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The University of Texas at Austin joined a number of Texas universities that are making standardized tests optional for their application process through 2021.


"This change will allow the university to better serve potential students by ensuring that testing limitations related to COVID-19 do not affect a student's ability to apply," according to a statement from the university.

Baylor University, Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University were among other schools that announced in April and May that their 2021 application cycle would be test-optional.

Students may still include scores on their applications, but it is not required.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz tonic water
  • 1 lime, squeezed
  • 5 grapes, muddled

Directions: Muddle grapes in a shaker. Add Tito's Handmade Vodka, simple syrup, lime, and ice, then shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice and top with tonic water.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that restaurants and other businesses can expand their capacity to 75% starting on Monday in most parts of the state.

In most of the state, businesses that had been limited to 50% capacity—including retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, libraries, museums and gyms—can move to 75% capacity starting on Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Thursday. Bars must remain closed.

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