KUT Morning Newspod July 20, 2011
Hate Crime Victim Lobbies for Attacker’s Life
A federal court in Austin Wednesday morning will hear the case of a man who is trying to stop the execution of his attacker. Rais Bhuiyan survived a hate crime shooting after 9/11. He’s suing the State of Texas to halt the execution of Mark Stroman, who also shot and killed two people in the Dallas area in October 2001.
Stroman was targeting people who looked Middle Eastern. Bhuiyan was shot in the face and survived. He says his Muslim religious beliefs don’t condone execution. Stroman is scheduled to be executed tonight.
Dewhurst Officially Running for U.S. Senate
Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has officially entered the race for Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat. Dewhurst made the announcement in a video to supporters yesterday. Hutchison is not running for re-election next year.
Dewhurst was elected lieutenant governor in 2002. He’s entering a Republican primary that already has several other candidates.
How the Heat is Affecting the Homeless
Air conditioning and ice water can provide refuge from these 100 degree days. But those can be hard to come by for people who are homeless in Austin. On today’s podcast we take a look at what some people are doing to escape the heat.