Here’s what you need to know to get caught up in Austin this week:

1. Airport adds recycling receptacle

In an effort to improve recycling, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Friday revealed a new “Pour it Out” receptacle that allows passengers to dump liquids from a bottle or container before placing it in recycling. Wet recyclables are considered contamination and go to the landfill instead. The airport hopes to eliminate 63 tons of waste in a year through this new program.

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Bill allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees moves to full Senate

Senate Bill 2118 would give schools the authorization to offer bachelor's degrees in applied science, applied technology and nursing

Austin Community College and other two-year public community college systems in Texas may soon be able to offer bachelor’s degrees in certain fields if a Senate bill becomes law.

Senate Bill 2118, filed by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, states the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has the right to authorize public junior colleges, or community colleges, to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in applied science, applied technology and nursing.

It was voted out of the Senate Higher Education Committee to the full Senate yesterday.

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