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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Nolan Hicks

Texas anti-bullying bills introduced

December 8, 2010

After a summer of well-publicized deaths of several gay teenagers across the nation, two Texas lawmakers have introduced legislation to crack down on bullying in Texas’ public schools. The...

UT, state agencies brace for further cuts

December 8, 2010

State leaders ordered in a letter to state agencies Tuesday to make another 2.5 percent reduction in spending for the current budget period as sales tax revenues continue to underperform initial budget...

You’ll miss us when we’re forever gone

December 7, 2010

The Daily Texan/Texas Student Media is a much smaller place now than when I first arrived in 2006. Newspapers that were usually 16 or 20 pages are now only 12 or 14 pages. Instead of two sections, there’s...

State may reduce programs lowering prison population

December 1, 2010

Programs responsible for reducing Texas’ prison population could be at risk in January as lawmakers struggle to deal with the estimated $25 billion shortfall in the state budget. State leaders...

DeLay found guilty of campaign crime, awaits sentencing

November 28, 2010

He was one of the most powerful Republicans in Washington and redrew the shape of Texas politics. But now former U.S. House majority leader Tom DeLay is a convicted felon who is awaiting sentencing and...

State budget may weaken Texas Youth Commission

November 28, 2010

The state budget deficit could force the Texas Youth Commission, the state juvenile corrections agency, to substantially lower the costs of providing services — which may force layoffs and facility closures. The...

DeLay convicted of money laundering and conspiracy charges

November 24, 2010

After three days of deliberations, a Travis County jury convicted former U.S. House Majority Tom DeLay of money laundering and conspiracy charges on Wednesday. The trial, which lasted for about a month,...

Travis County Republican calls for recount of Texas House race

November 24, 2010

Republican Dan Neil announced Tuesday that he would request a recount of the ballots of the race against incumbent state Rep. Donna Howard, an Austin Democrat. The Neil campaign, which expects the recount...

Texas Youth Commission report recommends various measures

November 21, 2010

The Texas Youth Commission should remain an independent agency for at least another six years after implementing many of the reforms mandated by the Legislature in 2007, according to a Texas Sunset Advisory...

State demands additional budget cuts

November 16, 2010

Texas needs to cut its spending an additional 2 to 3 percent for the current budget cycle as state revenues lag almost $4 billion below projections, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas House Speaker Joe...

Gov. Perry’s book tour ignites presidential speculation

November 14, 2010

After appearances on Fox News, The Today Show, The Daily Show and CNN’s Sunday morning program, Gov. Rick Perry returned to Texas from his whirlwind book tour last week. The tour has launched...

North Texas Republican joins state House Speaker race

November 14, 2010

The race for Texas House Speaker grew more complicated when Rep. Ken Paxton threw his hat into a ring already occupied by current Speaker Rep. Joe Straus and Rep. Warren Chisum. A conservative Republican...

LBJ School of Public Affairs announces chief fundraiser

November 11, 2010

The LBJ School of Public Affairs announced Tuesday that Carolyn Miles Garber is its new director of development, a position that has been vacant for five years. Garber will be in charge of the school’s...

Texas legislature introduces variety of bills

November 9, 2010

Texas senators and representatives took full advantage of their first opportunity to file legislation for the upcoming 82nd Legislative session on Monday, introducing almost 400 bills and resolutions. The...

Austin Democrat secures seat with a 16-vote victory margin

November 9, 2010

State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, increased her lead over Republican challenger Dan Neil by one vote — to a lead of 16 votes — after Travis County officials finished counting about...

Retired UT professor, author dies

November 8, 2010

Oscar Brockett, a former UT professor who was considered one of the world’s foremost theater historians, died early Sunday morning from a stroke. He was 87. Brockett served as dean of...

TX representative dies after 28 years of service

November 5, 2010

Texas Rep. Edmund Kuempel, a Republican from Seguin, died Thursday morning at University Medical Center Brackenridge following a heart attack. Earlier that morning, the 67-year-old legislator...

UT-El Paso students shot, killed in violence-ridden Ciudad Juárez

November 5, 2010

Two University of Texas at El Paso students were shot and killed in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, as they were traveling through the violence-wracked city, where U.S. officials estimate that 2,300...

Republicans face battles over planned budget cuts

November 3, 2010

Texas Republicans — including Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus — ran and won on a platform that promised a balanced state budget without new taxes. State...

Gov. Perry reelected to historic third term

November 3, 2010

BUDA — Former Houston Mayor Bill White was supposed to offer the Democrats their best chance to beat the GOP in 15 years. Partial voting returns from across the state show he lost to Perry...

Parties clash over accusations of bias at Travis County polling centers

November 2, 2010

With polls opening on Election Day at 7 a.m., Democrats and Republicans have spent the past several days dueling over allegations of voter intimidation in heavily minority precincts in Harris and...

2010 Texas gubernatorial election voter’s guide

November 1, 2010

Republican Rick Perry and Democrat Bill White will face off in the race for governor on Nov. 2. The Daily Texan has compiled a list of key campaign issues to help in case you haven’t made up your...

Gubernatorial candidates push for votes

November 1, 2010

Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic challenger Bill White barnstormed around Texas on the last weekend before Election Day in a last push to get voters to the polls. Perry spent Friday in West Texas...

Early voters from Texas’ urban areas increasing

October 28, 2010

Election records from around Texas indicate that early voting for the 2010 midterm election is up sharply in several Rio Grande Valley counties as well as key urban areas throughout the state when compared...

Jury for DeLay trial selected after eight hours

October 27, 2010

It was supposed to take at least two days, but after a marathon court hearing that lasted for more than eight hours Tuesday, a state district court seated a jury of six men and six women to hear the...

Poll reveals Republican lead, White’s supportive voter base

October 26, 2010

A new UT and Texas Tribune poll released Monday showed Bill White trailing Gov. Rick Perry by 10 points, with Perry collecting 50 percent of the vote to White’s 40 percent. Third party candidates...

Candidates argue over ‘sanctuary’ policy

October 26, 2010

With Election Day just a week away, Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign has revived previously disproved claims that Houston is a sanctuary city, arguing that immigration policies led to the death of a...

Candidate rematch takes a nasty turn

October 25, 2010

When it comes to the race for Texas agricultural commissioner, a rematch of the candidates from 2006 may result in the same outcome in a much nastier campaign. The race for agricultural commissioner...

Governor debate includes every candidate but Perry

October 20, 2010

Tuesday night, the five largest newspapers in Texas held their gubernatorial debate at KLRU-TV’s studios on the UT campus — Democrat Bill White, Libertarian Kathie Glass and Green Party...

UT student kills self after firing AK-47 on 21st Street

September 29, 2010

The UT campus was on lockdown for nearly four hours Tuesday because of a shooting incident that ended when the gunman, armed with an AK-47 rifle, took his own life after unleashing a barrage of bullets...

One suspected shooter dead at UT campus library, no one else injured

September 28, 2010

The University was put under lockdown just after 8 a.m., after at least six shots were fired on campus by an unknown gunman. The gunman, who officials said appeared to be a UT student, is now confirmed...