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Nov 17, 2023

Reporting Texas Newsletter – Nov. 17, 2023

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Nov 17, 2023

Texas Voters Support Tax Exemption for Childcare Facilities

AUSTIN, Texas – Nearly two-thirds of Texans voted this month for Proposition 2, which exempts childcare facilities from paying property tax. Local governments must now decide if they will grant property tax relief. Proposition 2 states, “Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation by a county or municipality of all or […]

Nov 17, 2023

A Cheesy Competition Fights Food Insecurity

AUSTIN, Texas – The Central Texas Food Bank’s 12th annual Quesoff festival on Sunday at the Mohawk music hall featured unusual treats such as pink glitter queso and queso donuts. “It’s my two favorite Austin things, waiting in line and eating queso,” said Ryan Clark, a returning attendee. Twenty-eight chefs from across Austin competed to […]

Nov 17, 2023

Texas Book Festival Offers Diverse Literature and Panelists

AUSTIN, Texas – This year’s Texas Book Festival boasted hundreds of authors and sessions in its 28th year of operation. The festival took place Nov. 11-12 along Congress Ave. and attracted an estimated 50,000 attendees of all ages. “It’s always important to promote literacy and literature, it’s what [the festival] believes in wholeheartedly, connecting books […]

Nov 17, 2023

UT African American Culture Committee Highlights Black Talent

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas African American Culture Committee (AACC) hosted its annual Culture Shock at Hogg Auditorium on Nov. 8. Performers took the stage in a Renaissance-themed talent show that centered on promoting Black culture. The show included five acts: two singers, a rapper, a poet and a Christian worship group. “I […]

Nov 15, 2023

Amid the Roar of Motorcycles, Veterans Find Comfort and Community

Soaked by pouring rain, a group of Harley Davidson riders’ fire up their engines and begin their journey to Heroes Memorial Park in Kyle. Undeterred by the adverse weather, this group of military veterans takes pride in their shared passion and cherishes the brotherhood they’ve developed.
 “As veterans, we always look forward to events like this,” said Allen Deaver, an Air Force veteran. 
The bikers and psychologists say rides like this can provide an invaluable community for veterans to connect with others with shared experiences.
 “I think veterans need to be around other veterans,” said Deaver,

Nov 12, 2023

Reporting Texas Newsletter – Nov. 10, 2023

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Nov 11, 2023

Reporting Texas TV – Nov. 9, 2023

Journalism students at the University of Texas produced their fourth newscast of the Fall 2023 semester on Nov. 9. Student journalists reported this week on voting for the 2023 general election, a city-wide park cleanup, a program to forgive parking fines in exchange for food pantry donations, the completion of major renovations at a historic […]

Nov 11, 2023

UT Revives the Hogg Auditorium with a $27 Million Makeover

AUSTIN, Texas – The Hogg Auditorium reopened its doors to UT students in October after two years of renovations. Located next to the Texas Union, the auditorium underwent a $27 million remodel which began in 2021. Former UT Student Government vice president Ashley Hayes initiated the project in 2011. Known affectionately as The Hogg, the […]

Nov 10, 2023

On-Campus Sites Offer UT Students and Staff Easy Access to Voting

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas hosted two polling locations for early voting as well as Election Day on Nov. 7. Students, faculty and others voted on 14 proposed amendments to the state constitution which included issues such as taxes, state parks, and infrastructure. Thirteen of the 14 proposed amendments passed. The one that […]

Nov 10, 2023

It’s My Park Day Celebrates 20th Anniversary

AUSTIN, Texas — Nearly 100 volunteers came together Saturday at Brentwood Park to participate in the Austin Parks Foundation’s bi-annual “It’s My Park Day.”. The event brought together about 2,000 Austinites to help with projects across the city. Volunteer Katie Malinski has attended “It’s My Park Day” for the past decade. She brought her husband […]

Nov 09, 2023

UT Austin Turns Parking Tickets Into Meals With November Program

AUSTIN, Texas – University of Texas students, staff, and faculty can pay off parking tickets collected on campus with food donations through Nov. 20. The Food for Fines program will waive citations issued on UT’s campus between Aug. 16 and Oct. 31 in exchange for a donation of bags of rice or cans of beans […]

Nov 09, 2023

Texas Men’s Basketball Tips Off Season With New Faces

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas men’s basketball team began its season with a dominant 88-56 win over Incarnate Word on Monday night. This year’s Texas team looks a lot different than the team that took the court in the NCAA Tournament last March. Two starters from that team are now in the NBA […]

Nov 06, 2023

Reporting Texas Newsletter – Nov. 3, 2023

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Nov 05, 2023

‘Protect the Children’ Rally Clashes with Trans Rights Protesters

Dozens of people calling for legislators to protect American children from sex trafficking, ideological indoctrination and drag queen storytime competed with counter-protesters advocating for transgender rights at the Texas Capitol on Saturday. 

Nov 03, 2023

Reporting Texas TV – Nov. 2, 2023

Journalism students at the University of Texas produced their third newscast of the Fall 2023 semester on Nov. 2. Student journalists reported this week on a gallery that showcased and sold art created by homeless artists, a fundraiser in support of breast cancer research and survivors, the opening of a private club for pickleball players, Mexic-Arte Museum’s […]

Nov 03, 2023

Art From The Streets Supports Homeless Artists

AUSTIN, Texas — More than 100 homeless artists active with the non-profit Art From The Streets showcased more than 3,000 pieces of artwork on Oct. 21 and 22. Blue Genie Art Bazaar hosted the annual exhibit which sells art on behalf of the artists. The goal is help them transition out of homelessness, which is […]

Nov 03, 2023

Mexic-Arte Museum Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

AUSTIN, Texas — The 40th annual Viva La Vida festival on Oct. 28 at the Mexic-Arte Museum brought thousands of people together for a traditional celebration to remember the dead. The event celebrated Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and took place in downtown Austin at Fourth Street and Congress Avenue. Festival activities […]

Nov 03, 2023

More Than Pink Walk Unites Supportive Community

AUSTIN, Texas – Thousands of participants walked one-and-a-half miles to fundraise for breast cancer research. Barton Creek Square was a sea of pink on Oct. 28, as fighters, survivors and supporters attended Susan G. Komen’s 2023 Central Texas More Than Pink Walk. As of Saturday, donations topped $453,000 toward the foundation’s goal of $600,000 to […]

Nov 03, 2023

Luxury Pickleball Club Opens in East Austin

AUSTIN, Texas – An entertainment developer hopes to capitalize on the nationwide pickleball craze with an exclusive new club. Matt Wolski owns Other Racquet Club on Manor Road. The facility opened in September and features three courts and cabanas, as well as amenities such as a cold plunge pool and food trucks. Other features such as […]