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State legislature or board led by Gov. Abbott can remove Confederate plaque in Capitol, Texas AG says
December 3, 2018
It’s up to the Texas Legislature, Preservation Board or Historical Commission to remove a plaque inside the Capitol honoring the Confederacy, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a legal opinion published last month.
Failed bills make comebacks ahead of 86th Texas legislative session
December 2, 2018
Legislators have begun filing hundreds of bills they want to pass next year with the opening day of the 86th Texas Legislature less than six weeks away.
Flavored Juul pod prices spike following suspension of retail orders
November 27, 2018
Students hooked on mango Juul pods must now pay more to get their nicotine fix in West Campus after Juul Labs announced Nov. 13 it stopped accepting retail orders for its flavored pods.
FDA restricts flavored tobacco products to combat youth access and appeal
November 18, 2018
In an effort to curb “astonishing” increases in smoking and vaping among young people, the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday a series of restrictions on flavored tobacco products.
UT Aluma makes history in Harris County ‘Black Girl Magic’ campaign
November 16, 2018
UT alumna Latosha Lewis Payne and other 16 women are among the 59 Democratic judges who were elected in Harris County, which has a population of more than 4.5 million and includes Houston.
Voter turnout soars in 2018 Texas midterm election
November 7, 2018
At both county and state levels, this year’s voter turnout surpassed that of the 2014 and 2010 Texas midterms and came close to that of the 2016 presidential election.
Kathie Tovo holds District 9 city council position
November 7, 2018
Incumbent council member Kathie Tovo defeated three challengers in Tuesday’s election to once again represent District 9 on the Austin City Council.
Three in 4 Texas voters say they will vote in midterms, according to UT/TT poll
October 31, 2018
As of Wednesday, more than 3,695,100 Texans have voted in the counties where 78 percent of registered voters in the state live, according to the Texas Tribune. The turnout has surpassed the total votes cast in those counties, which include Travis County, during the entire early voting period for the 2014 midterm election.
Nearly 95 percent of Travis County is registered to vote, setting ‘modern-day record’
October 30, 2018
Travis County set a “modern-day record” for voter registration ahead of the Texas midterms, said Bruce Elfant, Travis County tax assesor-collector.
Austin is all paws in when it comes to combating graffiti
October 26, 2018
City officials have been working on updating Austin’s graffiti procedures since early 2017.
LGBTQ candidates hope to bring diversity to state, local government
October 21, 2018
If elected, Lupe Valdez will be the state’s first openly gay and Latina governor. And she said it’s time for Texas’ leadership to reflect the communities they serve.
Democrat Sheryl Cole calls for better public education, reproductive rights in bid for Texas House
October 18, 2018
As a mother of three and a former member of the Austin City Council, Sheryl Cole said she has the experience and grit necessary to create change at the state Legislature.
Mayoral candidate Alan Pease wants to bring Austinites together
October 15, 2018
After attending nearly every Austin City Council meeting for the last eight years, automotive blogger Alan Pease said the Council does not tackle affordability and transportation effectively. Pease said he can do a better job, which is why he’s running for mayor of Austin.
Mayor candidate Alex Strenger: ‘#BuildTheDome’
October 10, 2018
As a pedicab driver, Alex Strenger said he hears the concerns of Austin residents firsthand. To address those concerns, he is running for mayor of Austin.
Planning to vote in November? Make sure to register today
October 9, 2018
Today is the last day to register to vote in the 2018 Texas midterms.
Incumbent council member Kathie Tovo: ‘More progress to be made’
October 4, 2018
Although she accomplished a lot during her first two terms on the Austin City Council, incumbent council member Kathie Tovo said she is running for re-election, because there is still more she would still more like to get done.
City Council candidate Linda O’Neal: Keep Austin affordable (and creative)
October 3, 2018
High school teacher Linda O’Neal isn’t running for the Austin City Council because she wants to. Rather, O’Neal said the job — and the city — needs her.
City Council candidate Danielle Skidmore plans to solve Austin’s ‘transportation crisis’
October 2, 2018
Skidmore is running to represent District 9, which covers downtown, West Campus and parts of South Austin.
Gov. Abbott, sheriff Lupe Valdez face off in Gubernatorial Debate
September 28, 2018
Incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez presented differing visions for Texas’ future during a debate Friday night at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library on campus.
FAC lines too long? Head to the PCL during early voting
September 18, 2018
Citing increased wait times at the Flawn Academic Center, UT’s sole polling location since 2005, student leaders from TX Votes and University Democrats partnered with Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to pass legislation for a second location on campus.
H-E-B to open Austin tech facility in 2019
September 13, 2018
Students hunting for work in Austin after graduation will be able to apply for employment at a new H-E-B technology facility, set for completion in the spring.
Planning on voting in November? Make sure to register by Oct. 9
September 12, 2018
Students planning on voting in the upcoming general election have less than three weeks left to register in Travis County.
Dell Medical School, City of Austin collaborate to improve community health
September 6, 2018
A new partnership between the Dell Medical School and the City of Austin’s Open Data Team will bridge the gap between data gatherers and medical researchers in the city, with the aims of improving the health of the community.
Travis County to debut new voting system in 2019
September 6, 2018
By November 2019, voters in Travis County will cast ballots using a new voting system.
City installs Accessible Pedestrian Signals along Guadalupe Street
September 6, 2018
For UT students who are visually impaired, crossing the streets along the edge of campus can involve navigating complicated and busy intersections, irregular traffic cycles and unfamiliar areas — without being able to see the pedestrian crossing signals.
Abbott, Valdez to finally face off in Sept. 28 debate
September 4, 2018
After weeks of back-and-forth, Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee for governor, agreed Thursday to debate Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 28 in Austin.
Longhorn Alumni Band headed to France for 75th D-Day Memorial Parade
August 30, 2018
Next June, 515 travelers — nearly 300 of whom are alumni musicians — will head to Normandy to commemorate the D-Day landings and the liberation of France during World War II.
Russian interference in 2016 prompts Texas, Travis County to secure voter registration databases
August 30, 2018
In light of allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, state and local officials are securing voter registration databases from potential threats ahead of the upcoming November Texas general election.
Semester in Review: looking back, looking forward
May 3, 2018
A series of blurbs looking back on what has happened in the past semesters, as well as what is to come.
Texas community college women aren’t getting the kind of birth control they want, UT report finds
May 3, 2018
Most Texas female community college students do not have access to their preferred method of birth control, according to a recent study conducted by UT’s Population Research Center.
Thinking of renting an electric scooter? Pay attention to these new guidelines
April 27, 2018
As city officials discuss how to manage the recent influx of dockless electric scooters in Austin, both UT and the Texas State Preservation Board have taken steps to enforce regulations regarding scooter parking and operation.
US Senate race between Cruz and O’Rourke “too close to call,” poll finds
April 22, 2018
The Texas U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is too close to call, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.
Latest LGBTQ snub highlights generational tensions between Texas GOP voters
April 17, 2018
The Texas Republican Party’s latest snub to the LGBTQ community came last week when party leadership once again denied its largest LGBTQ group, the Log Cabin Republicans, a booth at the upcoming state convention.
Governor Abbott asks Trump administration to safeguard NAFTA provisions, protect Texas economy
April 12, 2018
Finance junior Katherine Zingerman said she has not thought much about buying a car after graduation because she plans on living in a big city.
President Trump deploys troops to U.S.-Mexico border
April 11, 2018
In an effort to stop illegal immigration into the country, President Donald Trump decided last week to deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Opponents of Senate Bill 4 ask federal appeals court to reconsider recent ruling
April 5, 2018
After the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed most of Senate Bill 4, commonly known as the Sanctuary Cities Bill, to go into effect last month, immigrant advocates promised the fight against the proposed legislation was far from over.
Reinstating citizenship question to 2020 census could hurt Texas politically, economically
April 3, 2018
When the Trump administration announced on March 26 that the 2020 census questionnaire will ask all U.S. households whether they are citizens or not, health and society junior Berenice Ramirez did not know what to think — in part because she’s an undocumented immigrant.
Texas House report denounces bathroom bill, says it poses threat to Amazon HQ2 bid
March 22, 2018
In a report released last week, the Texas House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness condemned last session’s “bathroom bill,” saying it may hurt Austin’s bid to become Amazon’s second headquarters and may be dangerous to the future of the state’s economy.
Lupe Valdez, Andrew White advance to runoff in Democratic primary for governor
March 8, 2018
Although Lupe Valdez and Andrew White led the pack in the crowded Democratic primary for governor, neither candidate was able to secure the majority of the vote in Tuesday’s election. Come May 22, Valdez and White will go head-to-head in a runoff race.
Travis County voter turnout doubles in 2018 Democratic primary
March 8, 2018
In Travis County, voter turnout in the Democratic primary more than doubled since the state’s last midterm election year in 2014. In the 2014 Democratic primary, Travis County had a voter turnout rate of 7.73 percent of total registered voters. This year, 15.54 percent of the county’s 733,906 registered voters cast ballots in the Democratic race.
The race for the State Capitol: Who to keep an eye on in the Texas gubernatorial primary
February 26, 2018
With the gubernatorial primary election less than two weeks away, pollsters and pundits agree Gov. Greg Abbott doesn’t face much competition from the Republican ballot.
US Senators propose bill to address sexual abuse at universities, hold leaders accountable
February 22, 2018
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Texas Republican John Cornyn, introduced legislation last week holding public universities accountable for sexual abuse committed against students.
Trump signs off on nearly $90 billion of disaster funding that will help Harvey victims
February 16, 2018
For Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey, more substantial federal disaster funding is helpful, but long overdue.
Gov. Abbott announces new plan to fight sexual misconduct at the Texas State Capitol
February 16, 2018
When journalism senior Christine Vanderwater accepted a full-time position as a legislative aid for a Texas State representative last year, she thought she knew what to expect.
Republican–backed higher education bill seeks to protect free speech on college campuses
February 9, 2018
The 590-page higher education bill currently making its way through Congress comes with, as expected, lots of controversy.
At least 49 openly LGBTQ candidates are running for office in 2018, setting a new state record
January 31, 2018
At least 49 openly LGBTQ Texans are running for public office this year, each vying for spots at the federal, state and local levels. The turnout is unprecedented.
Female candidates aim to end dry spell of electing new women to Congress from Texas
January 21, 2018
Nearly 50 Texas women are running for Congress this year, each hoping to end the state’s 22-year dry spell of electing new women to serve in Washington.
Trump administration decision could force 36,000 Salvadorans to leave Texas
January 18, 2018
Biology senior Marco Medina and his family have been paying close attention to the TV, shushing each other and turning the volume up whenever they hear three words: Temporary Protected Status.
Gov. Abbott proclaims January Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Texas
January 17, 2018
On Jan. 5, Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed January 2018 to be Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Texas to emphasize his administration’s commitment to fighting the heinous crime.
Tea Time event fosters connections between Asian-American students, faculty
December 7, 2017
Out of her five professors, business freshman Lynn Huynh said only one is a person of color.
Stand Up for Mental Health event promotes healthy stress management methods
December 6, 2017
For a little more than hour, a huge black poster on the West Mall lit up with stress-reducing strategies in fluorescent writing Tuesday afternoon.
Four faculty members named AAAS fellows
December 1, 2017
Four UT-Austin faculty members were recently recognized for their work in advancing science, according to a UT press release.
Great American SmokeOut seeks to end smoking among students, faculty
November 15, 2017
Playing into Texans’ love for Mexican food, UT’s Tobacco Free Campus, or TFC, program offered T-shirts, pins and phone wallets emblazoned with the motto “Tacos, not Tobacco” to smokers in exchange for their personal tobacco products at Tuesday’s Great American SmokeOut Carnival.
Attorney speaks to UT law students about foster care reform
November 7, 2017
When it comes to reforming the foster care system, attorney Stephen Dixon said state governments have a legal obligation to protect foster children’s right to “healthy childhood development.”
Campus Environmental Center hosts Trash to Treasure Halloween sale
November 1, 2017
The Student Activity Center lawn bustled with life as makeshift thrifters eagerly sifted through gently used objects sold for $1 apiece at the Campus Environmental Center’s Trash to Treasure Halloween Sale on Tuesday.
UT Libraries prepares to debut new website
October 27, 2017
When students visit the UT Libraries website on Nov. 6, they may be surprised to encounter a completely redesigned homepage.
TexNet allows public to track earthquakes in real time
October 25, 2017
As Texas experiences more earthquakes each year, concerned citizens can view seismic activity in real time by utilizing the TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program, the state’s earthquake tracking system which finished development last week.
Editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast speaks at UT
October 17, 2017
Hardly two minutes into his presentation Tuesday, John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, granted journalism sophomore Fatima Espejo’s wish and dropped the now notorious F-word: “fake news.”
UT chemists awarded $2 million grant from National Institutes of Health
October 12, 2017
For chemistry professor Richard Crooks, what began as a casual inquiry over beers has inspired his trajectory outside the classroom for the last 18 months.
UT alumnus wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
October 4, 2017
UT alumnus Michael Young was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for his research toward identifying a gene that determines the circadian rhythms of living things.
UT celebrates grand opening of Engineering Education and Research Center
September 29, 2017
An idea conceived more than 10 years ago became a reality at the Engineering Education and Research Center’s grand opening Thursday.
Engineering professor receives UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
September 13, 2017
Assistant engineering professor Paola Passalacqua is one of seven UT faculty members selected to receive a 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor granted by the UT System Board of Regents.
20th annual Austin Museum Day fuses past and future
September 12, 2017
For Austin Museum Day’s 20th anniversary this Sunday, organizers are focusing on the future.