• TIMELINE: History of Fisher v. Texas case

    On Monday morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas. The ruling said the court is requiring the 5th Circut Court of Appeals to reexamine it's ruling on UT's admissions process.

    The Daily Texan is reading the ruling and working on a more in-depth story. In the meantime, check out this timeline on the Fisher v. Texas case.

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  • TIMELINE: Affirmative action in United States through the years

    On Monday morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas. The ruling said the court is requiring the 5th Circut Court of Appeals to reexamine it's ruling on UT's admissions process.

    The Daily Texan is reading the ruling and working on a more in-depth story. In the meantime, check out this timeline on affirmative action in the United States.

  • Pitts files impeachment resolution on regent Wallace Hall

    Update: The resolution on the possible impeachment of Wallace Hall is now available online.

    The resolution says that Hall "may have obtained that office through misrepresentation of material facts regarding his experience and qualifications in a manner that violates the penal laws of this state, including Section 37.10, Penal Code, and casts doubt on his fitness to hold public office and ability to carry out the responsibilities of that office with the integrity expected of a person holding a position of public trust in this state."

    If the resolution passes, a special impeachment committee will be formed. The committee will then determine to file impeachment articles against Hall. The articles of impeachment will then go to the House, before being considered in the Senate. Hall could be limited in his abilities to serve as a regent once impeachment proceedings are underway.

    Original story:

    State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, has filed a resolution to begin the impeachment process on UT System Regent Wallace Hall Jr.

    The resolution's text is not online yet, but the bill's caption says the impeachment is "for certain misconduct."

    The resolution comes after months of conflict between the UT System and the Texas Legislature. The Legislature made several attempts to limit the powers of the UT System Board of Regents and other higher education boards across Texas. Some of them, including SB15, failed. Others, such as several amendments to the State's budget bill, did pass successfully.

    Hall has filed many open records requests against UT-Austin, and Pitts has, in return, accused Hall and other regents for engaging in a "witch hunt" against UT President William Powers Jr.

  • The Morning Texan: Fisher (finally?), abortion and bike shares

    According to the National Weather Service, Monday will start a little cloudy, but it will clear out and get hot quickly. 

    Later today, UT might finally have a decision on Fisher v. Texas, the Supreme Court Case that will decide the future of race conscious admissions in colleges. After weeks of waiting and anticipation, the Supreme Court is set to release several dramatic decisions this week. One of them could be Fisher v. Texas. Of course, the court could also decide to not release the decision at all this year.

    This weekend's most read article online: Abortion has been debated intensely in the Texas House and Senate. Debate in a committee hearing went into the late hours Friday morning before the bill was sent to the full House. Check out the Texan's old coverage, and check back later in the day for updated coverage. 

    What you have to read: Bike shares are finally coming to Austin. A lot of the details are still up in the air, but the city will be taking input from citizens on where these bike share stations should go. 

    In case you missed it: Yes — it turns out it is possible to get a lifetime pass to Barton Springs. The Daily Texan has the details on how.

  • Austin gears up for bike share system

    Austin’s bike share system will have folks rolling around downtown by the end of the year, after the city approved contracts Thursday.

    Austin City Council approved $150,000 in a partnership with Bike Share of Austin as a managing partner and system operator, as well as an equipment contract with vendor B-Cycle. Finalizing contract details could take up to 30 days from now.

    B-Cycle has implemented bike share in 17 cities through the country, including San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth.

    The company will provide the city with 400 bicycles, 600 docking stations and 40 kiosks. The stations will have mapping systems to help riders navigate the city, and the operating functions will be available in English and Spanish. The system’s Apple and Android mobile apps will provide dock and bike locations and give overdue notices to riders.

    Shannon Wisner, a Public Works spokeswoman, said the city plans to implement 10 stations and 100 bicycles by the end of the year. An additional 30 stations with 300 more bikes will be implemented in the spring of 2014.

    Though the program targets the downtown area, the city will places the kiosks in part based on resident input through an online location-suggesting tool, to identify prospective locations and vote on them as well. The city will also host meetings to hear location suggestions from the public in July and August.

    New York City implemented a similar bike share May 27. The bike share in New York includes 6,000 bikes and has already gathered 40,000 members.

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