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Sun Belt to begin football season Labor Day weekend

A Texas State football quarterback, Tyler Vitt, looks down the football field with the ball in his hands, as a teammate lays on the ground behind him, and a defender is on top.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

August 4, 2020

Football teams in the Sun Belt Conference will begin conference play during Labor Day weekend, the conference announced. In the Aug. 4 announcement, the Sun Belt says the season will be comprised of an eight conference game schedule with an option for each team to add as many as four non-conference...

Texas State launches investigation into cyber attack

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

July 29, 2020

Texas State has launched an investigation into a ransomware attack on a customer relationship management service provider for the university. On July 16, Blackbaud Inc., a computer software company, notified Texas State that it discovered and stopped a security incident involving services it provides...

Missing Kyle resident located safe

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

July 28, 2020

Update: The Hays County Sheriff's Office reports 17-year-old Soraya Montoya was located safe in Austin. The University Star will update this story as additional information is released. Original Story July 26, 9:34 p.m.: The Hays County Sheriff's Office reports Soraya Alexis Montoya, a 17-year-old Hispa...

Sun Belt Conference delays start of fall season

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Colton McWilliams, Sports Reporter

July 23, 2020

The Sun Belt Conference announced the delay of the fall 2020 season until Sept. 4. In an official statement, the Sun Belt says the delay will help conference establish protocols due to the lingering COVID-19 outbreak. “The Sun Belt Conference and each member institution will continue to lean...

Texas State to release COVID-19 dashboard

A sign that gives instruction on how to avoid the spread of coronavirus sits on concrete.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

July 16, 2020

Texas State is planning to release a COVID-19 dashboard with the number of positive cases reported to the university from students, staff and faculty, and cases confirmed by the Student Health Center. The dashboard, which will be updated daily, will be included in Texas State's Roadmap to Return. An official announcement from the university about the dashboard wi...

Hays County primary runoff unofficial results

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July 14, 2020

The Republican Party ballot features the following: District 35 U.S. Representative: “Guillermo” William Hayward, Jenny Garcia Sharon District 5 State Board of Education member: Lani Popp, Robert Morrow District 45 State Representative: Kent “Bud” Wymore, Carrie Issac The Democra...

The Main Point: Texas State needs to stop hiding COVID-19 information

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The Editorial Board

July 1, 2020

When Texas State announced some classes would be conducted in-person during its summer II session, we, and other students alike, hoped the university’s primary goal would be to keep us informed on everything pertaining to COVID-19.  Amid the worst health crisis of our lifetimes, we wanted the opp...

Hays County Jail reports 40 inmates diagnosed with COVID-19

A room in the Hays County Jail March 11. Photo by Cameron Hubbard

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

July 1, 2020

Hays County Jail reports that since COVID-19 testing began in its facility, 40 inmates tested positive for the virus. The jail says 115 inmates volunteered to be tested; 51 tests returned negative and 24 are pending results. It says 36 inmates who tested positive are still housed in the facility....

County residents demand release of jail inmates amid COVID-19

A protester rides his bike behind a caravan. He has a sign attached to his backpack that says, 'Protect our prisoners from COVID-19'.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2020

Demonstrators organized a caravan outside the Hays County Historic Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center June 30 demanding the release of pretrial detainees from jail amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The demonstration, organized by Karen Muñoz and Tomas Diaz de Leon, was in response to reports of inmates...

County Judge Becerra amends order to prohibit large gatherings

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Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

June 26, 2020

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra amended his June 22 order, now prohibiting outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people in the unincorporated areas of Hays County, unless otherwise permitted by Gov. Greg Abbott's executive orders.  An unincorporated area is any area not within a city limit. Order #4 requi...

Q&A with President Trauth about Texas State’s ‘Roadmap to Return’

Texas State President Denise Trauth speaks at an Alumni Luncheon during 2018 Homecoming Week. Photo courtesy of Chandler Prude.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2020

On June 25, Editor-in-Chief Jaden Edison spoke with President Denise Trauth, Dr. Lisa Lloyd and Sandy Pantlik about Texas State's 'Roadmap to Return' to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Obviously, you know, with everything going on, the big question that I just want to go ahead [and put forth] rig...

Gov. Abbott announces expansion of local control over public gatherings

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks while sitting at a conference room table, using his hands for emphasis.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 23, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced an expansion of the ability of mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of over 100 people. Prior to the announcement, mayors and county judges could only impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings over 500 people. A press release from Abbott's off...

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