KUT Morning Newspod November 15, 2011
Texas Wildfire Season Turns A Year Old
Today marks one year since the first of the many wildfires broke out across Texas. The Texas Forest Service says fires have burned nearly 4 million acres statewide since November 2010. That includes the 34,000 acre Bastrop County Complex fire that started Labor Day weekend. Despite the rain overnight, fire bosses are bracing for another active fire season this winter.
Eliminating Federal Agencies an Uphill Battle
One thing lost in much of the clamor around Governor Rick Perry’s debate stumble last week is that he’s calling for the elimination of three federal agencies. On today’s Newspod, KUT’s Ben Philpott reports on similar attempts to shut down federal agencies in the past and the likelihood of making any changes under a Perry presidency.
Austinites Observing Homelessness Awareness Week
This week, the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition and the Basic Needs Coalition are joining forces to host Austin’s observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Jessica Mahoney reports on how the organizers of the 10-day event hope to dispel some myths surrounding homelessness.