KUT Morning Newspod December 7, 2011
Deal Reached for Austin F1 Race
Austin’s Formula One auto race is on. Local organizers told KUT News that an agreement has been reached over a contract with Formula One management. Also Wednesday in New Dehli, India the World Motor Sport Council approved the 2012 F1 calendar. It includes Austin’s U.S. Grand Prix next November. F1 Boss Bernie Ecclestone had set Wednesday as the final deadline to reach a deal for Austin’s race.
Ethics Watchdogs Focusing on Perry Campaign
Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign has come under some scrutiny for how it’s paid for some campaign travel and for the governor’s security. Then there are questions about whether Perry was making presidential campaign phone calls from the Governor’s office before he declared his candidacy. For KUT News and the Texas Tribune, Ben Philpott has more on today’s Newspod.
TPWD Asking for Public’s Help
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says it’s in a critical situation and is asking for the public’s help to keep state parks open. The Department is trying to raise $4.6 million. Parks have been seeing fewer visitors because of the drought, the record hot summer and wildfires.
About half of the state parks operating budget comes from fees paid by park visitors. Texas Parks and Wildlife is asking for tax-deductible donations and for families to visit state parks this holiday season. Also, starting next month there will be a new $5 check-off box on applications to renew vehicle registrations.