KUT Morning Newspod December 21, 2011
Governor Perry Gets Help From Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
With two weeks to the first vote of the 2012 presidential race, Texas Governor Rick Perry revved up his bus tour of Iowa Tuesday bringing a long-time supporter along for the ride. From Iowa, KUT’s Ben Philpott reports.
Occupy Austin Protesters Sue the City of Austin
In Austin today, a federal lawsuit against the City of Austin involving Occupy Austin protesters goes to trail this morning. Two men who were arrested with dozens of Occupiers on October 30th were issued criminal trespassing notices. These notices can keep people away from City Hall for up to a year. The City of Austin has created a process in which protesters can appeal their notices and return to City Hall. But Austin Attorney and civil rights activist Jim Harrington says the rule and practice of the city to summarily ban protesters from the free speech plaza violates the First Amendment. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel will decide the case that’s expected to last two days.
Bird Counters Explore Impacts of Wildfires
Bird Watchers across the country are participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count this month. But in Central Texas the tradition has a special importance this year. For StateImpact, Texas, KUT’s Mose Buchele reports that the Wildfires in Bastrop County, and across Texas have conservationists paying close attention to local bird populations.