• Texas Senate passes stricter abortion measures

    Women seeking an abortion in Texas may have a more regulated experience after the state Senate’s approval of new rules on Tuesday for facilities and doctors performing the procedure. 

    In a 20-10 vote late Tuesday night, Republican senators overpowered Democrats and passed stricter abortion measures. SB 5, by state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, passed with only one Democrat voting in favor. The bill will now go to the Texas House of Representatives for consideration.

    New measures include requiring abortions be performed in an outpatient surgical center rather than an office or clinic, insisting doctors closely monitor effects of abortion-inducing drugs and requiring doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital nearby in case complications arise from the procedure.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry added abortion to the list of special session items earlier this month.

    Critics of the bill say it will make it harder for women to obtain abortions in Texas, but proponents say it will make the procedure safer.

  • The Morning Texan: Clear skies, Juneteenth and more

    Wednesday's skies will have a few clouds but it will be mostly sunny, according to the National Weather Service. This is following Tuesday's rainy and cloudy day.

    June 19 is Juneteenth Day, the day slaves in Texas were set free. Forty-two of the states recognize this day as a state holiday. While Wednesday may be Juneteenth, UT had its celebration a day early. Check out The Daily Texan's article here. 

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday's most read article: It is eight years since he helped UT win the national title, and Longhorn Tarell Brown still has his "DBU" legacy

    In case you missed it: Yesterday, Seton announced they had recieve the final approval needed to move forward with building the teaching hospital that will be part of the UT Dell Medical School. They also announced intentions to invest $295 million in the teaching hospital.

    What you have to read: There are still three, big, landmark Supreme Court cases without decisions. Fisher is one of them. Check out The Daily Texan's roundup of some of the dramatic unannounced cases.

  • 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.

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