KUT Morning Newspod February 17, 2012
Campaign Confusion over Primary Date
Texas state Senate maps were finalized this week after a protracted court battle on the state’s redistricting process. But House and Congressional district maps are still up in the air. KUT’s Andy Uhler reports on how district line confusion is affecting planning for campaigns.
UT Study Finds Fracking Doesn’t Directly Contaminate Groundwater
A new study by the University of Texas at Austin released this week reports there’s no direct link between groundwater contamination and hydraulic fracturing – a controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil from shale formations.
The research was done by UT’s Energy Institute. The report’s authors say contamination is often the result of above ground spills or mishandling of waste water, but not caused directly by fracking.
Strong Demand for Tech Workers in Austin
A boom in software development means jobs for Austin technology workers. Computer programmers who can build video games or mobile phone apps are especially sought after. Mark Dewey reports on how a tech job crunch means full employment and higher salaries for techies.