• Seton pledges additional $50 million to UT Dell Medical School's teaching hospital

    This morning, Seton Healthcare Family President and Chief Executive Officer Jesus Garza announced his company is pledging an additional $50 million to the UT-Austin Dell Medical School teaching hospital.

    Garza said Seton would get the $50 million through fundraising efforts, bringing the total cost of the hospital to $295 million. The teaching hospital will be a main component of the Dell Medical School, and will replace University Medical Center Brackenridge.

    "It is Seton's turn to show its support by building and paying for a new teaching hospital that we believe will rival any in the nation," Garza said in a statement.

    Seton also announced Tuesday they had recieved final approval of the project from its parent company. Construction of the teaching hospital is set to begin in 2014 and be completed in 2017.

  • Three landmark opinions due soon from Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court has had a momentous session, and if everything goes according to schedule, the next week will see at least three landmark opinions released from the high body.

    The Court has until the end of the month to issue opinions on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, U.S. v. Windsor and Shelby County v. Holder. While Fisher has the possibility to drastically alter, uphold or reduce the application of race as a factor in university admissions, the Windsor case, which challenges the Defense of Marriage Act, could revise the federal definition of marriage as between and a man and woman. 

    Holder will decide whether sections of the Voting Rights Act, which requires places with a history of voter discrimination to be overseen by the federal government, can still be constitutionally enforced. Texas and eight other mostly southern states fall under this requirement, as well as districts in other states.

    Under the Voting Rights Act, Texas was required last year to redraw its congressional and state district lines after a federal court review found Texas had violated the rights of minority voters through selective gerrymandering. 

    The Supreme Court has scheduled opinion days for Thursday and next Monday, although the court has until the end of the month to announce other opinion dates.

  • The Morning Texan: Rain, post-it notes by Powers and more

    The National Weather Service is calling for a high of 98 degrees today, despite the 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. The chance of rain drops to 10 percent this evening.

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday's most-read story online: The Texas Tribune uncovered an extensive open records request made by Regent Wallace Hall. Post-it notes from UT President William Powers Jr. were included in the request, and so The Daily Texan editorial board has taken a guess of what post-it notes the regents might find on the president's desk.

    In case you missed it: A New York district judge has ruled that unpaid internships violate federal labor laws. Some UT students are now concerned it might be harder to find an internship. 

    What you have to read: UT researchers have spent months without their promised cancer research grants. However, despite controversies, it looks like CPRIT has been saved by the 83rd Legislature, and the researchers should be getting their money soon.