Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:18:23 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths inMore >>
Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs and another recall on the Nap Nanny infant recliner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:33:44 GMT
(CNN) - The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico. Americans flock to MexicoMore >>
The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico.More >>
by Reeve Hamilton
Hey, Texplainer: If the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case is decided in the plaintiff's favor, what will happen to UT?
AUSTIN (THE TEXAS TRIBUNE) - On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a major case that challenges the University of Texas at Austin's use of race as a factor in some admissions decisions — or, as the university argues in its legal brief, a "factor of a factor of a factor of a factor."
UT only uses race as one element in its decision-making process, part of a holistic review of an applicant who fails to qualify automatically under the state law that guarantees admission to students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
One such student was Abigail Fisher, a white woman and the plaintiff in the case that the country's highest court is about to hear. Ironically, should Fisher win her case and prevent the university — as well as others around the country — from factoring race into their decisions, the immediate effect may be to prevent any Texas students similarly below the top 10 percent of their class from attending the state's most elite public university.
Texas created the Top 10 Percent law in 1997 as a creative way to ensure geographic and ethnic diversity in the state's top public universities without using affirmative action, which was facing a legal challenge at the time.
In 2009, with the number of students entering UT Austin under the Top 10 Percent provision overwhelming the school, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 175. It allows UT to cap the number of Texas students automatically admitted at 75 percent of the in-state class. The measure effectively reduced automatic admission at UT Austin to students in the top 8 percent of their high school classes.
As they made adjustments to allow UT to conduct a holistic review process, lawmakers prepared for a possible challenge along the lines of the one the university is currently facing.
A provision in the law says that should a court or board of regents bar race from being a factor in admissions decisions, the 75 percent cap can no longer be applied. UT would revert to automatically admitting as many students in the top 10 percent as possible, which would mean the entire incoming class.
UT officials are not particularly eager to lose the discretion they currently have when it comes to admissions. "To select a class based on a single criteria is not the best way to select a class," Kedra Ishop, UT's vice provost and director of admissions, said. "There are other things about students that are important to the student body on this campus that require us to look beyond a single criteria."
There is some evidence, though, that sticking to just the top 10 percent could make for a more diverse student body. According to the university's report to the Legislature on the implementation of SB 175, the group of students admitted under the top 10 percent provisions appears to be more diverse than those admitted after a holistic review that includes race as a potential factor.
A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case is not expected until next spring. Texas lawmakers begin their session in January, which could give them time to revisit the provisions of SB 175 in light of the impending court decision.
The bottom line: Unless legislators tweak the current law that allows UT to cap its automatic top 10 percent admissions, a loss in the Fisher case could make it virtually impossible for students who are not in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class to gain admission to the university.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:50:52 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - One man is dead after being shot in a hotel room at 6:55 Saturday morning at the American Inn Motel. Tyler Police said a report of a shooting victim was called in to police. When officersMore >>
Tyler Police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to four men wanted in connection with a deadly weekend shooting.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:07:12 GMT
(KYTX)- TYLER, Texas-A Tyler eco-tourism guide was discovered with something up his sleeve in August of 2012. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has nowMore >>
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has now has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes into the country.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:54:38 GMT
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars." The Luscious Crumb filmed their episode back inMore >>
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars."More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:49:29 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) -- We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD. The school district isn't releasing much information but a spokesperson says the district wasMore >>
We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:39 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:39:13 GMT
OVERTON (KYTX) - Sidewalk renovation in Overton , it's gone on for about a week in front of Sheryl Thornton's hair salon, The Barber Pole. Thornton says it has already made her lose some business. SheMore >>
Sidewalk construction causes headaches for an Overton business owner.More >>