Austin
5:01 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

President Obama Flies Over Austin

Air Force One flies over the University of Texas campus.
Photo by Ryland Barton for KUT News

President Barack Obama arrived at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport a little before 5pm, today. He will be speaking at Austin City Limits Moody Theater and a fundraising event at a private home.

Politics
4:16 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Perry, White House Point Fingers Over Refusal To Meet

Governor Rick Perry won't be meeting with President Obama during his Austin visit today.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT.

Governor Perry and President Obama aren't meeting during Obama's visit to Texas today. And, perhaps not surprisingly, each side is blaming the other. 

The White House says Perry refused to meet the President in El Paso earlier today.

The Associated Press reports Perry's office said Obama declined an invitation to tour areas of the state scorched by wildfire or to meet in Austin. 

Politics
2:29 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

President Obama Speaks in El Paso

The President is expected to address immigration issues in El Paso
Photo by KUT News

President Obama is delivering remarks on immigration now in El Paso.

Afterward, the President will travel to Austin for two fundraising appearances.

Politics
2:22 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

More Debate, Same Result: House Passes Sanctuary Cities

Rep. Burt Solomons finally got his "sanctuary cities" bill out of the Texas House.
Photo courtesy The Texas Tribune

In a last-ditch effort to tweak one of their most despised bills of the session, House Democrats tried — and failed — to adopt several amendments today to the “sanctuary cities” bill initially passed by the House late Monday.

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Education
12:37 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

A&M Chancellor Steps Down

The chancellor of the Texas A&M System announced his resignation today.
Photo courtesy of flickr.com/sarowen

Mike McKinney, the Chancellor of the Texas A&M University system, announced today that he'll step down as of July 1, 2011.

McKinney became A&M System chancellor in November 2006. Since then, system-wide enrollment in has increased from 103,000 students to almost 120,000 students.

“The 25 million taxpayers in the state of Texas certainly have received a significant return on their investment in the A&M System,” said McKinney in a letter to A&M employees.

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Austin
11:24 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Road Closures for Presidential Visit

President Obama's 5pm arrival in Austin will cause some delays for commuters and airline travelers this afternoon
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Update: If you're looking for information on President Obama's July 17, 2012 appearance in Austin, click here

Because of President Obama's visit to Austin today, police are not allowing people to park near the W Hotel downtown between 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. this afternoon. Mr. Obama will be speaking at the new ACL Studios at Moody Theatre late this afternoon.

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Texas
9:01 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories for May 10, 2010

President Obama speaking at the University of Texas in August 2010. Mr. Obama returns to Austin tonight to speak at a campaign fundraiser at the new ACL studios downtown.
Filipa Rodrigues

President Obama in Austin

President Obama winds up a day-long, two-stop trip to Texas in Austin late this afternoon.  Mr. Obama starts the day in El Paso, discussing border security and trade.  He's schedule to arrive in Austin about 5:00 p.m. for a campaign fundraiser downtown.  The President leaves for Washington about 9:00 p.m.

Busy Night at the Legislature

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Texas
4:33 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

FDA Recalls Supplements

The FDA has ordered dietary supplement Amoxilina off the shelves.
Photo by Gretch Sanders for KUT News.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered nine dietary supplements be recalled by Georgia-based Multi-Mex Distributor.  Among the supplements is Amoxilina, which was subject of a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

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Environment
2:10 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

UT Team To Probe Environmental Consequences Of "Fracking"

Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin will investigate the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking", a process used to extract natural gas from shale rock. Fracking has become a widespread practice in the United States and Texas for extracting vast reserves of domestic energy, but it is also the subject of fierce criticism from environmentalists who say it pollutes ground water and air.

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Transportation
1:14 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Texas Gets $15 Million for High-Speed Rail

The U.S. Transportation Department has granted $15 million to study a high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Image courtesy flickr.com/loudtiger

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $2 billion worth of funding today to expand high-speed intercity rail travel.  $15 million of that is coming to Texas.

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Education
12:53 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Austin ISD Board To Mull Historic Tax Exemptions Tonight

This map shows the location of historic landmarks in Austin. The school board is getting ready to decide whether to reinstate a program that gives tax breaks to the owners of those properties.
Image courtesy Austin ISD

Until last summer, if you lived in a home that was deemed to be a historical landmark, you could get a big break on your school property tax bill. That came to an end in August 2010, when the Austin ISD school board decided to suspend those exemptions in the face of a looming fiscal crisis. Tonight, the board is scheduled to talk about whether to reinstate the program.

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Higher Education
12:35 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

UT President Talks Budget Cuts, Research

UT Austin President William Powers gave the university community an update on the budget and his vision for the future during a speech Monday morning.
Photo by KUT News.

University of Texas President William Powers addressed the UT community this morning, touching on everything from state budget cuts, to his vision for the future and the importance he sees in having a leading research university. 

President Powers said, as the semester ends, the university still doesn’t know exactly how state budget cuts will affect UT.  But he gave an update on where things stand for the moment.

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Developing
12:10 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Officer-Involved Shooting in SE Austin

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo (file photo) says one person is dead after an officer involved shooting early Monday in SE Austin
Photo by KUT News

UPDATE 12:00 p.m.:  Austin Police are releasing more details about this morning's officer-involved shooting in Southeast Austin. 

Officials say a Hispanic man pointed a weapon at officers and fired at least one shot.  Officer Steven Pena, a three-year APD veteran, returned fire with several rounds from a shotgun.  The suspect later died at University Medical Center-Brackenridge. 

Police also say a witness told investigators that the suspect may have shot himself.  Pena has been placed on administrative leave, while the case is investigated.

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Austin
9:16 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Top Morning Stories May 6, 2011

Extreme fire is seen burning through thick fuel during the Highway 322 fire (Dimmit County) in March 2008.
Photo courtesy the Texas Forest Service

APD Officer Shoots and Kills Armed Suspect

One man was killed by an Austin police officer early this morning in Southeast Austin.  About 1:00, police responded to a "shots fired" call in an apartment complex on Burton Drive, near East Oltorf Street.

"The suspect's a male Hispanic, about—approximately 29 years of age.  And what occurred in this incident is he was trying to gain entry by shooting into—at a apartment door, trying to get into a house where his ex-girlfriend resided," said Police Chief Art Acevedo.

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Austin
10:22 am
Sun May 8, 2011

Sunday News Roundup, May 8, 2011

A breakfast treat for all you moms out there on Mothers Day 2011.
Image courtesy of Michael Coté http://www.flickr.com/photos/cote/4592105938/

Happy Mother's Day! It was in 1908 that the first Mother's Day was celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia by Anna Jarvis.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Sat May 7, 2011

Texas House Meltdown Ends in GOP Show of Force

It was a day of procedural maneuvers on the House floor.
Photo Courtesy The Texas Tribune

A day of parliamentary chaos in the House ended with the passage of Gov. Rick Perry’s newest emergency item: a tort reform bill. And a powerful message from Republicans to Democrats: mess with us at your own peril.

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Politics
1:17 pm
Sat May 7, 2011

Parliamentary Deadlock Grips the House Floor

Rep. Chisum and other Republicans try to figure out a way to get some of their priority bills passed in the House.
Photo Courtesy The Texas Tribune

With 38 members missing from House's first Saturday meeting — most of them Republicans — Democrats seized a chance to cause some procedural mischief when they realized only 14 of them would have to walk out to break a quorum.

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Texas
5:12 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Human Case Of Bubonic Plague Reported in New Mexico

The Wayson stain of bubonic plague, or Yersinia pestis. The bacteria has a characteristic "safety pin" appearance.
Photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Our neighbors to the west have recorded the country's first human case this year of the dreaded bubonic plague. A 58-year-old man in the area of Santa Fe, New Mexico is recovering in hospital, reports Albuquerque CBS affiliate KRQE.

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Transportation
4:40 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Lane Closures Could Slow Northbound I-35 This Weekend

Northbound traffic on Interstate 35 around Ben White could be slow this weekend as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) closes lanes to allow crews to work on a flyover.

Here's the schedule:

10 pm Friday to 4 am Saturday

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Texas
4:02 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Texas Drought: Could It Get Any Worse?

This map shows more of Texas in drought than any other time since it was introduced by the US Drought Monitor in January 2000.
Image courtesy US Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor started using the above map in 2000 to visually represent drought conditions. The newest map, released May 5, shows more land than ever before is in "exceptional drought," the most intense drought category used by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The Associated Press talked to National Weather Service Meteorologist Victor Murphy who said the same is true of the amount of land in "extreme drought", the second most severe category.

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