KUT Morning Newspod September 26, 2011
Can Governor Perry Compete in Michigan?
Texas Governor Rick Perry campaigned in Michigan over the weekend, where he’d finished a distant second to Mitt Romney in a GOP straw poll there. As KUT’s Ben Philpott reports, if Perry hopes to gain ground in Michigan, he’ll first have to find some common ground to work with.
What Are Tar Sands?
This Wednesday the State Department hosts a public forum at UT’s LBJ auditorium about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Groups will be lining up to give support, or to opposed the plan to bring oil from the Canadian Tar Sands all the way to Houston for refining. Before those fireworks, we thought it would be a good idea to explain exactly what the project entails.
Budget Cuts At Parks Department Get Real
The legislature cut the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s budget by more than 20 percent last spring, and now the parks are beginning to feel the effects. Across the state, park staff has been laid off, vacancies have been frozen, and operating hours have been slashed. Will officials be able to keep up the same level of service for the public?