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Dec 01, 2022

Reporting Texas Newsletter Dec. 1, 2022

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Dec 01, 2022

Earlier Than Expected Spike in Respiratory Viruses

AUSTIN, Texas – COVID-19 cases may have slowed but many in the U.S. are now dealing with other respiratory illnesses. The University of Texas at Austin’s University Health Services staff is seeing an increase in students coming in with respiratory illnesses earlier than expected. UHS executive director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Terrance Hines said […]

Dec 01, 2022

Reporting Texas Newsletter Nov. 17, 2022

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Dec 01, 2022

UT Outpost Accepting Donations and Volunteers For The Holiday

AUSTIN, Texas – UT Outpost has a plan to help students in need stay well stocked for the holidays. In preparation for an anticipated increase in demand, the center has brought in some extra help. UT Outpost is a free food pantry and career closet located on campus at 2609 University Ave. Operating under the […]

Dec 01, 2022

UT Farm Stand Provides Accessible and Affordable Fresh Produce to Students

AUSTIN, Texas — Dozens of students lined up on Speedway on a chilly Wednesday morning to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and other groceries at the UT Farm Stand. The Farm Stand is a student-run program with the aim to provide students with healthy, high-quality food at low prices. Soaring food costs have made fresh produce […]

Dec 01, 2022

Into the Tunnels: Austin’s Electronic Dance Underground

The scene looked like the Cavern in Liverpool, England, reminiscent of the early days of the Beatles. The space was dark and dank. Candles flickered, while party lights illuminated the work of graffiti taggers.

Amidst it all HONEY — the performing name of Eric Wieser — worked his turntable and manipulated his electronic mixes to drive his audience into a jubilant dance in Austin’s underground.

“I have to remind myself that the goal isn’t necessarily to be the king of the underground or the king of odd, cool, obscure kinds of parties,” Weiser said. “I make sure that I’m enjoying it in the time that it’s happening.”

Underground parties are private, smaller events that are held in secret locations for a limited audience. They consist of multiple live DJs playing electronic dance music that is much heavier than the mainstream tunes that are mixed at bars. These raves are usually an inclusive, diverse environment held at warehouses, run down homes or in this case tunnels. Wieser started After Hours, a set of tunnel events, after noticing a lack of uniqueness in the party scene in Austin.

Nov 28, 2022

Reporting Texas TV – November 17, 2022

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas produced their fifth newscast of the semester on November 17, 2022. This week student journalists report on ESPN College Gameday’s second trip to Austin this season, changes in student seating and ticketing for basketball games as the Longhorns tip off the Moody Center’s inaugural season, […]

Nov 17, 2022

Moody Center Lines Call for Early Arrivals and Mobile Tickets

AUSTIN, Texas — The new Moody Center had long lines of students at the Nov. 10 Texas Longhorns basketball game against the Houston Christian Huskies. The desire to get a good seat caused students to get in line early. UT sophomore Javier Diaz De Sandi arrived at the game about two hours before tip-off. “I […]

Nov 17, 2022

Freshmen When COVID-19 Hit Are Now Graduating — What College Was Like for the “COVID Class”

AUSTIN,  Texas — The first group of students from the “COVID class” will graduate next month. These students were freshmen at the University of Texas when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, and their college experience differed from any other generation of Longhorns because of it. Internships Daphne Wolfe, UT’s Assistant Director of Career […]

Nov 17, 2022

Issues, Voting Challenges Made Midterms Personal for Highly Engaged Students

Young voters across a divided nation are being credited by political analysts for preventing a Republican-dominated midterm from coming to life. Yet, that “red wave” did come to shore in the Lone Star State. Every statewide Republican candidate won by double percentage points, and a frustration from the large majority of UT students the day after the election was palpable. Still, at UT Austin, the lead-up to the 2022 midterm election was marked by a strong passion from students getting out the vote and campaigning for ideas and candidates they believed in.

Nov 17, 2022

College Gameday Sparks Excitement on Campus for the Second Time this Season

AUSTIN, Texas — College Gameday returned to Austin on Nov. 12 for a second visit this season for the matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the TCU Horned Frogs. College Gameday is a Saturday morning ESPN show that travels across the country to different college campuses. Hosted by Rece Davis, the show features former football […]

Nov 16, 2022

Electric Vehicle Charging Set to Expand in Rural Texas in Next Five Years 

Planning a long-distance trip in an electric vehicle can be tricky, especially in rural parts of Texas where electric vehicle charging stations can be sparse.
Texas is working to improve rural access to charging stations. The Federal Highway Administration in September approved $408 million to help the state government to install EV charging stations along designated alternative fuel corridors. Those corridors are along interstate highways, such interstates 10, 20 and 35.
Texas received the most federal funding for the EV project through the Infrastructure and Investment and Jobs Act approved by Congress in 2021. California was second with an estimated $384 million for chargers. 

Nov 15, 2022

Reporting Texas Newsletter Nov. 10, 2022

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Nov 13, 2022

Reporting Texas TV – November 10, 2022

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas produced their fourth newscast of the semester on November 10, 2022. This week student journalists report on the attempted kidnapping of a woman identified by police as a UT student and the search for her attacker, continued delays in the opening of a student housing […]

Nov 13, 2022

Skulls and Flowers Fill Austin in Honor of Day of the Dead 

AUSTIN, Texas – The end of October brings a celebration of Halloween for many, but for others, a more important celebration begins the next day at the start of November. As Mexican tradition dictates, Dia de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead — is a date on which loved ones who are no […]

Nov 13, 2022

Attempted Kidnapping Raises Safety Concerns in West Campus

AUSTIN, Texas — An attempted kidnapping in West Campus is raising safety concerns among the community.  Officers from the Austin Police Department and the University of Texas Police Department responded to an emergency call at the 2700 block of Nueces St. early in the morning of Oct. 30. Investigators said the victim was able to escape. […]

Nov 11, 2022

Harm Reduction Services Struggle to Tame Austin’s Accelerating Opioid Overdose Rates

With overdose deaths mounting, harm reduction groups are providing overdose reversal medications and other supplies to ensure safer substance use and generally healthier living. But the groups operate in a legal gray area. 
“This work is important for everybody here,” one clinic coordinator said after a day of outreach in his group’s mobile clinic. “Don’t you know we all can go to jail right now? Because everything that we do is illegal, technically. When I was doing the (safe syringe exchange) van, all of that stuff on there was illegal. But guess what? Ain’t never stopped me.”
The group takes its clinic van to several encampments each Tuesday through Friday, providing Narcan nasal spray, an opioid overdose reversal medication, safe smoke kits, needle exchanges, hygiene supplies, wound care kits and Plan B contraception pills.
“Fundamentally, harm reduction is about saving people’s lives and increasing safety around unsafe behaviors,” said one expert.

Nov 11, 2022

Amid Global Demand for Oil, Gulf Coast Town Grapples With Plans for Offshore Export Terminal

The seemingly laid-back island town of Surfside Beach has found itself at the forefront of oil industry expansion, as a plan to build the Sea Port Oil Terminal, known as SPOT, has divided the community.
The plan includes building an oil pipeline from Harris County through Brazoria County, across vacant lots in the village of Surfside Beach and connecting to a deepwater port 27 nautical miles offshore. 
The construction project is one of six new permit applications for offshore terminals in the Gulf of Mexico to export oil or natural gas to the global market. The permit for the Sea Port Oil Terminal has received more than 37,000 public comments, and a final decision on permit approval is expected this month from the U.S. Maritime Administration.

Nov 10, 2022

Noble 2500 Construction Delays Frustrate Residents

AUSTIN, Texas — Nearly three months after student residents were supposed to move in, apartment complex Noble 2500 announced Wednesday even more delays to its opening. On its website, Noble advertised stylish living to University of Texas students beginning Aug. 18. However, in July, future residents received the first in a series of emails delaying […]

Nov 10, 2022

Reporting Texas Newsletter Nov. 3rd, 2022

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