Submitted by Eric Vandergriff on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 9:50am
From Friday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 9, Texas shoppers will not pay the 6.25 percent sales tax on most clothing, shoes, backpacks and other school supplies priced at $100 or less during the state's annual tax-free shopping weekend. And while online retailers aren't required to participate in the sales tax holiday, the Texas comptroller's office has said that shoppers can expect online purchases that fit the criteria to be exempt from sales tax.
The following University of North Texas faculty members are available to discuss topics related to the tax-free shopping weekend.
Submitted by Eric Vandergriff on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:52am
Next Thursday, Aug. 6, 10 of the many candidates for the Republican nomination for president will take the stage in a debate hosted by Fox News, after being chosen based on their average ranking in five national polls conducted before Aug. 4. Only the candidates currently leading by double digits in recent polls – real estate tycoon Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker -- are not in danger of losing their spots in the debate.
Submitted by Eric Vandergriff on Wed, 07/22/2015 - 8:21am
On Aug. 10, 2014, one day after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown began appearing on Twitter after an attorney in Jackson, Mississippi, posted it with two photos of himself -- one showing him positively and the other stereotyping him negatively. The text urged others to consider which photo would be used by the media to report on his theoretical death by police.
DENTON, Texas (UNT) — Eric Coleman, lecturer in the UNT Department of Criminal Justice with expertise in campus safety, security administration and police response, is available to discuss a shooting reported today at a Naval Reserve Center, near a community college in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Submitted by Eric Vandergriff on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 9:25am
Today (Tuesday, July 14), representatives with the United States and other world powers reached a historic agreement with Iran's leaders that calls for limits on Tehran's nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. The agreement, which is aimed at averting the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East, is the result of 18 days of negotiations.
Illustration of NASA’s New Horizons craft passing Jupiter on its path to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. NASA image. To download, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/images/index.html?id=346981
NASA launched the New Horizons craft in January 2006 to explore the outermost edges of our solar system for the first time.
On July 14 (Tuesday), the craft will make its closest approach to Pluto and will head toward the Kuiper Belt, a band of debris left over from the formation of our solar system that is located nearly 4 billion miles from Earth’s orbit.
Submitted by Eric Vandergriff on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 9:47am
A gunman shot and killed nine people at one of the nation's oldest black churches on the evening of June 17 (Wednesday), according to media reports, and police are investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime. Experts at the University of North Texas are available to comment on the shooting from various angles. Check back for updates to this page with additional experts.
Submitted by Eric Vandergriff on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:17am
DENTON, Texas (UNT) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will address media in a press conference at 1:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. EDT) June 17 (today), and industry analysts are speculating that an increase of the federal interest rate could be announced later this year. It would be the first increase since 2006.
Submitted by Eric Vandergriff on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:37am
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to formally announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination this Thursday (June 4), joining an increasingly crowded field of Republican candidates. Perry, whose first presidential run in 2012 ended quickly, is expected to make Iowa a central component to his campaign after visiting the state 14 times.
The following University of North Texas political scientists are available for media interviews about Perry and other declared and possible presidential candidates.