Caleb Bryant Miller

Judge's Ruling Goes Against Death Row Inmate Skinner

A district court judge ruled against death row inmate Hank Skinner on Tuesday in the wake of new DNA testing, saying it was “reasonably probable” he would still have been convicted had the evidence been available at trial.

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Bob Daemmrich

Transparency Committee to Question UT System Officials

High-ranking University of Texas System officials are expected to appear before the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Wednesday to answer questions about recent developments at UT-Austin.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

Conservative Groups Urge Strict Budget Spending Cap

A coalition of conservative groups set forth a strict proposal for the state’s fiscal future, emphasizing hard spending caps to limit the size of government, with the release Tuesday of a budget report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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Julián Aguilar

Undocumented Journalist Faces Uncertain Future After Detention

Jose Antonio Vargas, the country's highest-profile undocumented immigrant, was detained by Border Patrol officials in McAllen on Tuesday. Now all eyes are on the federal government, which must decide whether to begin deportation proceedings or let Vargas stay.  

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Court: UT-Austin May Use Race in Admissions

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday — for the second time — that the University of Texas at Ausin may use race as an element of its admissions decisions for candidates not admitted via the state's Top Ten Percent Law.

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