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Cite-and-release vote could tie given Marquez resignation

Cite-and-release vote could tie given Marquez resignation

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The fate of a cite-and-release ordinance could be affected by the recent resignation of Place 5 City Council member Jocabed “Joca” Marquez. Marquez, who was elected in December of 2018 to serve a three-year term and sat on the Criminal Justice Reform Committee, had been a primary supporter of...

County Judge Becerra: 61 positive cases of COVID-19 in Hays County

County Judge Becerra: 61 positive cases of COVID-19 in Hays County

Chase Rogers, News Editor

April 7, 2020

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra reported two additional cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hays County in a Tuesday morning tweet, bringing the total number of cases to 61. In addition, Becerra encouraged citizens to utilize protective face masks to mitigate the potential spread of the virus...

Gov. Abbott orders Texas historic sites and state parks to close in response to COVID-19

Gov. Abbott orders Texas historic sites and state parks to close in response to COVID-19

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 7, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission to close all state parks and historic sites as part of the state's effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. State parks and historic sites will close at 5 p.m. Monday, April 7, and will remain closed...

(Photo Gallery) Residence halls abandoned amid COVID-19 pandemic

(Photo Gallery) Residence halls abandoned amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rebecca Harrell, Assistant Multimedia Editor

April 6, 2020

Texas State dorm occupants were forced to permanently move out of their residence halls due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Students moved in allotted times from March 28-31, in order to limit the number of people in one space.

Four additional COVID-19 cases in Hays County, bringing total to 54

Four additional COVID-19 cases in Hays County, bringing total to 54

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

April 5, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department confirmed four additional cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Hays County to 54. According to a press release from the county, there is a total of 41 active cases and 12 pending cases in Hays County as...

San Marcos receives $6 million in coronavirus relief funds

San Marcos receives $6 million in coronavirus relief funds

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

April 3, 2020

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett announced April 3, San Marcos will be receiving over $6 million in federal funding for housing and transportation. The funding originates from a coronavirus relief package known as the CARES Act. Of the funds, $6.4 million will be dedicated to public transportation in San Marcos,...

Bobcat Shuttle schedules set to change

Bobcat Shuttle schedules set to change

Paris Peterson, News Reporter

April 2, 2020

Texas State Transportation Services announced adjustments to the Bobcat Shuttle service schedule beginning Monday, April 6. The new Bobcat Shuttle schedule is Monday through Friday 7 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. with an approximate frequency of 20 minutes. According to an email sent from Transportation Services,...

COVID-19 response leaves uncertainty among incoming Texas State students

COVID-19 response leaves uncertainty among incoming Texas State students

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 1, 2020

Editor’s note: The quoted source material in this article was collected prior to Texas State’s April 1 announcement moving New Student Orientation online. We added context to the quotes pertaining to NSO for clarity without altering the meaning of what was stated. As Texas State’s Undergraduate Admiss...

Total number of COVID-19 cases rise to 42 in Hays County

Total number of COVID-19 cases rise to 42 in Hays County

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

April 1, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department has reported four new cases of lab-confirmed COVID-19, bringing the total of positive cases to 42. Out of the 42 cases in the county, 10 people have recovered. There are 11 tests still pending results. There has been a total of 5 cases that have needed hospitalization—4...

SWAT, San Marcos police arrest “documented gang member”

SWAT, San Marcos police arrest “documented gang member”

Daniella Carrera, Reporter

April 1, 2020

San Marcos police arrested a convicted felon and "documented gang member " with help of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and the Hays County Crisis Negotiations team Tuesday night, March 31. The San Marcos Police Department responded to a call at approximately 9 p.m. for an unconsc...

County confirms 10 more COVID-19 cases, totaling 38

County confirms 10 more COVID-19 cases, totaling 38

Chase Rogers, News Editor

March 31, 2020

Hays County Local Health Department has confirmed ten additional cases of COVID-19 and four recoveries on Tuesday, March 31, bringing the total cases in Hays County to 38. Of the 38 cases, seven have been deemed "travel related", two are pending interviews and the remaining 29 reported no travel. Below...

Provost announces changes to final grade policy

Provost announces changes to final grade policy

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 31, 2020

Texas State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gene Bourgeois announced that the university would be making a temporary change to the final grade policy and allow students to request modification of final course grades to the “EP” (emergency pass) grades. The Provost's office stated...

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