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Misdemeanor marijuana possession cases won’t be prosecuted because of new Texas law
July 15, 2019
Because of a new Texas law legalizing hemp and CBD products, possession of small amounts of marijuana has now become nearly impossible to prosecute in Travis County and across the state.
Local officials praise SCOTUS ruling against including citizenship question in 2020 Census
July 8, 2019
Both Travis County and Austin officials praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to not include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, citing the financial security the ruling offers Texans.
Trump approves $4.6 billion aid package to improve conditions in detention centers along southern border
July 8, 2019
Following national protests and reports of unsanitary conditions at detention centers along the southern border, President Donald Trump signed a $4.6 billion aid package into law on July 1. However, some Texas activists and members of Congress said they doubt the funding will adequately improve living conditions.
O’Rourke and Castro host competing events following first round of debates
July 1, 2019
Julián Castro spoke at a state party fundraiser Friday in downtown Austin. The former San Antonio mayor commended voters for their increased support after last week’s debate and talked about his campaign policies, touching on immigration, women’s rights and free public tuition for public universities.
Austin Strategic Mobility Plan works toward easier commute around campus for students
June 25, 2019
The Austin Transportation Department is working alongside CapMetro to provide students with easier off-campus transportation through the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan.
City Council loosens homelessness rules, drawing criticism from some UT students, parents
June 24, 2019
City Council members voted on June 20 to loosen Austin’s homelessness ordinances, prompting safety concerns from UT students and their parents.
New laws range from saving Chick-fil-A to reforming school finance: Here are the highlights from the governor’s desk
June 17, 2019
After the Texas Legislature’s 86th session ended May 27, Gov. Greg Abbott had until midnight Sunday to decide which bills remaining on his desk would become law. By the end of the session, lawmakers sent 1,429 bills to Abbott’s desk — 1,323 of which became law.
Austin City Council proposes changes to homelessness policies
June 10, 2019
At the Austin City Council meeting last Thursday, council member Greg Casar proposed Item 45 — an ordinance that would amend the City’s current policies on homelessness.
Fairmont Austin displays Longhorn logo to announce sponsorship with UT athletics
April 28, 2019
Last Sunday, the Fairmont Austin announced its sponsorship of the UT Athletics department for the 2019 football season.
Barney Swan challenges students to clean up 360 million tons of CO2
April 18, 2019
Students gathered Thursday night to hear about climate change from Barney Swan, the international director of the nonprofit organization ClimateForce.
'Amplify: UT Women’s Voices' showcases uniqueness of being a woman
April 14, 2019
Hundreds of students, faculty and parents gathered last Friday to view the production “Amplify: UT Women’s Voices,” at an event that demonstrated the uniqueness of being a woman.
Students come together to hear from tennis player Andy Roddick at Tejas Coffee
March 10, 2019
Dozens of students gathered Friday at the Tejas House to grab coffee and have a discussion with professional tennis player Andy Roddick.
Thousands of young girls gather for Girl Day at UT
February 24, 2019
More than 8,000 elementary and middle school students gathered on campus Saturday to participate in Girl Day, an event that promotes women’s engagement in the STEM field.
Humanities Department holds alumni panel for those considering graduate school
February 12, 2019
Juniors and seniors gathered Monday at the Humanities Alumni Panel to hear anecdotal accounts from current graduate students explaining how UT’s Humanities Program prepared them for postgraduate education