Winter Storm Warning Takes Effect at Midnight; Schools Cancel Thursday Classes (Updated)

Winter storm warning in pink; winter weather advisory in purple.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for freezing rain and sleet beginning tonight at midnight and lasting until noon Thursday for the following counties: Travis, Williamson, Llano, Burnet, Val Verde, Edwards, Real, Kerr, Bandera, Gillespie, Kendall, Blanco and Hays.

UPDATE 5:40 pm: Here are the school districts so far that have canceled classes for Thursday:

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Austin
5:09 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Despite Decline in Homeless Numbers, Many Still Seek Refuge Under Austin's Bridges

Austin's homeless population numbers are decreasing, according to an annual count.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News

The homeless population in Austin is getting smaller.

At least that's what the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) found in its annual count of people who are homeless last month. But the population is still in the hundreds.

One of the reasons the non-profit is citing for the decline is a small but steady increase in affordable housing in Austin.

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The Two-Way
3:43 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Ferguson Documents: Justice Investigation Backs Former Officer Wilson

People rally in Union Square before marching through the street in protest to the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 3:34 pm

When a grand jury decided not charge former Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, Ferguson, Mo., ended up in flames.

Protesters decried the injustice and faced off violently with police officers and the National Guardsmen who were brought in to ensure peace.

Robert McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney in the case, also decided to release reams of documents with the evidence presented to the grand jury.

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In Perspective
3:31 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Race In America: What Do We Need To Talk About?

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This episode of In Perspective recognizes Black History Month by bringing together several scholars for a discussion of race in contemporary America. As we look back on 2014, we celebrate the achievements of African-Americans, but we also find racial inequality and abuses of power and privilege that continue to endanger and oppress non-white Americans.

We must also ask ourselves: Where are we, as a nation, in our ongoing debates regarding race? Among other inquiries, host Rebecca McInroy asks these In Perspective discussants which conversations about race are most productive to pursue.

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Texas Standard
2:31 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

The San Antonio Spurs and the Trouble With Analytics

Turns out, the definition of 'analytics' varies – and so do the stories of how much the Spurs rely on them.
Flickr User Katie Haugland

From Texas Standard: 

The Spurs recently won an award for using analytics – but do they use them?

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Affordable Care Act
1:40 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Central Texans' Obamacare Coverage Hinges on Supreme Court Decision

Filipa Rodrigues/KUT News

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today over part of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a case that could have an impact on hundreds of thousands of Texans who bought insurance on the federal marketplace.

It comes on the heels of the Obama Administration’s announcement last month that some people who bought insurance through the online marketplace were given incorrect information about tax subsidies they qualified for, meaning some customers will get another chance to enroll for health insurance.

Still, some Central Texans are still trying to cut through the confusion, even as the health law’s future hangs in the balance.

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In Black America Podcast
1:34 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Beyond-This-Place: The Visual History of African American Fraternities and Sororities

Jarrad Henderson

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Jarrad Henderson, producer of ‘Beyond-This-Place: The Visual History of African American Fraternities and Sororities.’

African American Fraternities and Sororities have played an important role in the development of African American identity for over one hundred years. Beyond-This-Place is an independent documentary project that examines the rich culture of African American Greek Letter Organizations.

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Wayback Wednesday
1:15 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Looking Back: When The Drag Wasn't Such a Drag

This photo, taken some time in the early 1950s, shows Guadalupe looking south. To the right is the Varsity Theater.
PICA 26827, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Today's Wayback Wednesday takes a look back at Guadalupe Street, before it was awash in the glow of stop lights and rush hour brake lights.

Texas Standard
12:48 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Why Mack Brown Loves Twitter And His Answers To Your Questions

Mack Brown, former head coach of the Texas Longhorns football team, visits with Texas Standard.
Mengwen Cao KUT News

From Texas Standard:

When Mack Brown stepped down as head coach of the Texas Longhorns football team, he was the second winningest in school history with a national title under his belt. We all know that Mack Brown, but there’s another one — the off-the-field tactician who recruits for nonprofits.

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Transportation
8:32 am
Wed March 4, 2015

How Do You Solve a Problem Like The Drag?

At a recent open house on how to improve the Guadalupe corridor, known as 'The Drag,' attendees annotated large maps with their ideas and concerns.
Terrence Henry/KUT News

It’s one of the biggest bottlenecks in town, a place where cars, buses, bikes and pedestrians all squeeze into just four travel lanes, and where the University of Texas begins to merge with downtown – a street aptly named "The Drag."

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Austin
4:04 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

In Push For More Staff, Some See Effort to Increase Mayor’s Power

Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT News

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has been pushing an idea for weeks now: He needs more staff. Adler says this city council has set some big goals and that it will be really difficult to achieve them without more staff.

There's been tension building for weeks. And as much as Adler explains his point of view, the council is still failing to see things through his eyes.

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The Two-Way
2:02 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Source: Probe Of Ferguson Police Uncovers Racist Comment About Obama

Police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets of Ferguson, Mo., on Nov. 25, 2014.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 8:08 am

A federal civil rights investigation of the Ferguson, Mo., police force has concluded that the department violated the Constitution with discriminatory policing practices against African Americans, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the report.

The investigation, the source says, concluded that blacks were disproportionately targeted by the police and the justice system, which has led to a lack of trust in police and courts and to few partnerships for public safety.

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SXSW 2015
1:48 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Here's a Look at Some of the Brand-Backed Buildouts Planned for SXSW

Ketel One will be building a windmill over South By similar to this one built at the Art Basel Festival in 2013.
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Many predict this year’s South By Southwest will be pared down compared to years past. While the days of giant Doritos vending machines are gone, there are still a couple of corporate-backed buildouts and events to lure in fest-goers.

So, we decided to rummage through city permits to preview some of the stranger requests from South By sponsors.

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Texas Standard
12:59 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

24 Signs You're a True Texan

Ever had beef enchiladas on the San Antonio River Walk?
kylemonahan/flickr

How can you tell if someone's a real Texan? Our resident expert shares a cowboy's wisdom on the subject. 

An old rodeo cowboy from George West once helped W.F. Strong define the makings of a true Texan. He told him: "All you gotta do is ask a few questions."

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Texas Standard
12:49 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Could the Business Community End Mexico's Drug War?

After twenty powerful business groups and think tanks publicly expressed outrage at Mexican authorities over rampant lawlessness, Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord, Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez.
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One day after twenty business leaders issued a public vote of no confidence in the country's biggest newspapers, officials announced they had captured Mexico's most wanted kingpin.

After twenty powerful business groups and think tanks publicly expressed outrage at Mexican authorities over rampant lawlessness, Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez.

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Austin
12:29 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Council Plays Fast and Loose on Garza Tract Vote

Credit Liang Shi/KUT News

From the Austin Monitor:

Those familiar with the previous City Council’s strict adherence to procedural rules have been left dizzy by the new Council’s first few meetings. Last week, during the Garza Ranch discussion about the maximum allowable number of vehicle trips per day on the tract, that confusion reached new heights — and after some investigation, the Austin Monitor remains unable to determine who, if anyone, made the final amendment to the motion that was approved on first reading.

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Texas Standard
11:09 am
Tue March 3, 2015

How to Raise a Texan Long Distance

Jake Silverstein is trying to raise his five- and eight-year-olds in New York with some semblance of their Texan heritage.
flickr.com/zeldman

Loving Texas is one thing. Teaching your children to do the same when they no longer live here is something else altogether.

Jake Silverstein left his post as editor of Texas Monthly to head up a little outfit called The New York Times Magazine - a tough job but someone’s gotta do it. But back when he was at the helm of Texas Monthly, he was responsible for one of its most popular issues: It featured babies in cowboy boots under a banner asking, “How Do You Raise a Texan?”

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2015 Legislature
10:36 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Without Medicaid Flexibility, Texas Republicans Say No to Program's Expansion

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus has sent a letter to President Barack Obama saying that without flexibility in the current Medicaid program, they won't support any type of expansion of the program in the future.
Veronica Zaragovia/KUT

Leaders of the Texas Senate have sent a letter to President Barack Obama [read a PDF of the letter here] about Medicaid. It says that if Texas can’t make changes to how it runs Medicaid now, there’ll be no Medicaid expansion for Texas in the future.

The Affordable Care Act gives states the option to expand Medicaid to cover more people, or in the case of Texas and some other states, not expand it.

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2015 Legislature
10:34 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Why Texas Deletes Vaccine Records from State Registry

A group of doctors visited State Rep. Ken Sheets, R-Dallas, to discuss the ImmTrac vaccine registry in Texas.
Veronica Zaragovia/KUT News

With vaccines in the news the past couple months, you might have got to wondering about your own.

Remember that card with a record of all of your shots on it? If you’re past your college days, it might’ve been a while since you’ve seen it – if you even have at all. If you didn’t tell your doctor at age 18 that you want Texas to keep that record electronically, chances are your records are gone, but some state lawmakers are trying to change that. 

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Education
9:37 am
Tue March 3, 2015

#BeSomebody Speaker Draws Controversy at Austin High School

It all started with a high school assembly on the first day back from winter break. The guest speaker was the founder of an Austin-based company with a positive message about following your dreams. But what was supposed to be a motivational speech turned into a war of words between high school students and staff and Kash Shaikh, the founder of #BeSomebody, that played out on blogs and social media.

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SXSW 2015
8:55 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The Austin 100: A SXSW 2015 Mix

Emma-Lee Moss, a.k.a. Emmy The Great, will perform at the SXSW Music Festival later this month.
Joseph Okpako Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 7:26 am

There's a lot of music on this page — 100 songs, to be exact, each from an artist worth discovering at this year's SXSW Music Festival. It's more than six genre-defying hours of music.

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