KUT’s Morning Newspod Friday March 4, 2011
House Gives Preliminary OK For Abortion Sonogram Bill
The Texas House has given preliminary approval for a bill that would require women to get sonograms before abortions. Lawmakers voted on the measure last night after hours of debate. KUT’s political reporting partner, The Texas Tribune reports the bill “still needs to be read and voted upon once more to pass out of the House, though no major (or minor) changes in outcome are expected.” The House version will have to be reconciled with the Senate version.
Animal Shelter Achieves “No Kill” Status
The City of Austin will announce later today that, for the first time, Town Lake Animal Center has reached its goal of saving 90 percent of the animals that enter the shelter. The City says 92 percent of animals at Town Lake had live outcomes in February.
Will Council Emails Affect City Elections?
The Austin City Council continues to feel fallout from the release of internal e-mails made public last week. They were released amid an investigation into council members’ alleged violations of open meetings laws, and a lawsuit claiming the city is not complying with open records rules. The emails that were released reveal less-than-flattering opinions about staff members, activists and even everyday Austinites. There’s even a fair amount of name calling. With city elections just around the corner, KUT’s Mose Buchele reports on whether the controversy surrounding the emails could have a serious political impact. Listen to the podcast in the audio player above to hear Buchele’s story.