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Apr 14, 2023

Families Celebrate Easter and Donate to Austin’s Rainbow Room at the 8th Annual Egg Roll

AUSTIN, Texas – The Capitol lawn hosted the Easter bunny along with live bunnies and other animals in a petting zoo for this year’s 8th Annual Easter Egg Roll. The public event was open to everyone, but specifically aimed to provide opportunities for children in the Child Protective Services (CPS) system to enjoy Easter festivities. […]

Apr 14, 2023

A Senate Bill Could Crack Open Opportunities for Egg Farmers 

Senate Bill 481, authored by Sen. Nathan Johnson, D-Dallas, would allow farmers to sell their ungraded eggs directly to businesses such as restaurants and grocers, which currently is illegal. 

Apr 13, 2023

Indian American Disney Actor Comes to UT to Talk Career, Life

AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas at Austin neuroscience sophomore Geetika Yelugoti grew up watching Bollywood films, but she never saw South Asian representation in Hollywood. “There was just no one that looked like me in American media,” Yelugoti said. The Disney Channel began airing the show “Jessie” in 2011, which featured a 16-year-old adopted […]

Apr 12, 2023

Former Longhorn Peyton Stearns is Making Mark in Pro Tennis 

Since winning the NCAA women’s singles tennis championship for the University of Texas at Austin in May 2022 — the first UT athlete to do so — Peyton Stearns has been excelling on the professional circuit

The Mason, Ohio, native has climbed to 89th in the world rankings, and has won nearly twice as many matches as she’s lost, 113 wins and 66 losses, and has compiled more than $295,000 in prize money. 

Apr 09, 2023

Soaring: Kite Fest Takes Flight Over Austin

Hundreds of kites of all shapes, sizes and colors filled the skies over Zilker Park during the 95th ABC Kite Fest in Austin on April 1, 2023. Austinites of all ages sprinted across Zilker’s lawn trying to get their kites airborne as part of the event that has been around since 1929. Started by the […]

Apr 07, 2023

Reporting Texas Newsletter – April 7, 2023

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Apr 07, 2023

Reporting Texas TV – April 6, 2023

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas produced their fourth newscast of the semester on April 6, 2023. Student journalists reported this week on legislation proposed to increase restrictions on gender-affirming care for transgender minors, the 2023 Longhorn Run, and a quinceañera celebration presented by several Hispanic and Latino student groups.

Apr 06, 2023

What HB 1686 Means for Texas Health Care

AUSTIN, Texas – Fifteen-year-old Max Oliver told his mom he was a boy when he was four. Max is transgender, and officially changed his pronouns to he/him a few years ago. His mom, Julie Oliver, said “he’s always been one of the dudes.” “He just started introducing himself to everybody as Max, and that’s who I […]

Apr 06, 2023

Orange and White Fills Campus at Annual Longhorn Run

AUSTIN, Texas – Thousands of students, alumni, faculty and community members gathered along Speedway on April 1 for the start of the annual Longhorn Run. Participation has more than doubled since the event’s inception in 2010, with 4,736 runners this year. In 2020, the Longhorn Run turned virtual so runners could follow COVID-19 protocols and […]

Apr 06, 2023

UT Students Bring a Quinceañera to Campus

AUSTIN, Texas – Three UT organizations hosted a traditional quinceañera on March 29 at the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom to celebrate Hispanic traditions and heritage. A quinceañera celebrates a girl’s 15th birthday, but for this occasion the organizations wanted to create a space of inclusion and representation for the Latino community at UT. The Mexican-American […]

Apr 06, 2023

Family-Run Horror Movie Convention Terrorizes Bastrop

Attendees came from at least three states and as far away as Las Vegas make the trek to Bastrop for the seventh annual Cult Classic horror movie convention. They came to see their favorite, if not quite famous, horror movie actors and directors, and to meet new and old friends and like-minded horror aficionados. A number of the attendees came in costume. Elizabeth from the movie “Frankenhooker” was perhaps the most widely represented character; Patty Mullen, the film’s lead actor was at the convention. There were also several Leatherfaces from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and various versions of Jason Vorhees from “Friday the 13th.”

Apr 03, 2023

Reporting Texas Newsletter – March 30, 2023

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Apr 03, 2023

Reporting Texas TV – March 30, 2023

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas produced their third newscast of the semester on March 30, 2023. Student journalists reported this week on several festivals: BuildFest is a student competition to design augmented reality applications. Forty Acres Fest featured nine student bands and headliner Remi Wolf. Tuesday Twilights kicked off at […]

Apr 03, 2023

30th Annual Forty Acres Fest Celebrates Student Bands

AUSTIN, Texas – Booths, attractions, food and music filled the University of Texas mall for the latest edition of the annual Forty Acres Fest, as it has nearly every year since the event’s inception 1992. The university’s student programming organization, Campus Event and Entertainment, brought the for student, by student fest to life. This year’s […]

Mar 30, 2023

UT Students Build Augmented Reality Applications in Campus Competition

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Immersive Institute (TXI) held its second annual BuildFest competition March 24-26. Teams of students designed augmented reality applications to address social issues such as mental health, environmental inequities, race visibility, gender inequalities and access for disabled students. Augmented reality (AR) applications include things like Pokemon GO and face filters on […]

Mar 30, 2023

Experts Predict Lush Wildflower Season in Texas Despite Changing Climate

AUSTIN, Texas – Spring came early in Texas this year, and many blooms sprouted earlier than normal. Sophie Lemkin, a horticulturist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, predicts a lush wildflower bloom as a result of frequent and sustained rains in the fall. She said increasingly early spring weather is due to climate change. […]

Mar 28, 2023

One State Representative is Fighting to Stop Texas from Executing People With Mental Illness

House Bill 727, by Rep. Toni Rose, D-Dallas, would end the death penalty fo people with “severe mental illness.” Rose filed similar measures during the last three legislative sessions, but none have made it to the governor’s desk. However, each time her bills were voted on they gained more bi-partisan support, including Representative Jeff Leach, R-Plano, who joint-authored the bill in 2021.

Mar 26, 2023

Trump Doubles Down on Explosive, Insult-laden Rhetoric During Rally in Waco

Trump blasted his political rivals during a rally at the Waco Regional Airport in Waco.

Mar 24, 2023

Reporting Texas Newsletter – March 24, 2023

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Mar 24, 2023

Reporting Texas TV – March 23, 2023

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas produced their second newscast of the semester on March 23, 2023. Student journalists reported this week on a program to pay parking fines with cans of soup instead of money, a convention of BIPOC multimedia makers, a music festival that raised money for wildlife rescue […]