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12:24 p.m. Oct: 18: Normal life resumes:

12:18 p.m. Oct. 18: The bomb threat is officially over.

University spokesperson MARK HENDRICKS just released this statement: “Texas State University police, in consultation with the Austin Police Department Bomb Squad, have cancelled the emergency alert after a bomb threat on the Admissions Building earlier today. The Tower and San Jacinto residence halls have been reopened. The Admissions Building will remain closed Thursday as a precaution. All classes will be held according to normal schedule.”

12:08 p.m. OCT. 18: Texas State has re-opened San Jacinto and Towers halls, but the Admissions Building remains closed.  Here is audio of  Texas State University spokesperson JAYME BLASCHKE discussing the bomb threat with San Marcos Mercury correspondent Kolten Parker:

11:02 a.m. OCT. 18: San Marcos Mercury correspondent KOLTEN PARKER at the scene:





Texas State University has evacuated and closed the Admissions Building on campus in response to a bomb threat received this morning.

A bomb threat sent by email to an admissions counselor this morning prompted evacuation of the Admissions Building on North Guadalupe Street and everything in an 800 foot radius. PHOTO by KOLTEN PARKER

In addition, Texas State has evacuated and closed Tower Hall and San Jacinto Hall, two residence halls near the Admissions Building to create an 800-foot perimeter.

Classes have resumed as normal because the threat was specific to the Admissions Building, said a statement released by Mark Hendricks, the university’s spokesperson.

The threat was delivered via email at 7:21 a.m. to a Houston-area admissions counselor who works out of her home. When the admissions counselor discovered the bomb threat, she alerted her supervisors who in turn alerted the University Police Department.

University police are consulting with the FBI and Austin Police Department bomb squad on how to handle the situation, officials said.

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