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Daily News Recap (4-17-15)

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Students around the LBJ Student Center. Photo by Nathalie Cohetero.
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An emotional appeal has been made by the parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon to remove the death penalty from the punishment. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty last week on all 30 charges related to the bombings at the 2013 race. CNN reports, Bill and Denise Richard, the parents of the 8-year-old Martin, said they are trying to rebuild lives that will never be the same. Adding that they understand the heinousness of the crimes but wish the death penalty be removed in exchange for life in prison with no release and no appeals. The sentencing phase will begin this Tuesday, a day after the 2015 Boston Marathon.
-Matthew Hamill

The Texas Workforce Commission announced today that the State of Texas has achieved its lowest unemployment rate since 2007. The drop from 4.3 percent in February to 4.2 in March occurred despite a seasonally adjusted employment decrease of 25,400 jobs. This happened after 53 straight months of annual growth in the State of Texas. In a statement released by Governor Abbott, he says that while the State of Texas has achieved enormous success in creating jobs and spurring economic growth, it’s time to renew focus on promoting smarter tax policies that energize Texas’ economy and empower entrepreneurs to reinvest their capital in the Lone Star State.
-Taylor Zavala

The market value of Netflix is now greater than that of the Columbia Broadcasting System, or CBS, according to Quartz news. After another outstanding quarter, Netflix market value went past the thirty billion mark, and CBS. Although CBS isn’t the largest broadcast network it is the highest rated network on TV. Netflix has become more watched than any channel in the U.S. a few years ago, it seems only a matter of time before it is the most watched service of any kind in the world.
-Matthew Hamill

The Starkey Hearing Foundation will be receiving a boost from the Delta Zeta sorority though their Turtle Tug event. Sydney Wassum, of Delta Zeta, says this is the last Turtle Tug the sorority will host, however they still plan on finding ways to give back. Through events like the turtle tug, the Starkey foundation are able to donate over 100,000 hearing aids a year to those in need.
-Matthew Hamill

Downtown San Marcos is hosting a new, family-friendly event next weekend called San Market and KIDFEST. This will be hosted at the Hays County Courthouse and will consist of dozens of local vendors and kids activities, giving San Marcos residents the opportunity to shop local. For more information about attending the event or being a vendor, go to the San Market page on Facebook.
-Chelsea Seifert

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