KUT Morning Newspod July 25, 2011
Jury Selection Begins in Warren Jeffs Trial
Jury selection starts in San Angelo today in the sexual assault trial of polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs. Jury selection in the highly publicized case is expected to be difficult, since few people in the town are unfamiliar with the case. Jeffs faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for sexual assault of one child and aggravated sexual assault of another.
Texas Begins To Feel State Job Losses
The Texas unemployment rate increased to 8.2 percent in June. Government shed about 800 positions last month in Central Texas alone. On top of that, more state job layoffs were announced last week. KUT’s Erika Aguilar reports the Texas economy may not feel the worst of the punch until after summer.
Travis County Looking At Public-Private Partnership to Build Courthouse
Travis County Commissioners are exploring alternative ways of getting a new courthouse in the ground, including partnering with the private sector. KUT’s Ian Crawford speaks with Vicky Garza from the Austin Business Journal about the story.