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Proposed bills could harshen penalties, update statutes
February 23, 2011
Texans could have to watch out for 116 new criminal offenses, depending on the success of bills in the Texas State House of Representatives.
Proposed law would merge two statewide school boards
February 18, 2011
Two Texas education agencies may merge to ease the transition from high schools to universities if a proposed bill passes this legislative session.
Texas Senate to deliberate on legislation for abortions
February 11, 2011
Editor’s Note: This story is the second in a six-part series examining how bills during the 82nd legislative session will impact students. A pre-abortion sonogram bill will head to the Senate floor for debate later this legislative session, after passing through the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs on Wednesday.
Safety commission strives to improve response to 911 calls
February 8, 2011
Austins emergency call system may need further planning and revision, members of the Public Safety Commission said in a meeting Monday.
APD notes increase in accidents as city combatted icy streets
February 7, 2011
Frost-covered roads following Fridays wintry weather led to more than 400 accidents in and around the Austin area, according to the Austin Police Department.
Most-wanted criminals list increases arrests
February 4, 2011
A list of most-wanted individuals released by the Austin Police Department leads to the arrest of about one out of every four criminals each week, an APD sergeant said.
APD considering updated technology; head, in-car cameras
February 2, 2011
New digital video technology may allow the Austin Police Department to use cameras worn on the head to record evidence and update in-car technology that the UT Police Department has already implemented.
Former APD officer pleads guilty, faces four misdemeanor charges
February 1, 2011
Former Austin Police Department Officer Leonardo Quintana pled guilty to drunk driving Monday, after his January 2010 arrest in Williamson County.
City opens green training facilities
January 27, 2011
High ceilings made of wood, steel and other recyclable materials muffle the sound of firing handguns, rifles and machine guns in a new shooting range designed to improve Austin Police Departments performance and environmental friendliness.
UTPD reviews goals for reaccreditation
January 26, 2011
The UT Police Department will keep meeting a set of international conduct standards because of a continued affiliation with two public safety associations.
Speech explores cancer
December 8, 2010
The challenges and opportunities in cancer research in Texas are progressing with the establishment of a new cancer research institute, a topic addressed by a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist in his presentation at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on Tuesday.
Texas State pending concealed carry approval
December 1, 2010
Students at Texas State University may become the first in the state to approve of legislative efforts to reverse Texas’ ban on concealed carry on state campuses pending approval from the student body president.
Austin progressing at faster rate than other post-recession cities
December 1, 2010
Austin’s progress since the recession is higher than any other U.S. metropolitan city, according to a Brookings Institution report released Tuesday.
Holiday weekends sales percentages rise little from last years numbers despite earlier hours
November 28, 2010
Although some retailers opened earlier than usual to accommodate shoppers on Black Friday, the extended hours did not translate into more sales, according to a shopping trend analysis firm.
Environment report reveals fuel costs could cost struggling families millions
November 24, 2010
Texans could save about $16 million in gas costs traveling this Thanksgiving holiday with more fuel-efficient cars, according to a Environment Texas report released Tuesday.
UT professor says profiling not effective against terror
November 24, 2010
Racial profiling is a “fundamentally flawed” method of catching terrorists, and is no more effective than random sampling techniques, according to a recent study by a UT computer science professor.
Bookstore to open inside Dobie Mall, offer rental option
November 22, 2010
Students will have a new alternative for textbook rentals and purchases starting next week.
Photographers explore variety of life in Texas
November 19, 2010
Penny De Los Santos has moved in her photography from documenting diverse aspects of South Texas, from prison and gang lifestyles to family life depicted in Quinceaneras.
Book explores Latino depictions
November 17, 2010
Moving “beyond el barrio” means challenging stereotypes and highlighting the social, cultural and political struggles that shaped Latina/o communities in the past and present — ideas the five authors of “Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America” convey in their anthology.
Former Secretary of State attributes success to college
November 12, 2010
In her new book, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gives a candid view of her childhood and college years, especially how they influenced her tenure as the country’s top diplomat.
A&M tuition bill splits student government
November 10, 2010
When Texas A&M University’s student body President Jacob Robinson vetoed a bill from the university’s senate earlier this week, the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented Texas residents again took the spotlight.
Hindu holiday of Diwali celebrates triumph of righteousness over evil
November 5, 2010
Candles lit up the walkway and the steps leading to the Tower as a priest performed traditional prayers Thursday on the Main Mall, and students celebrated an occasion that represents the triumph of righteousness over evil.
Students react to election results
November 3, 2010
After Gov. Rick Perry’s successful bid for re-election was announced Tuesday, some students across campus were disappointed, but felt the outcome was expected.
Lt. governor race favors Dewhurst, faces funding gap
October 29, 2010
The biggest challenge for the next lieutenant governor, the second-highest ranking official in the state, could be how to plug the state’s ever-growing budget deficit.
Latino rally draws Austin political figures
October 27, 2010
In memory of Emma Barrientos, the wife of a retired state senator, the Travis County Democratic Party and the Austin Tejano Democrats sponsored an early voting rally Tuesday at Zaragosa Park in East Austin.
Benefit concert aims to help pay patients medical costs
October 21, 2010
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, a rare lung disease, caused Fernando Villa to miss most of his senior year of high school, so they turned to the UT community for help.