KUT Morning Newspod September 21, 2011
LCRA Vote Could Cut Off Water for Farmers
The Lower Colorado River Authority’s Board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on plans that could reduce or cut off water from the Highland Lakes to farmers.
LCRA staff recommends cutting off water to farmers, if lake levels don’t fill up significantly by early next year and if dry conditions continue into next year. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality would have to approve any of the LCRA’s plans. Lakes Travis and Buchanan are a major water supply for Central Texas cities, including Austin.
Pac-12 Not Expanding
The Texas Longhorns are not headed to the Pac-12 athletic conference. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has announced the conference will not expand past 12 teams. Texas and Oklahoma were considering leaving the Big-12, and taking some other teams with them. In an online statement, Commissioner Scott said the Pac-12 did what it thought was best for its students and fans.
Gov. Perry’s Stance on Social Security
Texas Governor Rick Perry participates a Thursday night GOP presidential debate, his 3rd debate since entering the race for President. In the last debate, Perry took a lot of heat from his opponents for his stance on social security. He has called it a “Ponzi scheme” that benefits older Americans at the expense of younger workers. On today’s Newspod, KUT’s Ben Philpott takes a closer look at what appears to be a potentially risky campaign strategy.