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May 03, 2016

Correcting Gender on IDs a Painful Hurdle for Transgender Texans

Texas is one of 19 states with no statutory guidelines on changing the gender on driver licenses and birth certificates.

May 02, 2016

Austin Olympic Hopefuls Won’t Let Zika Threaten Their Medal Dreams

The chance to compete in the Olympics outweighs fears of contracting the virus at the Summer Games for some aspiring competitors.

Apr 30, 2016

Farewell to First Downs: Coach Chooses Family over Football

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor assistant football coach Cody Fredenberg thought he was destined for a life in football. Being unable to spend enough time with his family made him realize he was wrong.

Apr 30, 2016

Better Than Bud? Home Brewing Is Growing in Austin and Nationwide

It can take weeks to make a batch. But for amateur brewers, nothing is as good as the beer they make at home.

Apr 26, 2016

UT Campus Call Boxes Are Rarely Used to Report Dangerous Situations

The University of Texas campus has 172 call boxes so people can call for help in an emergency. But in most cases, police responding to the calls find no one there.

Apr 26, 2016

Petitions Draw Attention to UT Area Homeless

Haruka Weiser’s killing has given fresh currency to a six-month-old petition to discourage homeless people from congregating near campus, with signatures going past 2,800. But a counter-petition in defense of the homeless has collected 1,880 signatures.

Apr 26, 2016

Austin Restaurants Are at Forefront of No-Tipping Movement

Jam Sanitchat is one of a small but growing group of restaurant owners who believe tipping leads to low, unstable wages for workers and causes unnecessary guesswork for customers.

Apr 23, 2016

Company Trains Civilians to Take Out Active Shooters

Against a backdrop of more frequent mass shootings across the country, Combative Weapon Solutions founder and chief executive Lee Vernon, 42, an Austin firefighter, saw a need for tactical training for people who could fight back.

Apr 20, 2016

Texas Lags Behind in Screening New Moms for Depression

An estimated 79,000 women in Texas experience PPD each year. While the state has taken steps to increase awareness about PPD among expectant mothers and healthcare professionals, it does not require depression screenings.

Apr 20, 2016

On Court and Off, Duncanville Pair Builds Bond through Basketball at Texas

UT women’s basketball players Ariel Atkins and Tasia Foman have been friends since they were 7, through different teams and shared championships.

Apr 18, 2016

The End of Volleyball Is a New Beginning for Kat Brooks

“You identify yourself as an athlete for so long,” said the standout player for Texas. “But there is so much more of my life to live.”

Apr 18, 2016

Military Moms Breathe Easier as Pentagon Extends Maternity Leave

Pentagon’s new policy is designed to attract and retain women. Expanded paternity leave could be next.

Apr 16, 2016

Music Therapy – Still Experimental?

Despite decades of research showing that the therapy helps patients, music therapists struggle to achieve professional status at the state level.

Apr 15, 2016

Austin Record Stores Thrive with National Vinyl Resurgence

“The vinyl resurgence is not a hipster flash in the pan. It’s for real,” says one Austin record store owner.

Apr 15, 2016

For Gay Spouses, the First Tax Season Together Is Cause for Celebration

Same-sex couples who married after Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last summer look forward to enjoying the economic advantages of matrimony.

Apr 13, 2016

Austin Catholic Diocese Steps Up Efforts to Retain Hispanics

Austin’s Catholic churches, facing the loss of Hispanic parishioners, are stepping up efforts to retain and attract members of an ethnic group that makes up 40 percent of the Texas population and is growing year by year.

Apr 13, 2016

Czech Star Makes Waves in the Ice Rink

Matej Stransky’s exceptional goal-scoring skills have made him a success in CHL and AHL. The 22-year-old from Ostrava, Czech Republic is now eyeing a spot in the NHL.

Apr 12, 2016

Austin Blades Gives Disabled Children Full-Contact Hockey Experience

The team is something of a rarity, helping disabled children play full-contact hockey.

Apr 08, 2016

Chocolate Factory in Texas Is Syrian Family’s Escape Route from War

The Ghraowis are hoping for a sweet life in the town of Portland as they rebuild their family business.

Apr 05, 2016

Men in Black Help Longhorn Basketball Women Sharpen Their Game

Every practice this past season, five to 10 men scrimmage against the Longhorn women’s basketball team. “If you can stop a guy, then playing against girls seems a little easier,” one Longhorn said.