Daily News Recap (4-24-15)

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Comal Psychology building. Photo by Christopher Cabello
Photo by Christopher Cabello

Title IX requirements are changing here at Texas State due to the increase in sexual assault cases reported. From August 2014 to March 2015 there have been 27 students who reported sexual assault, 20 reports of sexual harassment, 12 incidents of dating violence, and 8 reports of domestic violence. According to KXAN news, Title IX requirements were originally written to make the educational environment free from sex discrimination, but it was only referring to equity in athletics. Now universities must take on new responsibilities related to sexual misconduct. These can include sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, relationship violence, or sexual exploitation. Texas State is now working on an electronic reporting system where victims can report online and remain anonymous if they wish.
-Marques Mingo

The House voted yesterday to prohibit abortions for women past 20 weeks of pregnancy who have learned their fetus has serious abnormalities. According to The Dallas Morning News, the republican author pulled the bill from consideration and sent it back to a committee yesterday after the abnormality and other anti-abortion amendments were added. This differs from the 2013 approved ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with the exception of circumstances where fetal abnormalities are detected. The amendment was offered by Representative Matt Schaefer and required that the fetus be carried to term, despite abnormalities or certainty of death for the fetus.
-Matthew Hamill

After a strenuous meeting between Eurozone finance ministers and Greek government officials, the Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem has warned Greece that they need to solve big problems before a debt deal can be agreed upon. BBC news reports, Greece must repay its creditors nearly 1 billion euros by next month, and is struggling to raise money. Dijsselbloem said it is a very critical discussion and requires a comprehensive and detailed list of reforms. Adding “we are all aware that time is running out. If the Greek government fails to come up with a package acceptable to its creditors. then Greece may default on its debts and be forced to give up the Euro.”
-Matthew Hamill

Comcast has announced they will be abandoning their 45 million dollar bid to merge with Time Warner Cable due to government push-back. According to the Austin American Statesman, competitors, consumer groups, and politicians have criticized the deal, saying it would lead to higher prices and less choices. The Justice Department said that Comcast dropped its bid because of regulators’ concerns that the Philadelphia-based cable giant could undermine the streaming video industry that is reshaping television. Many analysts believe Charter Communications can begin their efforts again to combine with Time Warner Cable. A combined Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable would have 15 million video customers and 16.5 million Internet customers. That is still small compared to Comcast who has 22.4 million video subscribers and 22 million Internet customers alone.
-Marques Mingo

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