KUT’s Morning Newspod for March 29, 2011
AISD School Board Finalizes Massive Job Cuts
The Austin ISD School Board made the final decision last night to eliminate 1,153 district positions. Of those positions, 361 employees retired, resigned voluntarily or were assigned to different positions. That leaves 792 AISD employees who now know for sure they will be out of a job after the school year. By eliminating these positions, AISD only gets about halfway to closing its $94 million budget deficit.
Higher Oil Prices a Mixed Blessing for Texas
For the first time since 2008, oil prices hit $100 per barrel last month. Prices have continued to rise, amid growing concerns over global supplies as the conflict in Libya escalates. Gretch Sanders reports that paying more at the pump might not be bad news for Texas.
State House Panel to Hear About Expanding Gambling
The House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee will hear testimony today on a proposal that would expand gambling in the state by adding casinos and slot machines at racetracks. An industry group says the proposal could bring about $1 billion into the state each year.
Stalkers Using Technology to Track Victims
Even though violent crime rates have dropped nationwide, statistics show crimes against women have risen. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports stalkers are using technology to track their victims.