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Despite Dynamic Campaign, Julie Oliver Faces Uphill Battle for Congress

While the odds are stacked against Julie Oliver in her run for U.S. Congress, she has some advantages over Democrats who have run in Texas’ Congressional District 25 in the past.

Kittens Help Inmates Practice Compassion, Cooperation

Kittens up for adoption in Austin find love, care and mountains of toys at an unlikely place: the Travis County jail.

Coming in 2020: More Secure Travis Voting System with Paper Trail

The new system will cost $12 million to $14 million, and some money already has been allocated.

Architects: Hardening Schools Won’t Solve School Shootings

President Trump and the National Rifle Association tout hardening as a better response than gun-control measures.

Sep 22, 2017

UT Leaders Pledge DACA Support, But Actions Remain Uncertain

If Congress does not create a legal pathway for DACA recipients to remain in the country, many will be vulnerable to possible deportation.

Aug 30, 2017

Female Soldiers Face Higher Risk of Training Injuries, Study Finds

Carrying 50-pound backs during training can be punishing for women. The military is responding with equipment adapted for their bodies.

May 20, 2017

Austin Police Officers Build Trust in a Time of Immigration Raids

Arrests and the state’s new “sanctuary cities” law make life harder for everyone on the East Side, including law enforcement.

May 14, 2017

Nearly 9 Years After Ike, Lawmakers Are Still Studying How to Protect Texas Coast

There’s a consensus behind an $11 billion project for Galveston Bay, but funding remains elusive.

Apr 13, 2017

North Korean, Now a Texan, Tells of Life Under Oppression, and Escape

Joseph Han risked his life to flee his country during a famine. He’s now one of about 500 former North Koreans living in the U.S.

Mar 28, 2017

Texan Hikes Hundreds of Miles to Fight Stigma of Mental Illness

Tom Kennedy delivered hundreds of postcards to the Texas governor’s office in an effort to raise awareness about mental illness.

Feb 10, 2017

UT, A&M Admissions Proceed Apace Amidst Travel Ban Confusion

Some students could be in admitted in May, after the president’s immigration ban was initially set to expire.

Dec 12, 2016

Cap Metro’s 2025 Plan Leaves Some Austin Bus Riders Behind

The plan would increase ridership and revenue. But it also means many people would have to find new routes to work, school or services.

Dec 10, 2016

Pharmacists Are Uneasy About Their Role in State Plan to Fight Opioid Abuse

Pharmacists prefer to rely on training and judgment, rather than a balky database, to identify potential abusers.

Dec 04, 2016

Legislature May Address HOA Foreclosure Issues in Upcoming Session

A House committee is studying ways to address complaints that homeowners could face foreclosures because of high attorney fees assessed by HOAs.

Nov 28, 2016

Increase in Guatemalan Migrants Spurs Need for Mayan Speakers

The nuances of Mayan dialects make communication even more difficult for refugees seeking asylum in the United States.

Dec 07, 2015

San Antonio Turns to Gunshot Detection Gear to Cut Crime

Some experts question the system’s accuracy, but defenders say it could improve police response time when shots are fired.

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