KUT Morning Newspod July 8, 2011
Texas Executes Mexican National
Texas executed Mexican citizen Humberto Leal Thursday night. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals, backed by the Obama Administration, to delay the execution to give Congress time to work on legislation covering cases like this.
Lawyers argued Leal wasn’t told he could seek legal help from the Mexican government when he was arrested. Leal was put to death for the rape-slaying of 16 year-old Adria Sauceda in 1994 in San Antonio.
City of Austin Adds More Bike Lanes
New bike lanes are opening along South Congress. The city hopes more bike lanes will attract more cyclists. On today’s Newspod, KUT’s Mose Buchele reports on who is biking in Austin and who isn’t.
Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Resigning
The Lake Travis ISD Board has announced Superintendent Donald Rockwell ‘Rocky’ Kirk is resigning effective July 31st. Kirk told the Board he’s leaving for personal reasons. He has served as the head of the LTISD since 2002. The Board is expected to appoint an interim superintendent at a specially called meeting Monday.
Expect extra congestion around the Frank Erwin Center starting Friday through Sunday. The U.S. and Spain will be taking the court in a Davis Cup quarterfinal.
Also, starting at 9 a.m. the intersection of Rio Grande and 24th Streets will be closed. The City of Austin will be doing some construction work at that intersection this weekend. It’s scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.