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2:13 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Texas Tribune: Musk Says Texas "Leading Candidate" for Hyperloop Track

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Entrepreneur Elon Musk announced Thursday that he wants to build a “test track” for his idea for a futuristic high-speed transportation system called the Hyperloop, adding that Texas is “the leading candidate” to host the track.

Musk’s Hyperloop concept involves transporting passengers via pods in above-ground tubes that move as fast as 800 mph. The system quickly proved to be a polarizing concept when Musk introduced the idea in 2013, with some praising it as visionary and others deriding it as wildly impractical.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Texas Tribune: In Last Hurrah, Perry to Encourage Compromise

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In a farewell speech to a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Thursday, Gov. Rick Perry intends to emphasize bipartisanship and encourage lawmakers to work across party lines.

"There is room for different voices, for disagreement," he plans to say, according to prepared remarks provided to The Texas Tribune. "Compromise is not a dirty word if it moves Texas forward." 

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Blogs
12:08 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Texas Standard: Beyonce, Feminism Class Offered at University of Texas at Austin

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College students around the country know about musicians Beyonce and Rihanna. Now, students can put their knowledge to the test by taking a course about the female pop culture icons. 

The University of Texas at Austin will offer a class called "Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism" beginning in the spring of 2015. The innovative course will explore the role of the pop divas in feminism and society. 

Omise'eke Tinsley, Ph.D., explained how her new class will teach college students about black feminism. 

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Blogs
10:40 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Inside Texas Tech: Experts on Crude Price Decline, Possibility of $20 a Barrel

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In June 2014, the price of a barrel of oil was roughly $115 per barrel, leading to gas prices that were well over $3 per gallon. 

Not anymore.

Prices of oil have crashed in the last six months, starting 2015 with the price of crude oil at a five-year low as the current price hovers around $45 per barrel, a 60 percent slash in value. 

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Blogs
9:18 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Texas Tribune: 84th Texas Legislature Shows Little Diversity

What does the Texas Legislature look like? On average: white, male, middle-aged, Christian — and educated at a public university. That's according to a Texas Tribune analysis of demographics in the Texas Capitol.

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