KUT Morning Newspod August 23, 2011
AISD Budget Includes Historic Exemptions
The Austin ISD Board approved Monday night a $700 million operating budget for the 2011-12 school year. It ends months of discussion on how to to close a budget shortfall that wound up amounting to $35 million. Despite the budget crunch, KUT’s Nathan Bernier reports the District voted to reinstate historic tax exemptions.
Drought Forces Cattle Ranchers To Sell Off Or Sustain Losses
This drought is already the worst one-year drought in the state’s history. As a result, stock ponds in the country are drying up. Grazing fields have browned over and as KUT’s Matt Largey reports cattle ranchers are having to make businesses decisions to cash out now or continue the fight.
Cap Metro Considers Hiring Private Firm To Run Bus Routes
The Cap Metro board will vote next week on terms of contracting out operations of its bus routes. The public transportation agency and the Amalgamated Transit Union are still in disagreement over what that means for union bus employees. KUT’s Mose Buchele reports.