KUT Morning Newspod November 4, 2011
AMD Cutting Global Workforce by About 10 Percent
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is cutting 1,400 jobs worldwide, including 320 in Austin. An AMD press release says the company expects to save more than $200 million next year in operational costs and that it’s restructuring to meet new market demands.
Can Gov. Rick Perry Make a Comeback?
The Rick Perry presidential campaign has reshuffled its staffing–including some top advisors–over the last couple of weeks. The goal: To stop the bleeding and revive a candidate who has stumbled from front-runner to fourth place in many political polls. For KUT News and the Texas Tribune, Ben Philpott reports on the mistakes made – and the steps the campaign hopes will turn things around.
Hurdles to Get Protective Orders
People in Georgetown were shocked this week by the killing of 38 year-old Terry Pittman. The mother of four was shot to death by an ex-boyfriend on Monday. Her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Blackmon, was killed by police.
Williamson County authorities say Pittman had asked about getting a protective order against her ex-boyfriend earlier this year. But she never actually applied for one. The ex-boyfriend, Blackmon, had also sought a protective order. On today’s Newspod, KUT’s Matt Largey reports on the role protective orders can play in domestic violence situations.
Last Day to Vote Early
Today is the last day to vote early in Tuesday’s elections. Texans are voting on ten state constitutional amendments. Travis County is also holding two bond elections for transportation and parks projects. The County has made some changes for election day with new “vote centers.” Voters from all precincts will be able to vote at any polling place, not just their assigned precinct.