KUT Morning Newspod November 18, 2011
Feds Requesting More Info From Texas on Voter ID
The U.S. Department of Justice is requesting more information from Texas officials before issuing a ruling on the state’s new Voter ID law. The Texas Legislature passed the law earlier this year. It requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls. Democrats, minority groups and voting rights advocacy groups fought the bill, arguing it would disenfranchise Hispanic voters. In a letter to Texas election officials, the Justice Department says it doesn’t yet have enough information to determine if the law will negatively affect minorities.
City of Austin Considering New Council Districts
Austin voters will go to the polls next year to decide whether to change the way they elect city council members. The city’s Charter Revision Committee was assembled to make recommendations on a new system to replace the current one. Right now all city council members are elected city-wide. The committee held its latest meeting Thursday night. KUT’s Matt Largey reports on where plans stand for single-member districts in Austin.
Reporting Child Abuse Mandatory in Texas
As we learn more about the alleged abuse at Penn State – many wonder how such activities could have gone on so long without being reported. According to Pennsylvania state law – the coach who did report seeing what he thought was sexual abuse to his supervisor was not obligated to tell the police. On today’s Newspod, KUT’s Ben Philpott reports what would happen in Texas.