KUT Morning Newspod August 31, 2011
Williamson County Approves New Budget
Williamson County Commissioners approved the county’s 2011-2012 budget Tuesday. The nearly $127 million budget keeps property taxes about the same for the average homeowner, even though home values are up. That is because commissioners lowered the tax rate a bit. Property tax payments will hold steady at about $882 for the average priced home.
Judge Blocks Abortion Sonogram Law
A federal judge has blocked key provisions of Texas’ new abortion law. It would require doctors to perform a sonogram before an abortion and to read a description of the fetus to the woman. The law passed earlier this year by state lawmakers was set to go into effect Thursday. Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies has more details on the Newspod.
UT Awarded Grant to Study Impact of Oil Spills
A group of institutions led by UT Austin’s Marine Sciences Institute has been awarded a $7 million grant to research how oil spills disperse in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers will also study how oil affects the Gulf’s ecology.
The grant is part of the $500 million Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative created by BP after its massive oil leak in the Gulf last year