Austin Police Fatally Shoot Suspect Who Fired on Multiple Downtown Buildings

Austin Police say they shot a suspect who fired a weapon at multiple downtown buildings.
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Update: Austin Police say the suspect in an early morning shooting in downtown Austin is dead.

Police say they shot the suspect who fired a weapon at multiple downtown buildings, including Austin Police headquarters. No officers were injured in the event. 

Meanwhile, Interstate 35 between 15th street and Cesar Chavez Streets remains closed. Police are advising drivers to take Mopac or Highway 183.

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Two Guys on Your Head
10:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

The Psychological Dynamics of Thanksgiving

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For many of us, Thanksgiving means spending time with our families, carrying out traditions that we’ve practiced for years.

While it can be very stressful, messy, and challenging to spend time with family members you don’t see very often, it can also be a beautiful time of re-centering. 

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Austin
7:38 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Means Thousands of Tamales for One Mexican-American Family in Austin

Each year, Beatriz Jaimes makes pork and chicken tamales at her and her husband's construction company in Austin.
Veronica Zaragovia/KUT

In Austin, one Mexican-American family has been celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional feast for decades. The Jaimes family doesn’t make turkey or stuffing or even pumpkin pie, however. They celebrate with hundreds of tamales from scratch, all for their employees.

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Around the Nation
4:18 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Texas Execution Nears For Murderer Whose Competence Was Debated

Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti has had a long history of mental illness but was allowed to defend himself at trial. He is scheduled to be executed next Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

On Dec. 3, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for murdering his in-laws in 1992. There is no doubt he committed the crime, and there is also no doubt that Panetti is mentally ill. But he was deemed fit to stand trial, and he was allowed to defend himself, dressing in a cowboy costume in court, insisting he was a character from a John Wayne movie.

Over the course of the last two decades — and many appeals — his case has gained national attention, and it has shone a spotlight on capital punishment and mental illness.

A Diagnosis

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Energy & Environment
2:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

EPA Proposes Ozone Crackdown, Rankling Texas Officials

Credit Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

Over the objections of Texas officials, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed a long-delayed rule to slash levels of ozone – a smog-forming pollutant known to worsen asthma, lung disease and heart conditions.

The regulation is the latest example of the federal Environmental Protection Agency's use of the Clean Air Act to crack down on the pollution wafting from factories, power plants and tailpipes.

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Wayback Wednesday
11:29 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Wayback Wednesday: Meet Texas' Knife-Throwing Family

Sure, Thanksgiving might be a little difficult at times for some. When you get that many relatives together all in one place, there are bound to be some familial flare-ups. But, if things get a little tense at tomorrow's festivities, remember this: Nobody is throwing knives at you.

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Austin
9:51 am
Wed November 26, 2014

On Thanksgiving Eve, Everyone's Looking for...The Ham Shop?

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It's the day before Thanksgiving, and Austinites are either busy hitting the road or getting ready to stuff the turkey. This year, however, we have some new insight into how we're doing all of this holiday planning: Google has released the most searched-for terms on Google Maps around Thanksgiving last year. Among the top three searches for today, Thanksgiving Eve, are "pie shop" and "liquor store." 

It makes sense, since you need booze and pie to make it through the holiday. But also in that top three? "Ham Shop."

Ham shop?

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Ferguson Decision
10:53 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Protests Across U.S. Include Rally and March in Austin

A protester in Austin expresses grief on Nov. 25, 2014 over a decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Jenna VonHofe/ KUT

Hundreds of people packed the area outside of the Austin Police Department headquarters Tuesday night for a rally and march in support of Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Mo., teenager shot and killed by a police officer earlier this year. They shouted slogans like "justice for Mike Brown" and "hands up, don't shoot."

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Ferguson Decision
4:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

PHOTOS: UT Students March and Rally After Ferguson Decision

Students at The University of Texas at Austin participate in a march and rally following the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
Jenna VonHofe/KUT

The day after it was announced a grand jury had chosen not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August, University of Texas at Austin students held a march and a rally to protest the decision.

More protests are planned for tonight in Austin and other cities around the country.

The Write Up
1:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Why Carrie Fountain Always Remains a Beginner

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Talking with Carrie Fountain is like grabbing a coffee with a dear friend you who leaves you feeling thrilled and more awake to the world around you.

The conversation with the award-winning poet in this episode of The Write Up spins to wonderfully surprising places, exploring parenting, mysticism, craft and her extraordinary new poetry collection Instant Winner.

But, whether it’s writing her next poem or facing a new parenting challenge, Fountain says she consistently strives to “always remain a beginner.”

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Austin
12:17 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Audit Finds Trouble at City Cemeteries

An audit found the Parks and Recreation Department had a lack of general oversight over city cemeteries, in some cases selling plots to multiple buyers.
Austin Monitor

From the Austin Monitor:

A report by the city auditor’s staff found that the Parks and Recreation Department’s Cemetery Operations Group has demonstrated a “general lack of oversight” in managing certain aspects of the city’s municipal cemeteries.

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2014 Mayoral Runoff
10:54 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Civic Summit: The 2014 Austin Mayoral Debate

Austin mayoral candidates Mike Martinez (left) and Steve Adler.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

On December 7 at noon, KUT, KLRU and the Austin Monitor will host a debate between Mike Martinez and Steve Adler. One of them will be Austin’s next mayor and will lead 10 city council members through the first years of a new form of city government.

You're invited to join us in KLRU's Studio 6A for the live televised debate moderated by Jennifer Stayton, host of Morning Edition on KUT, and Michael Kanin, Publisher of the Austin Monitor. 

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Energy & Environment
10:11 am
Tue November 25, 2014

How Underground Sensors in Texas Will Help NASA Predict Drought and Floods

Soil moisture meters across the state could one day help predict weather patterns across the state.
Photo courtesy of Richard Casteel

From StateImpact Texas:

Stanley Rabke’s family has lived and worked on their Hill Country ranch since 1889. Generations of Rabkes have struggled with the extremes of Texas weather, but one storm sticks out in Stanley’s memory: it came after the drought of the 1950s.

“It rained and rained and rained,” he says. “Back then we raised turkeys, we lost thousands of turkeys that washed away in the creek.”

The disaster underscores an irony of life in Texas. “You hope and pray that you’re going to get a good rain, [but] on the other side of it, you hope you don’t get a flood,” says Rabke.

A quick walk from where the turkeys met their fate, some new technology that will help manage that risk is being installed — soil monitoring sensors in the ground.

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Texas
9:02 am
Tue November 25, 2014

More DNA Testing Possible in Rodney Reed Case as January Execution Date Approaches

Reed's family says DNA tests would exonerate him of the 1996 murder of Stacy Stites.
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UPDATE 11/26/14: Visiting judge Doug Shaver rejected a request Tuesday for additional DNA testing in Rodney Reed’s case.

Judge Shaver said the additional DNA testing would delay Reed’s execution. His execution date was moved from January to March 5th.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Texas court will hear testimony today about whether or not to allow DNA testing of additional evidence in the murder case of Rodney Reed. He was convicted in 1998 of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites near Bastrop, Texas. Reed says he is innocent.

Some of Stites' family members are convinced law enforcement got the wrong man, and that law enforcement should look within their own ranks to find Stites' real killer.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Google Looked at Thanksgiving Traffic and You'd Better Leave Town Now

Credit Google Maps

Millions of Texans are taking to the road and skies this year for Thanksgiving travel, and for the first time, Austinites will have some new data to help them decide when to head out on the highway. They'll need it, because Austin has the second biggest increase in traffic during Thanksgiving week in the entire country, according to Google.

After crunching the numbers from their mapping data from the last few years, Google Maps has some advice for you: Leave. Now. Before it's too late. 

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The Two-Way
4:07 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Crowds Confront Police, Businesses Burn In Ferguson Chaos

Police gather on the street as protesters react after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:07 am

In the moments before midnight in Ferguson, so many businesses were ablaze at once, and so many demonstrations had broken out in St. Louis County neighborhoods, that a local officer put it this way: "We've lost control of the area a little bit; we recommend just getting out of the area completely."

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In Black America Podcast
9:47 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Keymel Technologies, LLC

Kenner Rogers, Founder and President of Keymel Technologies, LLC

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Kenner Rogers, Founder and President of Keymel Technologies, LLC.

Rogers, a New Orleans native grew up with a passion for gardening, which later evolved into his love for Science, Metrology and Environmental studies. He often reflects on a commercial that depicted a Native American Indian dishearten by once a pristine landscape that became desolate and defiled due to pollution.

That commercial left a profound impact on him, which resulted in the development of a philosophy that, “respect what Mother Nature has provided, and preserve what God has given for future generations,” he says. This philosophy along with the “going green” movement ignited him to seek business opportunities in the field.

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Ferguson
8:32 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Ferguson Jury: No Charges For Officer In Michael Brown's Death

Lesley McSpadden (wearing sunglasses), the mother of Michael Brown, reacts as she listens to the announcement of the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday. The panel found there was no probable cause to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Brown.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:10 am

This post was last updated at 12:03 a.m. ET.

A grand jury did not indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for any crimes related to the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

Wilson, who is white, shot and killed Brown, who was unarmed and black, in an Aug. 9 incident that has stoked anger and debate in Ferguson and beyond.

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Austin
5:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Players Closes Its Doors

In its final day of operation, the line in front of Players stretched out the door and through the parking lot.
Photo by Mose Buchele

A longtime fixture of the UT campus area closes its doors today. Players restaurant has served generations of UT students, state employees and others from its location at MLK and Guadalupe. 

Today, the lunch rush felt almost like the receiving line at a funeral, as the string of people that stretched out the door and into the parking lot traded memories and said their goodbyes.

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Austin
4:57 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Google Fiber Unveils Prices for Austin

Google Fiber is set to launch sometime in December in South and Southeast Austin.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT

Google Fiber announced plans and pricing for high speed 1-gigabit Internet service in Austin today.

Mark Strama, Austin’s Google Fiber head of operations, also introduced a scaled-down version of Internet service with no monthly fee as an "extraordinary value to folks who might not be connected to the internet today."

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Life & Arts
4:46 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Archives of Literary Giant García Márquez to Live On in Austin

Documents belonging to Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez have been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center on the UT-Austin campus.
Harry Ransom Center

Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez died earlier this year, but documents belonging to the literary giant will soon live on at the Harry Ransom Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

The materials include literary works with hand written corrections, a number of his computers, more than 2,000 pieces of correspondence and even the manuscript of his final unpublished novel.

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