U.S. court upholds race in admissions
In a long-running affirmative-action case, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race as one of many factors in admissions. "We are persuaded that to deny U.T. Austin its limited use of race in its search for holistic diversity would hobble the richness of the educational experience," Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham wrote. Last year, after hearing the initial appeal of the Texas case, Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin, the Supreme Court ruled that public colleges could consider race in admissions under certain conditions but sent the case back to the appeals court to determine whether the University of Texas' admissions policies used race narrowly enough to meet the standard laid out by the justices.
Fines are approved for water-wasters
California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades. The action by the State Water Quality Control Board came after its own survey showed that conservation measures to date have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.