Daily News Recap (2-13-15)

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By Holly Henrichsen
Assistant Web Content Manager

Photo by Nathalie Cohetero
Photo by Nathalie Cohetero

Yesterday, Texas State University College Democrats went to the capital to try and persuade the legislature from passing House Bill 937 and Senate Bill 11, bills that will allow open carry on college campuses. According to The Dallas Morning News, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted yesterday to allow the open carrying of handguns and concealed carrying of guns on college campuses for Texans over the age of 21 with a concealed handgun license. The bills passed on a 7-2 vote. President of College Democrats here at Texas State University Angela Pates says the new bill has her concerned.

A cyber security summit is taking place today at Stanford University where guest speakers such as President Obama and Apple’s Tim Cook discuss efforts to increase security against cyber threats, according to BBC News. The two speakers will also be joined by top U.S. security officials. The White House says that President Obama wants to protect against cyber threats and share more information about cyber attacks, and one report suggests he intends to issue an executive order directing government and private firms to share more data in the interests of cyber security. Obama’s cyber security plan follows similar efforts made by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said that it should not be allowed that forms communication are resistant to surveillance measures.

The U.S. Southwest drought doesn’t compare to the ‘mega drought’ that will affect that area and the Central Plains later this century and decades after, according to a new study. According to the Washington Post if the current pace of climate change continues, those areas of the country will experience a weather shift and will linger for as long as three decades. Researchers from NASA and Cornell and Columbia universities warned of major water shortages and conditions that dry out vegetation, which cause major wildfires. Mega droughts are long periods of sparse precipitation and loss of soil moisture that span generations.



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