The Two-Way
6:56 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Uneasy Rider: The Origins Of Motorcycle Gangs And How They Remain A Force

Law enforcement investigate the motorcycle gang-related shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas.
Jerry Larson AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:48 am

The shootout involving motorcycle gangs last weekend in Waco, Texas, resulted in 170 arrests and put a spotlight on the gangs' history, which dates back to the 1940s.

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Shots - Health News
5:18 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

This fungus among us — baker's yeast, aka Saccharomyces cerevisiae -- is useful for more than just making bread.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 7:28 am

Rip open a little package of baker's yeast from the supermarket, peer inside, and you'll see your distant cousin.

That's because we share a common ancestor with yeast, and a new study in the journal Science suggest that we also share hundreds of genes that haven't really changed in a billion years.

Edward Marcotte, a biologist at the University of Texas at Austin, knew that humans and yeast have thousands of similar genes. But, he wondered, how similar are they?

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Texas Standard
3:35 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

UT Austin Says Longhorns Still Rule When it Comes to Fandom

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From Texas Standard.

Are “Texas Football Fans Trending Away From Burnt Orange“… UT Austin Athletic Director Steve Patterson says 'no way.'

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Texas Standard
11:14 am
Thu May 21, 2015

The Next Fight in the Waco Shootout Will Be in Court

From Texas Standard

As the dust settles on the Twin Peaks parking lot after Sunday's deadly biker shootout, the showdown in the courtroom is just beginning.

Authorities in Waco no doubt have a challenge ahead of them — sifting through the physical evidence and countless statements regarding the encounter that left 9 dead. But the district attorney’s office is now tasked with how to prosecute the roughly 170 arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime.

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Life & Arts
10:56 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Matching 'Wits' with John Moe

John Moe during a May 2015 performance of 'Wits.'
Minnesota Public Radio/flickr

Wits, the live public radio show that brings comedians, actors and musicians to the stage, is coming to Austin's Paramount Theater this week.

Host John Moe has managed to combine two of his interests – acting on stage and creating public radio — into what has become a pretty good gig. He talked with KUT’s Jimmy Maas this week about how it all began while he was still the host of “Marketplace Tech” based in Minneapolis.

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Real Estate
10:31 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Austin Home Prices Hit Another Record in April 2015

Credit flickr.com/digallagher

Home prices in Austin hit another record last month.

The numbers come as new Census data confirms Austin has continued its explosive growth in recent years.

The Austin Board of Realtors says the median home price was up 14 percent in April 2015, compared to the same month last year, to $274,000. The number of homes sold also hit a record for the month of April.

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Texas Standard
4:23 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

How This Dallas Company Targets Display Window Ads to You

Glass-Media tweeted this photo of a Dallas restaurant window display.
Credit @GlassMediaTX

This story comes from Texas Standard.

Remember the movie Minority Report? It’s kind of like that…

Imagine you’re doing a little window shopping and suddenly the ad on a screen in front of you changes… a cold front has blown through, so instead of showing iced coffee, it shows a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

This is the type of advertising that a Dallas Startup is at the forefront of. Glass-Media’s technology also has some ability to recognize you – or at least tell your age and gender.

Daniel Black is the company’s co-founder and CEO.

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In Black America Podcast
2:55 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program [Part II]

Richard Paul and Steven Moss

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. conclude his conversation with Richard Paul, an award-winning independent public radio documentary producer, and Steven Moss, Associate Professor of English at Texas State Technical College, co-authors of ‘We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program.’

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Wayback Wednesday
1:37 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

The Paving of Congress Avenue and the Last of the Austin Streetcars

Congress Avenue in the 1880s, when mule-drawn streetcars were the only form of public transportation in Austin.
Austin History Center, PICA 02530

In 1905, 110 years ago this week, the City of Austin began paving the city’s main street: Congress Avenue. The paving was meted out in segments – the stretch of Sixth Street to what’s now Cesar Chavez getting the rollout first.

While the pavement signaled a new era in Austin, it also meant the beginning of the end for Austin’s streetcar system, Austin Electric Railway – the latest corporate iteration in a revolving door of companies with Congress Avenue right-of-way – which had been operating at a loss since 1891 and, at the city’s insistence, had to pay for and implement a good portion of the buildout.

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Texas Standard
11:59 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Coming To a Keyboard Near You: Texas Emojis

Photo via Flickr/theusfalcao (CC BY-NC 2.0)

From Texas Standard:

Emojis — small graphics of items, symbols, and faces used in texting and web messaging — have become a major form of communication. You can hold entire conversations with them and even, if you have a lot of time on your hands, transcribe entire books with them.

But a lot of Texas icons — armadillos, Shiner beer, Whataburger — are regrettably missing from your smartphone keyboard. No more! A Texas company will make your ‘Texmoji’ dreams come true.

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Business
11:42 am
Wed May 20, 2015

To Buy A House, You Might Need an English Major

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A Houston homeowner is holding an essay contest to sell his historic bungalow for $150. There’s a catch, however: The house, valued at $400,000, will go to the person with the best 200-word essay. The owner hopes to get 3,000 applications by mid-June to part with the house at market value.

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In Perspective
9:01 am
Wed May 20, 2015

What Are We Eating and Why? Food, History and Politics

Credit www.datamonitorconsumer.com

Have you ever been to a Whole Foods or maybe a co-op and seen labels that say things like, "gluten-free", "non-gmo," "no antibiotics," "free-roaming," "BPA-free," and wondered to yourself, "What does this all mean?" Well, you're not alone. It's a complex, cloudy world when it comes to food these days, and sometimes it's hard to know what's good, what's bad and what you can afford (both ethically and financially) .

In this episode of In Perspective, we'll try to gain a better understanding of food and the food industry, and also explore why things are so complicated when it comes to what we eat.

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Austin City Council
8:22 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Council May Challenge 'Undervalued' Appraisals

The Austin City Council may file a petition with the state to have commercial properties downtown reappraised.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT

From the Austin Monitor:

Following the release of a report stating that Austin commercial property in Travis County is “significantly undervalued,” City Council is considering an appraisal challenge that could reduce the burden on residential property taxpayers.

Council discussed the potential move at a Tuesday work session, during which Budget Office and Law Department staff said the city would have to file a petition with the state’s Appraisal Review Board by June 1 in order to move forward this year.

If the independent board were to rule in favor of the city, the Travis Central Appraisal District would have to reappraise the Austin commercial properties for which it is responsible, potentially increasing their valuation.

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Arts Eclectic
2:46 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

A 'Traffic Jam' You Might Enjoy

Steve Parker truly enjoys staging large-scale and unusual musical pieces. Among other projects, he's organized performances for 100 marching tubas, he's staged an outdoor performance for a dozen trombonists arranged around the perimeter of a lake, and he's created multiple sound installations as part of the Blanton Museum's SoundSpace series.

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Texas Standard
2:38 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

This Mosquito Will Make You Run Out And Buy Bug Spray

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is in Texas and it can carry a painful disease called Chikungunya.
Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

From Texas Standard:

Walking out to get the mail? Put on some repellant. Seriously.

One type of mosquito you really want to avoid right now is one that is out and about in the middle of the day. It is the type that carries a painful disease that’s spread from South and Central America into Mexico and, perhaps soon, Texas.

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Twin Peaks Shooting
12:41 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

The Outlaw Biker Gangs Behind Sunday's Deadly Shootings in Waco

The Bandidos biker gang was at the center of Sunday's shooting at a Twin Peaks.
KUT

Authorities in Waco are still on alert after Sunday's shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant, which involved five biker gangs and ultimately left nine dead and 18 injured. The gun battle centered around two Texas motorcycle clubs: the Bandidos and the Cossacks, an upstart gang that crashed a Bandidos meetup at the restaurant.

While the news stunned many in Texas and garnered national attention, the news was especially shocking to Texas Monthly's Skip Hollandsworth, who wrote about the Bandidos for the magazine in 2007.

Hollandsworth spoke with KUT's Nathan Bernier about his experiences with the Bandidos, the fierce loyalty and business savvy of its members and the impact Sunday's shooting will have on the group in the future.

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2016 Election
4:09 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Perry Says He Would Not Have Ordered Invasion of Iraq

Former Gov. Rick Perry meets with Iowans on May 18, 2015, in Sioux Center. Perry, who's expected to announce his 2016 presidential campaign in June, spent the day traveling across the northwest part of the state.
Credit Patrick Svitek/Texas Tribune

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Former Gov. Rick Perry on Monday weighed in on the latest issue to animate the GOP’s 2016 presidential field, volunteering that he would not have invaded Iraq knowing what he does now. 

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Austin
11:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Yup, It's Still Illegal to Swim in Lady Bird Lake. Here's Why.

Don't even think about it.
Bryan Winter for KUT

After this weekend's rain, the city imposed a temporary ban on boating and recreational use of Lady Bird Lake. But even with that ban lifted, there's still one thing you definitely can't do in the lake: Go swimming. 

It may be well-known to longtime residents (who probably still call it Town Lake), but swimming in Austin’s “crown jewel” is illegal. Seems it has been for 50 years. 

Still, when contacted, public information staff at several city departments seemed surprised to hear such a ban exists.

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Austin
11:16 am
Mon May 18, 2015

El Niño Brings May Showers, But Will It Bring Drought Relief?

Austin’s received 8.97 inches through May 17, compared to 7.09 inches of rainfall in the entire month of May last year.
Dean Terry/flickr

For the past year, forecasters have been watching the Pacific Ocean with bated breath, waiting for the weather pattern known as El Niño to arrive.

Well, it’s here, but it’s not like anything we’ve seen before.

When you hear or read reports about the oft-elusive weather system, you can’t help but think of Chris Farley’s classic skit from “Saturday Night Live.”

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The Two-Way
4:26 am
Mon May 18, 2015

9 Dead After Shootout Between Rival Biker Gangs In Central Texas

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco, Texas. Authorities say the shootout victims were members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting.
Jerry Larson AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:34 pm

A brawl among as many as five rival motorcycle gangs turned deadly on Sunday in Waco, Texas. Nine bikers were killed and 18 injured at a popular sports bar frequented by the gangs. No bystanders or employees were hurt.

Waco police said trouble had been brewing at the Twin Peaks bar and grill for some time. Bikers had been congregating there in ever-increasing numbers, and there had been more and more arrests for fights and weapons. Authorities had intelligence that there was a high potential for violence on Sunday. And they were right.

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