Ferguson Decision
4:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

PHOTOS: UT Students March and Rally After Ferguson Decision

Students at The University of Texas at Austin participate in a march and rally following the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
Jenna VonHofe/KUT

The day after it was announced a grand jury had chosen not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August, University of Texas at Austin students held a march and a rally to protest the decision.

More protests are planned for tonight in Austin and other cities around the country.

The Write Up
1:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Why Carrie Fountain Always Remains a Beginner

Credit Matt Valentine

Talking with Carrie Fountain is like grabbing a coffee with a dear friend you who leaves you feeling thrilled and more awake to the world around you.

The conversation with the award-winning poet in this episode of The Write Up spins to wonderfully surprising places, exploring parenting, mysticism, craft and her extraordinary new poetry collection Instant Winner.

But, whether it’s writing her next poem or facing a new parenting challenge, Fountain says she consistently strives to “always remain a beginner.”

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Austin
12:17 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Audit Finds Trouble at City Cemeteries

An audit found the Parks and Recreation Department had a lack of general oversight over city cemeteries, in some cases selling plots to multiple buyers.
Austin Monitor

From the Austin Monitor:

A report by the city auditor’s staff found that the Parks and Recreation Department’s Cemetery Operations Group has demonstrated a “general lack of oversight” in managing certain aspects of the city’s municipal cemeteries.

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2014 Mayoral Runoff
10:54 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Civic Summit: The 2014 Austin Mayoral Debate

Austin mayoral candidates Mike Martinez (left) and Steve Adler.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

On December 7 at noon, KUT, KLRU and the Austin Monitor will host a debate between Mike Martinez and Steve Adler. One of them will be Austin’s next mayor and will lead 10 city council members through the first years of a new form of city government.

You're invited to join us in KLRU's Studio 6A for the live televised debate moderated by Jennifer Stayton, host of Morning Edition on KUT, and Michael Kanin, Publisher of the Austin Monitor. 

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Energy & Environment
10:11 am
Tue November 25, 2014

How Underground Sensors in Texas Will Help NASA Predict Drought and Floods

Soil moisture meters across the state could one day help predict weather patterns across the state.
Photo courtesy of Richard Casteel

From StateImpact Texas:

Stanley Rabke’s family has lived and worked on their Hill Country ranch since 1889. Generations of Rabkes have struggled with the extremes of Texas weather, but one storm sticks out in Stanley’s memory: it came after the drought of the 1950s.

“It rained and rained and rained,” he says. “Back then we raised turkeys, we lost thousands of turkeys that washed away in the creek.”

The disaster underscores an irony of life in Texas. “You hope and pray that you’re going to get a good rain, [but] on the other side of it, you hope you don’t get a flood,” says Rabke.

A quick walk from where the turkeys met their fate, some new technology that will help manage that risk is being installed — soil monitoring sensors in the ground.

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Texas
9:02 am
Tue November 25, 2014

More DNA Testing Possible in Rodney Reed Case as January Execution Date Approaches

Reed's family says DNA tests would exonerate him of the 1996 murder of Stacy Stites.
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A Texas court will hear testimony today about whether or not to allow DNA testing of additional evidence in the murder case of Rodney Reed. He was convicted in 1998 of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites near Bastrop, Texas. Reed says he is innocent.

Some of Stites' family members are convinced law enforcement got the wrong man, and that law enforcement should look within their own ranks to find Stites' real killer.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Google Looked at Thanksgiving Traffic and You'd Better Leave Town Now

Credit Google Maps

Millions of Texans are taking to the road and skies this year for Thanksgiving travel, and for the first time, Austinites will have some new data to help them decide when to head out on the highway. They'll need it, because Austin has the second biggest increase in traffic during Thanksgiving week in the entire country, according to Google.

After crunching the numbers from their mapping data from the last few years, Google Maps has some advice for you: Leave. Now. Before it's too late. 

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The Two-Way
4:07 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Crowds Confront Police, Businesses Burn In Ferguson Chaos

Police gather on the street as protesters react after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:07 am

In the moments before midnight in Ferguson, so many businesses were ablaze at once, and so many demonstrations had broken out in St. Louis County neighborhoods, that a local officer put it this way: "We've lost control of the area a little bit; we recommend just getting out of the area completely."

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In Black America Podcast
9:47 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Keymel Technologies, LLC

Kenner Rogers, Founder and President of Keymel Technologies, LLC

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Kenner Rogers, Founder and President of Keymel Technologies, LLC.

Rogers, a New Orleans native grew up with a passion for gardening, which later evolved into his love for Science, Metrology and Environmental studies. He often reflects on a commercial that depicted a Native American Indian dishearten by once a pristine landscape that became desolate and defiled due to pollution.

That commercial left a profound impact on him, which resulted in the development of a philosophy that, “respect what Mother Nature has provided, and preserve what God has given for future generations,” he says. This philosophy along with the “going green” movement ignited him to seek business opportunities in the field.

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Ferguson
8:32 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Ferguson Jury: No Charges For Officer In Michael Brown's Death

Lesley McSpadden (wearing sunglasses), the mother of Michael Brown, reacts as she listens to the announcement of the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday. The panel found there was no probable cause to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Brown.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:10 am

This post was last updated at 12:03 a.m. ET.

A grand jury did not indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for any crimes related to the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

Wilson, who is white, shot and killed Brown, who was unarmed and black, in an Aug. 9 incident that has stoked anger and debate in Ferguson and beyond.

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Austin
5:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Players Closes Its Doors

In its final day of operation, the line in front of Players stretched out the door and through the parking lot.
Photo by Mose Buchele

A longtime fixture of the UT campus area closes its doors today. Players restaurant has served generations of UT students, state employees and others from its location at MLK and Guadalupe. 

Today, the lunch rush felt almost like the receiving line at a funeral, as the string of people that stretched out the door and into the parking lot traded memories and said their goodbyes.

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Austin
4:57 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Google Fiber Unveils Prices for Austin

Google Fiber is set to launch sometime in December in South and Southeast Austin.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT

Google Fiber announced plans and pricing for high speed 1-gigabit Internet service in Austin today.

Mark Strama, Austin’s Google Fiber head of operations, also introduced a scaled-down version of Internet service with no monthly fee as an "extraordinary value to folks who might not be connected to the internet today."

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Life & Arts
4:46 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Archives of Literary Giant García Márquez to Live On in Austin

Documents belonging to Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez have been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center on the UT-Austin campus.
Harry Ransom Center

Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez died earlier this year, but documents belonging to the literary giant will soon live on at the Harry Ransom Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

The materials include literary works with hand written corrections, a number of his computers, more than 2,000 pieces of correspondence and even the manuscript of his final unpublished novel.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:26 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Texas Same-Sex Couples File Motion Asking Judge to Allow Gay Marriage

Two same-sex couples in Texas filed a motion on Nov. 24, 2014 asking a federal court to lift a stay on its ruling against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
flickr.com/madhausfrau

Two same-sex couples here in Texas are asking a federal court to lift a stay on its ruling against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage

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Affordable Care Act
11:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Why Obamacare Falls Short for Some Living With HIV, AIDS in Central Texas

L-R: Layne Box, Brad Franklin and Canaan Hoffmann participated in the AIDS Walk Austin on Oct. 19, 2014.
Veronica Zaragovia/KUT

Part of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is a provision that protects people with pre-existing conditions from being denied insurance coverage, including people who are HIV positive.

Still, the Affordable Care Act hasn’t solved everything for HIV patients.

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Border & Immigration
9:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Outreach Begins For Immigrants Who May Be Wary to Come 'Out of the Shadows'

A student on the UT-Austin campus protests the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
Photo by Jorge Corona

The specifics of how undocumented people will register under the immigration overhaul announced by President Obama last week that would bring nearly 5 million immigrants "out of the shadows" are still unclear.  But some groups in Austin are already reaching out to people who may benefit.  

Bill Beardall is with the Equal Justice Center, one of the groups organizing a series of educational forums for immigrants that start this week.   He says after this kind of policy change, immigrants are often initially reluctant to register.

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Politics
8:34 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Will Step Down, Once Successor Is Confirmed

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:34 pm

(This post was last updated at 11:41 a.m. ET.)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the highest-profile Republican on President Obama's Cabinet, will step down, once his successor is confirmed by the Senate.

Calling Hagel an "exemplary defense secretary," Obama made the announcement in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday.

Hagel, a two-term Republican senator, came to the post in February of 2013, the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense.

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All Tech Considered
4:21 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Action On Immigration Meets Silence, Skepticism In Silicon Valley

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:02 pm

Tech companies lobbies all the time — for tax reform, patent reform. But usually, it's in the form of big checks and quiet back room meetings.

Immigration was different — the issue where business leaders decided to ally with Latino community groups and labor unions. And now that President Obama has issued an executive action, the tech sector is sorting out its next steps.

Love Song Goes Quiet

For a while, it seemed, Silicon Valley and Washington DC were singing each other a love song.

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Weather
10:02 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Saturday Night: Flood Warning Extended; City Monitoring Onion Creek Levels

Update (10:15 p.m.): The National Weather service has now placed Travis and Williamson counties under a flash flood warning until midnight tonight. A flash flood warning means flash flooding is occurring or imminent in the warning area.

Earlier: The National Weather Service has extended a flash flood warning for Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties until 10:15 p.m. Heavy rain has continued this evening. Parts of the Austin area have already received between two and five inches of rain today. The City of Austin is also keeping an eye on Onion Creek's water levels. It was the scene of devastating floods a little over one year ago.

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Weather
1:08 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Saturday Afternoon: Flash Flood Warning in Effect for Parts of Central Texas

National Weather Service enhanced radar image for Austin/San Antonio at 8:19 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2014.

Update (7:36 p.m.): The flash flood warning has been extended until 10:15 p.m. by the National Weather Service because of thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall.

Areas under the advisory include Wimberley, San Marcos, Dripping Springs, Austin, Pflugerville, Taylor, Round Rock, Granger, Georgetown and Cedar Park.

Update (5:05 p.m.): The National Weather Service has extended the flood advisory for eastern Travis County and eastern Williamson County until 7:00 p.m.

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