KUT Morning Newspod October 10, 2011
Drought Affecting Power Plants, Too
Slightly cooler fall temperatures are putting less strain on power plants to generate energy but the persistent drought isn’t. Power plants depend on large amounts of water to generate electricity and cool the plant down. KUT’s Erika Aguilar reports, if weather experts are correct in predicting a prolonged drought, power plants will need to figure out how to operate with less water.
Building Project Seeks to Bypass City Ordinance
A downtown “setback” ordinance, created in the early 1980s to maintain a clear view of the Texas Capitol, could impact the design for a 29-story building at 8th and Congress. Project developer David Khan is pushing for a variance that would cut the required 60-foot setback from Congress Avenue in half, to just 30 feet. KUT’s Emily Donahue discusses the issue with Cody Lyon of the Austin Business Journal.
Halloween Decorations Can Be Scary and Safe
Milder fall temperatures are finally upon us in Austin, but the fire danger has not left. As people drape their homes in wicked cobwebs, dried-out scarecrows and grinning jack-o’-lanterns, they should be wary that those decorations could make for a scary, fiery Halloween.