NASA
2:46 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Shuttle Launch Delayed Again

The launch was delayed due to a hydrogen leak.
Photo Courtesy of NASA

NASA has once again delayed the shuttle launch until the end of the month for repairs related to a hydrogen gas leak. As PC Magazine reports:

The hydrogen leak was discovered early this morning as the crew was fueling Discovery for a planned Friday launch. It occurred at the Ground Umbilical Center Plate (GUCP) that attaches to the external tank; the GUCP carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from the shuttle to a flare stack, where it burns off, according to NASA.

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Rick Perry
12:26 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Media from Perry's FED UP! Tour

Perry has gone to FoxNews, Glenn Beck, the Today Show, NPR, and will appear on "The Daily Show" on Monday.
Photo by KUT News

As recently re-elected Governor Perry continues his promotional tour for his new book FED UP! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, we here at KUT thought it’d be a good idea to see how the third-termer was faring out there in the non-Texas states.

First, a NPR interview with the man himself:

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Politics
11:50 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Libertarians Secure Place on Ballot

The Libertarians are guaranteed automatic ballot access in 2012 Elections as well as the 2014 gubernatorial election
Photo Courtesy of The Libertarian Party of Texas

By garnering in excess of five percent of votes in several statewide races, The Libertarian Party of Texas has guaranteed its candidates automatic spots on state election ballots throughout 2014. As Independent Political Report reports:

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Culture
10:31 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Rollergirls Make Move to Austin Convention Center

The move is intended to triple capacity, as well make the bouts closer to downtown
Photo Courtesy of Jason Bechtel

The Texas Rollergirls, self-proclaimed “godmothers of modern flat track roller derby,” are leaving the Playland Skate Center and headed to the Austin Convention Center for the 2011 season. The group is hoping to roughly triple capacity, increase visibility for the organization, and enhance the fan-going experience with the move.

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News Brief
6:06 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 4, 2010

Soldiers at a memorial in 2009 following the November 5th mass shooting at Fort Hood. Ceremonies will be held on post Friday to mark the one year anniversary of the shootings.
Photo by KUT News

Fort Hood Marks Anniversary of Shootings

Fort Hood is holding ceremonies today to mark the one-year anniversary of the shootings on post last year.  A private award ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. to recognize soldiers and civilians who Army commanders say went above and beyond the call of duty that day. 

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Texas Legislature
5:04 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Rep. Edmund Kuempel Dies At 67

Rep. Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) died Thursday morning from a heart attack. He has served the Texas Legislature since 1983.
Photo courtesy of the Texas House of Representatives.

Rep. Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) died Thursday morning at the University Medical Center Brackenridge after suffering a heart attack. He was at a convenient store on Riverside Drive when he complained of chest pain and his implanted defibrillator started firing. When EMS arrived, Kuempel was awake and alert, but lost consciousness on the transport to the hospital. He never regained consciousness.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

The End is the Beginning

House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) takes a record-setting majority into the 2011 Legislature
Photo by Chris Kosho for KUT News

Texas Republicans established a post-Reconstruction record Tuesday night, claiming 99 of the 150 seats in the state House.

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parks and recreation
10:35 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Devil's River Land Deal for TPWD Off The Table For Now

TPWD wanted to trade this piece of land for some land it owns plus $7.9 million. But the deal is off the table for now.
Photo courtesy of Laurence Parent.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioners decided yesterday to delay considering the Devil's River land deal at their regularly meeting this week. Instead, TPWD staff has been asked to continue working on the project and to explore other ways the agency can aquire land for a new state park or preserve in the Devil's River area.

Commission chairman Peter Holt of San Antonio released this statement in a TPWD press release:

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News Brief
7:26 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 4, 2010

The Austin City Council Thursday will consider expanding recycling requirements to more apartment complexes and office buildings.
Photo by KUT News.

Texas House District 48 Race Still in Limbo

Democratic Incumbent Donna Howard maintains her position by only 15 votes.  Many wonder when or if her Republican challenger Dan Neil will ask for a recount.  Neil released a comment on his Facebook last night:

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environment
2:58 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Plant Near Kyle Leaks 100,000 Gallons of Wastewater into Creek

Officials are investigating the cause of the 100,000 gallon leakage of wastewater into an unnamed tributary of Plum Creek.
Image courtesy of the City of Klye

Environmental experts are currently monitoring Plum Creek after 100,000 gallons of wastewater leaked from a plant in Kyle, a town 20 minutes south of Austin. Per a City of Kyle press release:

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Food
2:18 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

FDA Confirms Presence of Listeria at Texas Food Plant

The FDA confirmed earlier today confirmed the Texas Department of State Health's findings
Image courty Penn State University

The FDA confirmed earlier today that they have found the presence of the bacteria listeria monocytogenes at the SanGar Produce & Processing Plant in San Antonio.

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Education
12:00 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Following Bond Defeat, Eanes ISD Considers Spring Bond Election

Logo courtesy of the Eanes Independent School District

Last night voters in the Eanes Independent School District said no to three bond proposals totaling about $150 million.  Wednesday morning Eanes ISD Board President Paul Stone told KUT News that another, smaller bond proposal could be in the works for early next year.

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parks and recreation
11:19 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Trail Of Lights May Be Gone But Zilker Tree Will Stay

Austin Energy says it will keep the Zilker Tree this Christmas, even though the Trail of Lights was eliminated to save money.
Image courtesy Jen W. http://www.flickr.com/photos/atxjen/

Austin City Council announced in September it was axing the Trail of Lights because of budget constraints. It saved the city $400,000 that will be spent on park maintenance.

But this morning, Austin Energy announced it was keeping one local holiday tradition. The Zilker Tree will be set up tomorrow.

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Environment
10:34 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Keep Austin Beautiful Awards To Be Given Today

The 25th Annual KAB Awards were given today to eight exceptional entities commited to beautifying the city.
Photo Courtesy of KAB

The 25th annual Keep Austin Beautiful awards will be handed out today at a luncheon at the Sheraton Austin. The awards are intended to “honor the efforts of businesses, individuals, and community groups, both large and small, that serve as inspirations for greater environmental stewardship.” The awards will acknowledge the contributions of eight different people and organizations, as well as a name a “best of the best” for the organization that has contributed most to the beautification of the city.

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2010 midterm elections
12:56 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Perry Wins, Austin-Area Democrats Take Beating

Governor Rick Perry celebrates an election night victory at the GOP watch party in Buda.
Photo by Chris Kosho for KUT News

Republican Governor Rick Perry easily defeated Democratic challenger Bill White last night. With 8,447 of 8,461 precincts reporting, Perry carried 55.03 percent of the vote to White's 42.21 percent.  It puts Perry in the historic position to become the first Texas governor ever to serve three full terms in office.

White did win the Travis County vote. The former-Houston mayor carried 59.8 percent of the vote in Austin, while Perry nabbed just 36.8 percent.

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2010 midterm elections
12:27 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Races The AP Has Called

The Associated Press is calling races across the state.

Here are the winners they've declared:

Statewide Texas Races

Rick Perry, GOP, elected Governor

David Dewhurst, GOP, elected Lieutenant Governor

Greg Abbott, GOP, elected Attorney General

Susan Combs, GOP, elected Comptroller

Todd Staples, GOP, elected Agriculture Commissioner

Jerry Patterson, GOP, elected Land Commissioner

David Porter, GOP, elected Railroad Commissioner

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2010 Midterm Elections
12:19 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Central Texas Election Night Results

Here are results from the important Central Texas elections we're following:

Governor:

WINNER: Rick Perry (REP)- Incumbent: 55.06%

Bill White (DEM): 42.18%

Kathie Glass (LIB):2.19%

Deb Shafto (GRN): .0.39%

Andy Barron (W-I): 0.16%

Precincts Reporting: 8,437 of 8,461

State Representative, District 45:

WINNER: Jason A. Isaac (REP): 53.9%

Patrick M. Rose (DEM)-Incumbent: 46.1%

Precincts Reporting: 73 of 73

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2010 midterm elections
11:34 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Latino Political Consultant Analyzes Hispanic Influence on Vote

Governor Rick Perry claimed victory Tuesday in his bid for a third full term as governor. One political consultant says Perry succeeded at selling his meesage to Hispanics.
Photo by Chris Kosho for KUT News

Frank Santos is a political and public relations strategist based in Austin, Texas. He spoke to KUT News by telephone to give his take on the role of Latinos on the 2010 midterm election. 

KUT News: What are you reading from these results?

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2010 Midterm Elections
10:49 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Four Central Texas Democrats Ousted

People at the State Democratic election party at the Driskill Hotel watch election results pour in.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Some well-known Central Texas Democrats lost their seats tonight.  In the U.S. House race for District 17, Chet Edwards lost to Republican Bill Flores, a first-time office seeker.  Edwards was a nearly 20 year veteran of the Congress and chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. 

Closer to home, Patrick Rose, a Hays Country Democrat first elected in 2002, lost to Republican Jason Isaacs. Matt Stiles of the Texas Tribune says both Democrats just ran out of luck.

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2010 Midtern elections
10:45 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Prop. 1 Fans Eager for $90 Million Transportation Investment

Bond money will go to improving sidewalks, bike infrastructure and more.
Photo by Rachel Wilcox for KUT News

With tonight's passage of the $90 million transportation bond, the city of Austin can expect to see new construction projects around the city. Hill Abell is a cycling enthusiast and owner of Bicycle Sport Shop. He told Gretch Sanders that approving Proposition 1 is a step towards a more sustainable future for Austinites.

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