KUT Morning Newspod May 5, 2011
Arbitrator Upholds Quintana’s Firing
Former Austin Police officer Leonardo Quintana is not getting his job back. An independent arbitrator has upheld his firing. Police Chief Art Acevedo had fired Quintana in October amid a domestic violence allegation.
Acevedo first fired Quintana after a drunken driving charge in January 2010. Quintana won his job back after an appeal for that first dismissal. Quintana is the APD officer who fatally shot Nathaniel Sanders in May 2009.
Texas Senate Passes Budget Bill
The Texas Senate has passed its version of the state budget. The $176 billion budget makes cuts to all state agencies, but does spend about $12 billion more than the House does in its bill. For KUT News and the Texas Tribune Ben Philpott has details on today’s podcast.
What’s Being Done to Curb Teen Pregnancy in Texas?
According to the UT Health Science Center at Houston, Texas taxpayers would save about $57 million a year if the state’s teen birth rate dropped to that of California. It’s a pot of money the state would probably love to have right now. Gretch Sanders reports legislation proposed to curb the state’s teen pregnancy problem hasn’t gotten much traction.
UT Armed Robbery
The University of Texas at Austin says a student was robbed at gunpoint near the Brazos garage overnight. No one was hurt but officials are asking people to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to UTPD. That number is 512-471-4441.