KUT Morning Newspod April 21, 2011
Senate Committee Budget Hearing Thursday
The Texas Senate Finance Committee will take up the state’s budget and could vote on it Thursday. The committee chair wants to approve a measure to use $3 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund if additional revenue can’t be found. Once the committee votes, the budget goes to the full Senate. The Senate’s version will then have to be reconciled with the House version which makes deeper cuts to state spending.
Austin Murder Raises Hate Crime Questions, Issues
A South Austin man has been charged with capital murder, after authorities say he shot and killed two women Monday evening. The man’s daughter, according to authorities, was in a relationship with one of the women who was killed. Police say the family was upset over the relationship between the two women. On today’s newspod, KUT’s Erika Aguilar reports it’s up to the Travis County District Attorney’s office to see if this will be pursued as a hate crime.
Firefighters Hoping Weather’s On Their Side
Firefighters in North Texas are hoping cooler temperatures, higher humidity and a chance of rain Thursday will help them control a wildfire west of Fort Worth. Rain moved through North Texas last night but did not hit the area where the fire is burning according to The Associated Press. The fire, near Possum Kingdom Lake, has destroyed at least 160 homes and burned nearly 150,000 acres.