KUT Morning Newspod June 27, 2011
East Texas Wildfires Affecting Timber Industry
Wildfires in East Texas have burned thousands of acres and cost millions of dollars in timber losses. The Texas Forest Service estimates the Bearing Fire in Trinity and Polk Counties destroyed timber valued at over $13 million. That lost timber could have been used to make $243 million in products such as lumber, plywood and paper products.
City Council Takes F-1 Vote This Week
The Austin City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on a deal that would unlock state tax incentives for a planned Formula One auto race in southeast Travis County. The council voted to postpone a decision last week. But as KUT’s Matt Largey reports, this week the issue will be decided by a slightly different city council.
Ft. Hood Soldier on Life in Iraq
The U.S plans to pull 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan by the end of next summer. The troop withdrawal from Iraq is scheduled to wrap up by the end of this year. Soldiers from Fort Hood are handling the final missions in a large part of South Iraq. KUT is following these soldiers as they make their way back to Central Texas. On today’s newspod, KUT’s Crystal Chavez speaks with Staff Sergeant Marc Krugh, a platoon sergeant with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.