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Daily News Recap (2-12-15)

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By Holly Henrichsen
Assistant Web Director

texasstaterisingstarsignA cease-fire deal was reached today for eastern Ukraine. The cease-fire will include the front-line withdrawal of heavy weapons, but disagreements still remain over the conflict. According to the Washington Post, the pact came after 15 hours of consistent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country has been accused by the West of sending troops and arms to pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine, however Russia has denied those allegations. The deal is scheduled to take place on Sunday.

One of the main talking points today during a Senate State Affairs Committee meeting will be campus carry and open carry, which are two high-profile gun bills. According to the Dallas Morning News there seems to be a growing support among gun-friendly lawmakers for legislation that would allow licensed persons to carry handguns in plain view. The other bill would allow students to carry concealed handguns in buildings in state universities and college campuses.

F.B.I director James B. Comey delivered a speech today about relationships between police departments and black people. According to the New York Times, Comey said that officers who work in neighborhoods where blacks commit crimes at higher rates develop a cynicism that shades their attitudes about race. He also said that regardless of race officers are confronted by citizens on a regular basis and that police need to have more interconnections.

Student Government candidates for vice president and president participated in a debate yesterday evening and shed light on some of the key issues that will make each candidate’s platforms. Tyler Burton is the candidate for Vice President and is running unopposed. Lauren Stolter is the candidate for President and her presidential rival was not in attendance, nor did he provide a statement on his behalf for not showing up. Stolter says one of the things on her platform is to increase football game attendance. Some other topics of discussion were how to get the student body more involved in the legislative process and what the candidates views were on campus carry. The voting period begins on Monday and will end on Thursday.

The U.S. senate has voted in favor for Ashton Carter to be the new Secretary of Defense. Carter previously served as number two at the pentagon will take over the position after Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned after being unable to cooperate with President Obama’s national security team. The vote was unanimous and Senator John McCain says that Carter is respected by Republicans and Democrats alike.

 

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