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UTA In The News — Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

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Texans and taxes

The Star-Telegram’s report about tax-weary Texans seeking property tax relief quoted Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science. “This could become a big political issue in local elections, especially if too many citizens have to pay higher tax bills,” Saxe said.

'Brexit' vote

WBAP/820 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, about Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and its potential impact on the U.S. presidential election. Saxe drew a comparison between the leader of the British movement and Donald Trump considering their stances on finding a solution for illegal immigration.

Shark Week

The Dallas Morning News reported that animated versions of the ocean's scariest predator may be coming to a smartphone near you just in time for Shark Week, thanks to the work of Coppell-based startup Aireal. The company was tapped to create digital experiences and games for the Discovery Channel's annual weeklong marathon of shark-themed programs. Juan Placencia, Aireal's mobile architect, graduated from UTA.

Baseball bats

The Star-Telegram quoted UTA catcher Brady Cox in its story examining whether college baseball should only use wooden baseball bats or bats made of metal. Wooden bats are the choice in the professional game. Metal/composite bats have long been a staple of college baseball. “These new bats are a little different, but there is still some give and some leeway,” Cox said. “Wood would definitely fine-tune hitting skills."