed former Texas governor Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy on Thursday. The Senate voted 62 to 37, making Perry the secretary of a department he promised to abolish...


U.S. Department of Justice won’t pursue Texas voter ID law case

March 2, 2017

A U.S. district court judge heard arguments Tuesday over whether a Texas law requiring government-issued identification to vote is discriminatory, but without the U.S. Department of Justice’s backing.  U.S....


Hundreds protest state legislation outlawing sanctuary cities

March 1, 2017

On Tuesday, high school senior Rocio Ramirez tearfully told a large crowd at the Capitol her father was deported two weeks ago. “I’m just here to show people to not give up and to keep...


No Ban, No Wall rally at Capitol supports immigrants, refugees under Trump administration

February 27, 2017

On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, said divisive rhetoric in America is nothing new, saying his grandmother remembered derogatory signs about Mexicans like herself in the...


Austin has most ICE arrests of immigrants not convicted of crimes

February 24, 2017

Austin has the highest percentage of undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions in the U.S., according to reports by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE Wednesday. “Most of the...


Friends, professor remember what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was like at UT

February 23, 2017

In the 1970s, then UT undergraduate Jack Randall befriended a freshman percussionist in the Longhorn Band who frequented barbecue joints as a drummer in a country western band.  Decades later Rex...

Trump rolls out new deportation rules

February 23, 2017

President Donald Trump expanded immigration enforcement’s abilities to deport undocumented immigrants under a new policy released Tuesday. The Department of Homeland Security released two memorandums...

Judge says Planned Parenthood cannot be defunded by state until full trial

February 22, 2017

On Tuesday a federal judge delayed the removal of Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program for the second time this year, again citing a lack of evidence from state attorneys. Tuesday’s...

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to be tried twice for securities fraud

February 20, 2017

State Attorney General Ken Paxton will be tried twice over charges of securities fraud and violation of federal securities regulations on Thursday, according to special prosecutors.  “There’s...

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Attorney General Ken Paxton makes Texas first to legally support travel ban

February 17, 2017

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton made Texas the first state to legally support President Donald Trump’s travel ban Wednesday.              Paxton said...


Hundreds protest downtown for national “Day Without Immigrants” strike

February 17, 2017

More than 400 protesters marched downtown Thursday as part of the national “Day Without Immigrants” in response to the federal government’s recent crackdown on undocumented immigrants. At...


Austinites partake in movement to end violence against women

February 15, 2017

On Tuesday, Sophia Strother spoke to a crowd of people at the Capitol about how she overcame domestic violence and sex trafficking as part of a global movement to end violence against women. “I...


Austin ranked best city to live in by U.S. News and World Report

February 14, 2017

Last week, Austin was ranked the best city to live in by U.S. News & World Report, but Mayor Steve Adler said the city faces hiked-up housing and affordability from its growth. “It’s...