KUT Morning Newspod November 9, 2011
Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System Wednesday
This afternoon at 1:00, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will conduct the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test. You’re more than likely familiar EAS’s foreunner, the Emergency Broadcast System. The tests that used to break into TV and radio programming with the phrase, “This is a test.” Wednesday’s test will be a nationwide check of the entire Emergency Alert System.
2011 Elections Wrap
Texans approved seven state constitutional amendments in Tuesday’s election. One allows the state to issue bonds to fund low-interest student loans, another gives the governor more power to issue pardons. Three state propositions were rejected, including one that would have given tax breaks to landowners for water conservation.
Travis County voters approved two bond propositions Tuesday. Proposition 1 directs almost $133 million to road, bridge and pedestrian projects. Voters also approved $82 million for park improvements and open space conservation.
In New Braunfels, voters approved a ban of disposable containers, such as beer cans, on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers.
Check out a full list of election results here.
How Texas’ Regulatory Environment Allows Industries to Keep Polluting
This week, KUT News is teaming with NPR on a project highlighting industrial air pollution. NPR reporters, working with the Center for Public Integrity, reviewed never-before published lists compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to track polluters. Roughly one in 10 factories on the most recent list is in Texas. Some of those facilities have been on the watch list for years. For the KUT/KUHF StateImpact Texas project, Mose Buchele has more on the podcast.