KUT’s Morning Newspod for March 17, 2011
How Would Texas Cope With Serious Power Loss?
Rolling blackouts continue across Japan, because of the ongoing nuclear crisis following last week’s earthquake and tsunami. The power shortage has hit manufacturing and electronic companies, like Toshiba and Sony. Supermarkets and hospitals are also struggling. After last month’s rolling blackouts here in Texas, we got a little idea of what it’s like to lose power for hours but what if a more serious energy situation were to happen here? KUT’s Erika Aguilar explores on today’s podcast.
Short Term Home Rentals Under Scrutiny
SXSW’s Music Festival is well underway, and that means thousands of bands and music lovers looking for a place to stay. Many are opting for something more convenient than a small hotel. They’re renting homes from people looking to cash in on all the visitors in town. Some says it’s a sweet deal for all, but those kinds of rentals may be harder to come by in the future. Details on today’s pod from Mose Buchele for Texas Music Matters.
City Checking Permits during SXSW Music
The City of Austin wants to make sure SXSW event organizers, both official and unofficial, are following all necessary city rules. Starting today the Public Assembly Code Enforcement team (PACE) will be checking out vendors, merchants, event holders and property owners to make sure they’re following local safety codes. PACE will also be checking to see if people have all the required permits. If those can’t be shown for a particular event, the city says it may have to shut it down.