KUT Morning Newspod October 13, 2011
Four Occupy Austin Protesters Arrested
Austin police say four Occupy Austin demonstrators were arrested after 2 a.m. Police say they were arrested for criminal trespass after refusing to leave City Hall Plaza. The City of Austin closed the Plaza, including the mezzanine area, for clean up from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. A city notice says this early morning closure will continue daily.
Occupy Austin is a movement in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street in New York. People are protesting what they call a broken economic and political system in the U.S.
Lawmaker Links Terrorism, Drug Cartels
An Austin congressman says the arrest of two men, one who used to live in Round Rock, in the plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. raises serious questions about border security in Texas. KUT’s Andy Uhler has more on the Newspod.
Medicare Could Mobilize Elderly Voters
Austin city demographics show people are beginning to age in Austin and they’re choosing to stay put. Some of these Baby Boomers are entering retirement age at a time when the recession ate up many people’s financial plans. So as Congress takes a crack at the nation’s deficit and the GOP candidates debate what to do with Medicare, KUT’s Erika Aguilar reports the elderly vote is up for grabs.