texas relays

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The 87th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays returned to the University of Texas late last week. More than 6,000 college and high school athletes from across the country converged at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium from Wednesday through Saturday.

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Austin is keeping busy this weekend — which means there are a few road closures event and non-event goers alike should look out for.

The Austin Urban Music Festival is coming back to Auditorium Shores this weekend. This year, the two-day festival is featuring musical guests such as Brandy and Anthony Hamilton. Tickets are still available online.

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With the 86th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays underway, thousands of visitors will enjoy Austin throughout the weekend.

The Relays feature high school and college track and field athletes from across the country. The Texas Relays will conclude Saturday at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium on the UT Campus.

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The 85th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays have returned to Austin.

Track and field action at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium kicked off on Wednesday and stretches through Saturday. More than 6,000 athletes from high schools and colleges across the country will be competing.

The relays are accompanied by a host of other activities in town, meaning street closures and traffic delays.

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A panel in East Austin tonight will discuss how students can overcome racial stigmas through participating in athletics.

Moving Past Racial Stigmas to Help Students Succeed” features Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and CBS Sports Network’s Brian “BJ” Jones as moderators. Speakers include AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, City of Austin Police Monitor Margo Frasier, and UT professor Michael Lauderdale. 

Lauderdale hopes tonight’s discussion will address an important topic: “And that is how we can use athletics as a means to keep kids involved in school and give the models of success. And hopefully increase the likelihood that youngsters finish high school and that youngsters go trade schools or colleges to achieve high levels of education.”

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The Texas Relays are not just a serious competition for track and field athletes. The annual event has also become a celebration of southern car culture. All those slabs cruising through downtown can make it very difficult to navigate the area. This year, Austin police say they are taking extra measures to try to mitigate the gridlock.

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House May Ease Graduation Requirements

The Texas House will take a final vote today on a bill that would ease graduation requirements for Texas students. Starting next year, high school students are required to take a total of 12 end-of-course exams called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), and they have to pass the exams in order to graduate.  In the bill the House will vote on today, high school students will have to pass fewer of the new state exams in order to graduate.