sxsw 2011
4:40 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Volunteers Needed Next Month To Help Clean Up The City

Some of the trash that made it into the can (barely) during SXSW 2010. Keep Austin Beautiful wants people to help them pick up the rest in early April.
Photo by Dean Terry

Record breaking numbers of music fans swarmed the city for South by Southwest over the last few days, leaving behind a trail of beer cans and empty potato chip bags.  Keep Austin Beautiful is now trying to convince 4,000 people to help clean up anything still on the ground by Saturday, April 9.

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3:55 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Report: Austin Homes Taking Longer To Sell

Single family homes are sitting on the market 27 percent longer in February 2011 than the same time last year, according to a new report.
Ben Philpott

Single family homes are sitting on the market for 27 percent longer than they were in February 2011, according to a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report issued today by the Austin Board of Realtors in cooperation with the Texas A&M Real Estate Center.

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2:46 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

"Too Early To Speculate" How AT&T's T-Mobile Acquisition Would Affect Texas Jobs

AT&T, the first iPhone carrier in the US, wants to acquire T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, but it's too soon to say what that means for Texas jobs.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Dallas-based AT&T shocked investors yesterday with its offer to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion.  AT&T employs more than 36,000 people in Texas.  T-Mobile has more than 2,000 employees in Dallas alone, according to the Dallas Morning News.  We asked AT&T how the merger might affect jobs at what could soon be the largest cell phone company in the United States.

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SXSW 2011
1:21 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

After Biggest SXSW Ever, City Official Suggests We "Dial It Back"

A sign outside the bar Shangri-La on E. 6th St. yesterday thanked SXSW attendees for visiting and urged them to leave.
Photo by Nathan Bernier

The epic ten-day party that crashed down on Austin last week has grown to the point where it needs to be scaled back, according to City of Austin Music Programs Manager, Don Pitts.  "We need to curtail it, and I think dial it back some," Pitts said in a phone interview with KUT News.

"Some tougher standards should take place, and a lot of the events that we saw, the promoters or event producers were pretty inexperienced in handling those sizes of crowds," Pitts told KUT News.

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12:48 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Voter ID Debate Begins in the Texas House

The highly partisan bill is expected to pass the Texas House this week
picture by KUT

UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.:  A point of order on Voter ID bill has been sustained. The bill is headed back to committee for a clean-up. The language in the bill said "Days"; the bill's analysis said "Business Days," so the bill was sent back to clarify the discrepancy.

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12:13 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

1st Birthday for Federal Healthcare Bill

A birthday those opposed to the Federal Law aren't celebrating
Photo by KUT News

O.K.  We're actually a couple of days early, since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010.  But advocacy groups have been celebrating/commiserating the anniversary for the last week…so we thought we'd give you a sampling of what's already out there.

Political parties are saying pretty much what each has been saying over the last year.  Democtrats seem to be keeping quite so far... but those on the "Right" are vocal about their displeasure.

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12:06 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

The Red Line, One Year Later

The Red Line will be one year old on March 22, 2011.
Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News.

Capital Metro's Red Line train service turns one year old this Tuesday. Officials are pointing to higher rider numbers in recent months as proof that the commuter rail is catching on.

"Most of last year our average daily boarding were in the 800 to 900 range. In January that bumped up to about 1000, February to 1,200, and in March with some of the special service and huge crowds for South By Southwest we've seen much higher numbers just looking at the daily estimates so far," said Adam Shaivitz a spokesperson for the Transit Agency.

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11:51 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Bill Would Welcome Banner Ads On State Government Websites

HB 682 would allow state websites, like the Texas Education Agency's, to carry banner ads.
Photo by Nathan Bernier

As state lawmakers continue to brainstorm ideas for generating revenue to close a budget gap as large as $27 billion, one proposal suggests putting banner advertisements on state government websites. House Bill 682 would allow state agencies, departments, boards and commissions - except higher education institutions - to lease advertising space on their websites.

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News Brief
7:53 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Top Morning Stories for March 21, 2011

The Texas House is set to debate Voter ID legislation today.
Photo by KUT.

Texas House to Debate Voter ID Legislation

The Texas House is scheduled to debate the controversial Voter ID bill today. The bill would require all voters in Texas to show photo identification before casting a ballot at the polls.

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UT Mens Hoops
7:51 pm
Sun March 20, 2011

Hoop Dreams of Sweet 16 End for Texas

UT mens basketball coach Rick Barnes talks to reporters after Friday's UT win. The Longhorns lost to Arizona, 70-69, Sunday in the NCAA championship tournament
Image courtesy

For the Texas men's basketball team, the music at the Big Dance has ended.

Arizona's Derrick Williams' free throw with nine seconds left in regulation time gave the Wildcats a 70-69 win over the Texas Longhorns in the third round of the NCAA mens basketball tournament. 

Jordan Hamilton led the 'Horns in scoring with 18 points, as Texas put on a furious comeback in the second half after trailing by nine at halftime.

The 'Horns finish the year with a record of 28-8. 

9:49 am
Sun March 20, 2011

Perez Hilton Show New Venue, No Surprises

The band The Pretty Reckless entertains crowd at Perez Hilton's sxsw show Saturday.

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton drew a huge crowd for his annual SXSW show at the new ACL Live venue Saturday night.  The new location gave Hilton's event a more SXSW mainstream feel.  Security was tight and many fans who waited in line for wristbands earlier in the day did not get in, though there was never a guarantee.  Those who did get in, got to see performances by New Zealand's Kids of 88 and Zowie, Liz Phair, The Pretty Reckless, and Dirty Vegas.  Here's the Austin 360's

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9:48 am
Sun March 20, 2011

Sunday Morning Roundup

Spring has sprung across Central Texas
Image by Ian Crawford for KUT News

"When a Young Man's Fancy..."

We'll start your Sunday with something that will put a spring in your step:  The vernal equinox occurs at 6:21 p.m. today, meaning today is the first day of spring.  High temperatures today will be in the spring-like 80s, though not as warm as the past two days.

SXSW Ends with Celebration, Complaints

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5:04 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Effect of Japan Crisis on Texas Agriculture

Japan Crisis Could Raise Texas Farm Product Prices
Photo by Erika Aguilar for KUT News.

Japan is a major importer of U.S. agricultural goods. Corn is Japan’s number one U.S. import while wheat ranks second and soybeans third. The market in Japan for U.S. beef has been steadily growing as well.  Texas is a major producer and exporter to Japan of corn, wheat and beef. So what are the likely impacts of the Japan crisis for U.S. agricultural exports and for Texas agriculture?

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4:24 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Dan Neil Pulls Out of HD-48 Race

Dan Neil
Photo from Dan Neil's campaign website.

Dan Neil has withdrawn from the battle for Texas House District 48. 

In a statement released this afternoon, Neil said,

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11:13 am
Fri March 18, 2011

March Madness, Longhorns Style

UT Guard Dogus Balbay will lead the Longhorns into the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tourney
Image courtesy UT Athletics/

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.:  Just close enough for the Longhorns.  Texas escapes its second-round matchup with Oakland with an 85-81 win.  Reggie Hamilton led UT with 25 points; J'Covan Brown added 21.  The 'Horns now await the winner of the Arizona-Memphis match up to see who they'll play in the NCAA men's third-round Sunday in Tulsa.

UPDATE, 12:05 p.m.:  Texas shook off a slow start in the first half against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to take a 46-38 halftime lead.

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