Traffic
10:30 am
Sat April 2, 2011

Car Crash Causes Power Outages And Blocked Roads

Austin Energy crews are on scene at Manchaca Rd. reparing two power poles that were damaged in a fatal car crash Saturday morning leaving residents without power.
Photo by Nasha Lee for KUT News.

About 60 customers are out of power this morning as Austin Energy crews repair two power poles on Manchaca Rd. near Stassney Ln. that were damaged by a serious car wreck early Saturday morning. Austin Police ask drivers to avoid the area. The road is expected to be shut down for about 7 hours as crews work and police officer investigate the accident.

The fatal car crash happened around 2:00 a. m. on Manchaca Rd. near Slaughter Ln. Austin Energy spokesperson Ed Clark said in press release that approximately 2,600 customers initially out of power.

Read more
Politics
12:39 am
Sat April 2, 2011

Texas House Closes Budget Debate for the Night

Lawmakers will break until Sunday.
Photo by KUT News

The Texas House has ended debate for the night on the state budget.  Lawmakers were able to get through the first 3 articles of the $164 billion bill - that includes general government (I), health and human services (II) and education (III).

Politics
8:48 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Budget Protesters Fill Hall Outside Texas House

ADAPT protestors mourning the "death" of several state programs.
Photo by KUT News

House Democrats aren't the only ones not happy about the spending cuts made in that chamber's version of the state budget.  ADAPT of Texas, a grassroots disability rights group, has a full protest on the 2nd floor landing right outside the House chamber.  Their chants have been heard over the last couple of hours anytime the debate in chambers hits a lull.  The ADAPT website lists several reasons for their opposition to the things the group says the bill does:

Read more
Politics
6:48 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

House Moves to Education Section of State Budget

The education debate begins in the House.
Photo courtesy the Texas Tribune for KUT News

Family planning was the target in in Article II of the budget. The Windham School District (an education system run in state prisons) appears to be the piggy bank for Article III. The first three amendments take about $1.1 million from Windham to pay for other educational programs. The fourth takes sweeps the entire Windham budget, $84 million, for other programs.

Read more
Politics
5:07 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Picking On Family Planning

Republicans had several amendments to move money out of family planning.
Photo by Ryland Barton for KUT News

The House is taking up the 371 pre-filed state budget amendments article by article.  There are 11 articles in the budget, although Article 11 is mostly a repository for projects that are not going to get funding. 

Read more
Environment
4:01 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Ozone Season's Greetings!

Austin Mayor Lee Leffignwell marked the start of Ozone Season with a press conference at City Hall.
Mose Buchele for KUT News.

It's that time of year again. 

April 1 to October 31 is ozone season in Central Texas.  These are the months when we expect the highest amounts of ground level ozone in the air. Last year, the Austin area came dangerously close to falling out of attainment of the federal clean air standard of 74 parts of ozone per-billion.  With the Environmental Protection Agency set to announce even stricter standards, it could be even harder for the region to stay in attainment this year.

Read more
Politics
9:59 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Budget Debate Begins in the Texas House

Debate on HB 1 could last throughout the night.
Photo by KUT News

The Texas House is off and running this morning on HB 1, the state budget bill. The $164 billion dollar budget is about $23 billion less than the budget passed in the 2009 legislative session. It also does not take into account population and enrollment growth in many state agencies and programs, like K-12 public education.

Read more
Arts and Culture
7:37 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Watch Reagan High School Band Peforming with Kanye West

This morning's Austin American-Statesman reports on what was likely a dream come true for kids in the Reagan High School band: performing with Kanye West at the Seaholm Power Plant during SXSW.

Read more
Politics
6:35 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Cracking open the 'Rainy Day Fund'

A long weekend of debates on the state budget began Thursday morning.
Photo by Ryland Barton for KUT News

Because Texas doesn’t have enough money to run the state for the rest of the fiscal year, legislators gave initial approval to HB 275 today, authorizing a $3.1 billion withdrawal from the so-called rainy day fund to help  pay for a more than $4 billion supplemental appropriation. That bill is also set for final passage on Friday.

Read more
Politics
4:57 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Texas House Cuts To Cover Current Shortfall

Photo by KUT

The Texas House passed a bill today to that would reduce funding to state agencies and institutions of higher education by a total of $1.5 billion for the rest of this fiscal year. The cuts address a $4.5 billion shortfall the state is facing for FY 2011, which ends on August 31st.

Read more
Austin
12:49 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Auditor: Cabbies' Complaint Carries no Weight

A Yellow Cab cruising down Guadalupe.
Mose Buchele for KUT News.

Earlier this month KUT News blogged about an ethics complaint filed by the Taxi Driver Association of Austin. The association alleged that city council members violated the city charter by accepting donations from owners and managers of Austin Yellow Cab, which hold franchises for taxi operations in the city.

Read more
Gangs
12:36 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

APD Announces Arrests in Gang Drug Bust

APD displayed drugs and guns seized in the arrests to the media at APD HQ.
Mose Buchele, KUT News

Austin police have arrested 29 people in connection with a gang drug bust operation. Police are still looking for ten others.  All arrest warrants are for delivery of a controlled substance (in this case cocaine) which is a first degree felony.          

Read more
sxsw 2011
12:30 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Austin Chronicle April Fools Joke Pokes Fun At SXSW Concerns

The Austin Chronicle April Fool's joke makes light of public handwringing over the growth of SXSW.

The city's alternative weekly, the Austin Chronicle, hit news stands today with the shocking front page story that South by Southwest was planning construction of a nine story dome in Bastrop to host the annual music, internet, film, and education conference outside Austin city limits.

Read more
Education
11:30 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Ask The AISD Superintendent About The Budget Tonight

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen speaks to reporters with her CFO Nicole Conley-Abram in the background. The two will be answering questions about the budget tonight at Bowie High School.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen will be out in public again this evening with her financial chief, Nicole Conley-Abram, trying to explain the school district's budget situation and take input from the public.

Read more
Politics
10:50 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Watch The Texas House Debate Live

Our political reporting partner, the Texas Tribune, is live streaming the House floor as lawmakers debate several key pieces of budget legislation.  The Trib's Thanh Tan is also live blogging the debate. 

Read more

Pages