CIA
10:33 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Counterterrorism Adviser Brennan To Be Tapped for CIA

John Brennan, who President Obama wants to lead the CIA.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 8:46 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Bowman on the Hagel nomination

President Obama will announce today that he plans to nominate John Brennan to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, an administration official with knowledge of the decision tells NPR's Tom Bowman.

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The Lead
9:02 am
Mon January 7, 2013

The Lead: Armstrong's Next Move, UT Track Coach Admits to Affair

Lance Armstrong may admit to doping, according to the New York Times.
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Good morning. This Monday should be relatively mild, with a high near 60. But beginning Tuesday, a strong storm system is expected to blow into the Austin area. The National Weather Service says rainfall totals of three to four inches are in the forecast, with up to six inches in isolated spots. 

Let us know what sort of rains you experience: email news@kut.org or tweet pics and messages to KUTnews.

Armstong’s end game: We noted late Friday evening a report from The New York Times that Lance Armstrong, the seven time Tour de France winner who saw his wins erased in a massive doping scandal, was considering admitting to use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Health
7:13 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Why Exercise May Do A Teenage Mind Good

Members of the boys basketball team from Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, celebrate their 2012 state championship victory. Psychological research shows that sports camaraderie improves teenagers' mental health.
Charles Pulliam AP

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 7:02 am

It's well known that routine physical activity benefits both body and mind. And there are no age limits. Both children and adults can reap big benefits.

Now a study published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, explores whether certain factors may help to explain the value of daily physical activity for adolescents' mental health.

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Politics
11:25 am
Sat January 5, 2013

As The Capitol Turns: Little Has Changed In Congress' New Season

House Speaker John Boehner swears in the newly elected members of the 113th Congress on Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 8:59 am

This week saw both a frantic finale to the much-unloved 112th Congress and, hours later, the swearing in of the new 113th. The cast of lawmakers and their leaders is mostly unchanged. The same can be said for Capitol Hill's never-ending drama over taxes, deficits and spending.

What was arguably this week's most sensational congressional moment did not even take place in Washington. On Wednesday in Trenton, N.J., Republican Gov. Chris Christie blasted the GOP-led House for closing down the last Congress without even considering a Superstorm Sandy disaster relief bill.

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9:02 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

NY Times: Lance Armstrong Considers Doping Admission

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The New York Times is reporting that Lance Armstrong is considering a public admission of doping, in hopes of restarting his career as a competitive athlete.
For more than a decade, Armstrong has vehemently denied ever doping, even after antidoping officials laid out their case against him in October in hundreds of pages of eyewitness testimony from teammates, e-mail correspondence, financial records and laboratory analyses. When asked if Armstrong might admit to doping, Tim Herman, Armstrong's longtime lawyer, said: "I do not know about that.
University of Texas
5:44 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Two UT Professors Win National Medals of Science

Allen Bard is a professor at the University of Texas.
University of Texas

Two professors at the University of Texas have won the National Medal of Science, the highest award given to scientists, engineers and inventors by the U.S. government. They are only the fourth and fifth UT faculty members to win the prize since 1962.

Doctor Allen Bard, a professor in the Chemistry Department at UT, received the award for his outstanding achievement in electrochemistry. He developed an electrochemical microscope that analyzes the chemical makeup of very small surfaces.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

StateWatch Texas: 2013 Legislature Preview

StateWatch Texas: your inside guide on everything under the dome - and how it hits home.
KUT News

The 83rd Texas Legislative Session begins Tuesday. Let’s go over a short list of the expected session priorities.

It's Always the Budget

The recession and Republican opposition to raising taxes ended with about $15 billion cut from the last budget.

Now state revenues are up, but Governor Rick Perry and other leading Republicans are calling for a constitutional amendment to restrict how quickly the budget can grow.

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Health
5:01 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

New Facility for Alzheimer's Patients Not Nearly Enough

A new facility for older Austinites is scheduled to open soon in south Austin. It will serve those with memory impairments like Alzheimer’s or dementia. The “Silverado Senior Living” plans to house 90 people.  Right now, the only facilities like it are in Round Rock.  But, the needs of Austin’s elderly population continue to grow at a fast pace.

Silverado Senior Living is a private facility. Loren Shook is the company’s CEO.  He says “there are thousands of people within the city of Austin that are suffering from this disease [Alzheimer’s] and we are very confident there is sufficient resources in the market for people to afford our services ”

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Wimberley
3:46 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Lockdown Ends at Wimberley High School (Updated)


The approximate location of the situation in Wimberley. View Larger Map.

The high school in Wimberley was temporarily put on lockdown around noon today because a shooting near the school.

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Economy
3:30 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

As 2013 Begins, A 'Pretty Positive' Job Outlook

The health care sector added 45,000 jobs in December and is expected to see continued growth this year, economists say.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 1:40 pm

If you're searching for work in this new year, the Labor Department's final jobs report for 2012 suggests: The trend is your friend in 2013.

The jobs outlook is actually "pretty positive," said John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an employment consulting firm.

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Politics
1:04 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

It's Official: Electoral Votes Are Counted; Obama & Biden Won

An image of New York's Electoral College certificate.
Electoral College

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:35 pm

Update at 1:30 p.m. ET: The counting is done and as expected, President Obama and Vice President Biden collected all 332 Electoral College votes they earned on Election Day. Their Republican opponents, Mitt Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, received 206 votes each.

Since it takes 270 Electoral College votes to be elected, the president and vice president have indeed been returned to office.

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Sports
12:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

It's Aggies vs. Sooners in the Cotton Bowl Tonight

The Cotton Bowl Classic is taking place in Cowboys Stadium tonight.
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Two of UT’s biggest rivals - past and present - go head-to-head tonight.

The ninth-ranked Aggies face off against the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl Classic this evening. It’s a battle for conference pride. Oklahoma will try to score a victory for the Big 12 over the SEC.

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Texas
12:11 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Clearing Texas Rape Kit Backlog Brings Hefty Price Tag

Pictured is a sexual assault evidence collection kit used by law enforcement throughout Texas.
Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

There are some 20,000 untested rape kits sitting on evidence shelves in police departments across Texas, the state Department of Public Safety estimates.

Each box with samples of hair, skin and clothing represents one of the worst moments of the victim’s life, a crime that was followed by hours in a doctor’s office submitting the most personal evidence.

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Politics
11:06 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Sen. John Cornyn: 'It May be Necessary to Partially Shut Down the Government'

Sen. John Cornyn, speaking at a Texas Tribune conference in 2011.
Texas Tribune

While Congress recently voted to prevent the U.S. economy from teetering off the so-called "fiscal cliff," another budget showdown looms.

Despite taking action to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for household incomes under $450,000, congressional action on other aspects of the self-imposed “fiscal cliff” were kicked down the road, leaving D.C. a scant few months to reach agreement on how to avoid large across-the-board cuts.

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Superstorm Sandy
10:33 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Update: Senate Joins House In Passing Sandy Aid Bill

Superstorm Sandy swept through the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in late October. In late November, this sign symbolized the hope of homeowners that help would be coming soon.
Eric Thayer Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 1:27 pm

Update at 2:17 p.m. ET. Passage In The Senate:

The Senate just passed, by unanimous agreement, a bill that injects more than $9 billion into the insurance program that will assist those hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last October.

President Obama had urged passage and is expected to quickly sign the bill.

Our original post:

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