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A little over a month since the UK variant of COVID-19 was found on the University of Texas campus, the university sent out an alert that another variant originating from California has been identified at a campus testing site. The individuals who tested positive for the B.1.429 variant of the virus have been identified and are quarantining.

Some studies have shown that the current vaccines being distributed against COVID-19 can fight certain variants, but in its alert, UT states that there is little data about the transmissibility and severity of the new variant.

The variant was first identified in California in November 2020 and has since been found in 19 other countries.


The high school valedictorian who took aim at Texas legislators in her speech is still fighting for women’s rights as a UT student

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Paxton Smith’s 2021 valedictory speech at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas wasn’t the same speech she had previously shared with school administrators. She dropped the approved speech and made a case for women’s reproductive rights after lawmakers passed the Texas "Heartbeat Bill.”

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Austin City Council sets meeting to talk abortion decriminalization after Roe v. Wade struck down

(Council Member Chito Vela/Twitter)

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, Friday morning. Moments later, Austin City Council set a special meeting for next month to pass a resolution aimed at decriminalizing abortion.

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