KUT Morning Newspod December 9, 2011
City Misses Deadline for Stimulus Money
The City of Austin lost out on federal stimulus money to help low-income families make their homes more energy efficient. $600,000 in federal weatherization funds were on the table. But city officials missed a deadline to get $400,000 of that money because of a lack of communication among departments. The council did approve the remaining $200,000 Thursday.
Tiny Algae Could be Big Power Source
Algae, that green slimy stuff that ruins swimming trips and clogs drains, is for most people a disgusting nuisance. But not to a group of researchers at UT Austin. For the StateImpact Texas project, KUT’s Mose Buchele takes you into the lab to learn why scientists believe the cars of the future could run on Algae.
UT Law Dean Resigns
The dean of the University of Texas at Austin law school has resigned. Dean Larry Sager told KUT’s reporting partner the Texas Tribune he resigned Thursday at the request of UT President Bill Powers. Powers told the Tribune there’s been growing concern about Sager’s management of the law school. Some professors are concerned about the way Sager has been handling faculty compensation. He had announced in August his intention to step down at the end of this academic year.