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Texas lawmakers consider limiting tenure after UT-Austin professor sued students over accusations of promoting pedophilia

Texas lawmakers consider limiting tenure after UT-Austin professor sued students over accusations of promoting pedophilia

The Texas Legislature is considering a bill that would allow a public college or university to revoke a faculty member’s tenure if they file a civil lawsuit against a student., filed by Republican Houston Sen. Paul Bettencourt, was inspired by a University of Texas at Austin professor who filed libel lawsuits against multiple students who accused him of promoting pedophilia with his research and called for his removal. One of the students sued by the teacher is the daughter of Allen Blakemore, a prominent conservative political consultant who has worked for Bettencourt.UT-Austin classics...

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Senate passes bill to curb Texas governor’s power to shut down state for extended time during emergency

Senate passes bill to curb Texas governor’s power to shut down state for extended time during emergency

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The Texas Senate backed a potential constitutional amendment Tuesday that would substantially rein in the power of the governor during emergencies like this past year’s coronavirus pandemic.Texas voters would have to approve the amendment Nov. 2 for it to take effect. And before it could get on a ballot, the Senate action must still be approved by the House.The amendment would require the governor to call a special session in order to declare a state emergency that lasts more than 30 days. The special...

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As Texas Legislature considers anti-trans bills, NCAA announces it will not hold events in states that discriminate against trans students

As Texas Legislature considers anti-trans bills, NCAA announces it will not hold events in states that discriminate against trans students

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors said it will only hold college championships in states where sets the stage for a political fight with multiple states, including Texas, that are considering bills in their legislatures that would require students to play sports with only teammates who align with their biological sex.“Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport,” the NCAA statement said. “Our clear...

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Higher education officials urge Legislature to invest in colleges and universities, after pandemic’s toll on students and economy

Higher education officials urge Legislature to invest in colleges and universities, after pandemic’s toll on students and economy

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.When the last legislative session ended with huge wins for Texas public schools in the form of increased funding and teacher raises, higher education leaders looked to 2021, hopeful it would soon be their turn.Texas Higher Education Commissioner Harrison Keller, who took the helm in the fall of 2019, started meeting with state lawmakers and Gov. to push the idea that the next session should be focused on higher education, including a bill that could overhaul its funding.Then, the pandemic hit.Now, instead...

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UT-Austin football players say they were forced to stay on field for “The Eyes of Texas” to appease angry donors and fans

UT-Austin football players say they were forced to stay on field for “The Eyes of Texas” to appease angry donors and fans

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.University of Texas athletic officials in October told Longhorn football players they had to remain on the field postgame for “The Eyes of Texas” singalong with fans protesting the game day tradition, two Longhorn football players told The Texas Tribune.Previously, some student athletes had chosen not to participate after multiple games, as the song had become a flashpoint over the summer — especially for Black student athletes — given the alma mater song’s historical ties to campus minstrel shows.The...

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“UT needs rich donors”: Emails show wealthy alumni supporting “Eyes of Texas” threatened to pull donations

“UT needs rich donors”: Emails show wealthy alumni supporting “Eyes of Texas” threatened to pull donations

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The Texas Longhorns had just lost to rival Oklahoma for the third time in a row — this time after a quadruple overtime.The bruising loss was quickly overshadowed when then-Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger stood alone on the field for the playing of the university’s alma mater song "The Eyes of Texas," a postgame tradition. The rest of the team, who typically stay to sing the song with fans at the end of games, had retreated from the field.For many University of Texas at Austin students who had spent months...

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“UT needs rich donors”: Emails show wealthy alumni supporting “Eyes of Texas” threatened to pull donations

“UT needs rich donors”: Emails show wealthy alumni supporting “Eyes of Texas” threatened to pull donations

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The Texas Longhorns had just lost to rival Oklahoma for the third time in a row — this time after a quadruple overtime.The bruising loss was quickly overshadowed when then-Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger stood alone on the field for the playing of the university’s alma mater song "The Eyes of Texas," a postgame tradition. The rest of the team, who typically stay to sing the song with fans at the end of games, had retreated from the field.For many University of Texas at Austin students who had spent months...

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Texas leaders failed to heed warnings that left the state's power grid vulnerable to winter extremes, experts say

Texas leaders failed to heed warnings that left the state's power grid vulnerable to winter extremes, experts say

 , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Millions of Texans have gone days or heat in subfreezing temperatures brought on by snow and ice storms. Limited regulations on companies that generate power and a history of isolating Texas from federal oversight help explain the crisis, energy and policy experts told The Texas Tribune.While Texas Republicans were and , the natural gas, nuclear and coal plants that provide most of the state’s energy also struggled to operate during the storm. Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the...

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Texas leaders failed to heed warnings that left the state's power grid vulnerable to winter extremes, experts say

Texas leaders failed to heed warnings that left the state's power grid vulnerable to winter extremes, experts say

 , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Millions of Texans have gone days or heat in subfreezing temperatures brought on by snow and ice storms. Limited regulations on companies that generate power and a history of isolating Texas from federal oversight help explain the crisis, energy and policy experts told The Texas Tribune.While Texas Republicans were and , the natural gas, nuclear and coal plants that provide most of the state’s energy also struggled to operate during the storm. Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the...

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Former top aides say Attorney General Ken Paxton received assistance with home remodel, job for alleged girlfriend in return for helping political donor

Former top aides say Attorney General Ken Paxton received assistance with home remodel, job for alleged girlfriend in return for helping political donor

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Late last year, Texas Attorney General fired multiple senior aides who accused him of accepting a bribe. A court filing obtained by The Texas Tribune reveals for the first time what four of those aides believe Paxton received in exchange for helping a donor with his business affairs.An updated version of a lawsuit filed by the four whistleblowers claims that Austin real estate developer Nate Paul helped Paxton remodel his house and gave a job to a woman with whom Paxton allegedly had an affair.In return,...

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