Veteran's Day
10:50 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Veteran Seeks to Help Others at Austin Parade

Thousands of people attended Austin's Veteran's Day parade downtown Thursday.
Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

Thousands of people marked Veteran’s Day with a parade this morning in downtown Austin.  Gabriel Galindo served two tours in Iraq.  He now supports other veterans through the Texas Veterans Commission.   Galindo says when veterans leave the service, they often don’t want to talk to someone who hasn’t been through what they’ve been through.

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Austin
5:30 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 11, 2010

Central Texans will honor those who have served our country in a downtown Austin parade Thursday.
Simrat Sharma/KUT News

Veteran's Day Closures


City of Austin offices are closed today for Veteran's Day. But garbage, recycling and yard trimmings collection will be picked up as usual.  All recreation centers, cultural centers, and senior centers are closed. 


Veteran's Day Parade

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Austin
8:25 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Meals on Wheels Delivers to Veterans

On Thursday, we'll take a minute to pause in appreciation for the men and women who put their lives on the line for the United States without asking any questions. 

Veterans are never immune to aging or poverty, and as we see in this video produced by KUT News intern Sobia Lodhi, local agencies like Meals on Wheels are there to lend a helping hand when others are not.

politics
5:56 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Speaker Straus Rebuttal

Texas house Speaker Joe Straus has responded to Rep. Bryan Hughes's accusation that someone on his leadership team threatened to change the districts of lawmakers that don't back Straus. His statement in full is below. "These allegations are outrageous and I have a call into Rep. Hughes to insist that he name the individual with whom he had this alleged conversation.  I did not and would never authorize, allow, or condone linking redistricting in any way with the Speaker’s race, and anyone who knows me knows better than to give that assertion any credence.    When Rep.

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Austin
5:01 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

LifeWorks Breaks Ground On East Austin Location

Artist's rendering of LifeWorks East Austin Youth and Family Resource Center.
Image courtesy LifeWorks

The Austin non-profit LifeWorks broke ground today on a new East Austin family resource center. The social services organization says it will increase its ability to serve young people and families in crisis by 25 percent.

LifeWorks already helps about 10,000 families a year through housing programs, counseling and education. They have surpassed their capacity to serve more people, so this will allow them to expand in a community with increasing need.

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Music and Arts
4:26 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Texas Monthly To Celebrate Gary Cartwright

Texas Monthly and the Witliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos will celebrate the career of Gary Cartwright on Thursday. The longtime contributor retired from the magazine over the summer.

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politics
12:02 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Straus and Strain in the GOP

A battle is brewing in these Capitol hallways over who the House Speaker will be
Photo by KUT

UPDATE:

Today Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) withdrew his pledge for Straus. In a statement he said he made his decission after receiving a phone call from an unnamed lawmaker he says is on Straus's leadership team.

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Transportation
11:48 am
Wed November 10, 2010

Cap Metro Board to Vote Today on Fare Hikes

Students disembark from a University of Texas shuttle operated by Cap Metro
Image courtesy Cap Metro

Many observers would be surprised if Austin's public transit agency did not adopt the third fare hike in three years today. Capital Metro has already calculated the fare increase into its FY2011 budget.

"The approved budget also increases our long-term sustainability by lowering costs [and] boosting revenue through a fare increase," Cap Metro president and CEO Linda Watson wrote in the budget document.

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News Brief
6:02 am
Wed November 10, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 10, 2010

The Capital Metro Board will vote on new fares for 2011 Wednesday.
Photo by KUT News

Quintana Arrested For Domestic Dispute

Former Austin police officer Leonardo Quintana was arrested by Leander police yesterday.  He was charged with four misdemeanors connected to a reported domestic violence incident last year.  Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo fired Quintana (for the second time) over the incident late last month.  The first firing was for a DWI arrest.  An arbitrator ruled that punishment was too severe.  Quintana is the APD officer who fatally shot Nathaniel Sanders in northeast Austin last year.

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development
5:39 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Austonian Becomes First Downtown Condo To Earn Four-Star Energy Rating

A view of Austin from the Austonian.
Photo courtesy Visualist Images http://www.flickr.com/photos/visualistimages/

People who live at the Austonian can now enjoy an exclusive distinction beyond the downtown condo's luxurious modeling. The Austonian has been granted a four-star energy ranking under Austin Energy's Green Building program. It's the first downtown condo to earn the recognition.

A statement issued today by the developer, Benchmark Development, lists the reasons why. Here are some highlights:

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economy
4:57 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Austin's Economy Gets Newsweek Props But Does Trouble Loom?

Newsweek says Austin's economy is poised for recovery, but the analysis ignores the possibility of massive public sector job cuts.

Newsweek is the latest national publication to give Austin's economy high praise for being pretty awesome compared to everywhere else.

In its list of the 10 American cities best situated for the recovery, Newsweek repeats the familiar refrain of reasons why Austin's economy rules.

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austin
3:39 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Cops Looking For People Who Vandalized Austin Cemetery

Vandals knocked over 25 gravestones last night at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery last night, according to city officials.
Photo courtesy City of Austin

Someone walked through Austin Memorial Park Cemetery last night kicking over gravestones and smashing amenities like a park bench, according to Austin police and Austin Parks and Recreation.

Preliminary estimates peg the damage at $20,000, according to Parks and Rec spokesman Victor O'Valle. He said about 25 gravestones were damaged.

"I think the emotional damage is probably the greatest damage that those vandals are causing," O'Valle told KUT News. "A lot of people spend their hard earned money to provide memorials for their loved ones."

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politics
2:59 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Perry Orders Special Election in Kuempel's District For Dec. 14

Texas House District 44 will hold a special election on Dec. 12 after Representative Edmund Kuempel passed away last week.
Image of HD 44 courtesy Texas Legislative Council

Texas Governor Rick Perry has ordered a special election for December 14 in House District 44.  State Representative Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) died of a heart attack Thursday after being reelected there on November 2.

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immigration
2:11 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Immigrant Students Reveal Undocumented Status To Support DREAM Act

Several students at the University of Texas at Austin revealed they were undocumented immigrants today to make a point about supporting a bill that could grant them a path to citizenship.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Undocumented immigrant students attending the University of Texas at Austin took the risky step of coming out before news cameras today to announce their status and call for swift passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act).

The DREAM Act would provide a six-year conditional path to citizenship for young people who qualify. They would need to complete a college degree or perform two years of military service.

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politics
1:03 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Analysis of Gov. Perry's Appearance on The Daily Show

Governor Perry sent out this tweet last night after his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

George W. Bush isn't the only high profile Texas Republican on a book tour. Texas Governor Rick Perry, fresh off his reelection victory last week, is touring the East Coast in support of his new critique of the federal government, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington.

Last night he appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Here's the segment.

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music and arts
11:18 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Ransom Center Acquires Spalding Gray's Archives

Cover of Spalding Gray's performance notebook for 'Swimming to Cambodia.'
Image courtesy Harry Ransom Center

Writer and performance artist Spalding Gray's archives will be available to researchers at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center, the museum announced yesterday.  Gray died of an apparent suicide in 2004. He was 62.

The Ransom Center says the collection includes more than 90 handwritten performance notebooks and 100 private journals.

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politics
8:52 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Final Exam: Grading the Bush Years

Fmr. President George W. Bush's new memoir Decision Points goes on sale today. Take a listen to our award-winning documentary for a different take on his legacy.
Official photograph portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Former President George W. Bush's presidential memoir goes on sale today. The Dallas Morning News reports that hundreds are lined up this morning at a Border's store about a mile from Bush's home in Dallas.

More than 500 people, some of whom camped out overnight, had shown up this morning at the Borders at Preston Road and Royal Lane for a chance to meet the former commander in chief and buy his new memoir, Decision Points.

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News Brief
5:07 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 9, 2010

The next Texas legislative session starts in January. Some bills already filed are to crack down on illegal immigration.
Ben Philpott/KUT

President Bush Kicks Off Book Tour

Former President George W. Bush will be at a Borders bookstore near his Dallas home today to sign copies of his newly released book "Decision Points".  In the book, President Bush writes about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Hurricane Katrina.  

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politics
8:23 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Howard Beats Neil by 16 Votes

Democratic incumbent Donna Howard has defeated her Republican challenger Dan Neil in House District 48.

Travis County Elections released final results tonight including provisional ballots (such as those cast by service members overseas):

Howard (DEM) 25,026 48.54%

Neil (REP) 25,010 48.51%

Ben Easton (LIB) 1,1518 2.94%

Travis County says results will be presented to the County Commissioners Court for final canvass on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

music and arts
4:47 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Report: SXSW 2010 Pumped $113 Million into Austin Economy

A Japanese band called Geeks puts up a poster during SXSW 2010. A study today says the festival generated $113 million in spending for the Austin economy.
Photo courtesy JTImages http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmtimages/

South by Southwest's 2010 conference injected $113 million dollars into the city's economy, mainly from people who traveled to Austin to attend. That's according to a new economic report from GreyHill Advisors, whom SXSW commissioned to conduct the study.

You can read a five page executive summary of the report on GreyHill's website. Here are some highlights:

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