KUT Morning Newspod October 19, 2011
Romney, Perry Get Heated in GOP Debate
Texas Governor Rick Perry appeared to have turned in his strongest debate performance of his presidential campaign Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Instead of defending his record as governor, Perry went on the offensive against his chief opponent, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Hear a complete wrap up of the debate on the Newspod.
City Council to Vote on Smoking Ban in Parks
The Austin City Council is taking up a couple of items on smoking in city parks at its meeting Thursday. One proposal would create a fine for people who smoke, grill or have any open flames while a temporary burn ban is in place at city parks. Right now a burn ban is in place, but it is essentially unenforceable, because the city can’t issue tickets to violators. The council will also vote Thursday on whether to implement a permanent smoking ban at city parks.
The city council will also vote on whether to allow residents to use a smart phone application to report people who illegally park in disabled parking spots. You can take a look at the city’s agenda here.
LCRA Voting on Key Water Policy Changes
The Lower Colorado River Authority’s trying to rework how it manages water in the face of the persistent drought. The LCRA Board is meeting Wednesday to vote on key changes to its water management plan. Changes include raising the minimum amount of water that should be stored in reserves and placing an annual limit on water for farmers. If these changes are approved, the board would still vote on the plan one more time before submitting it to the state, which has the final word.