News Brief
6:18 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Top Morning Stories March 10, 2011

The City of Austin is holding a public meeting Thursday to discuss the future of the East Riverside corridor.
Photo by KUT News

Meeting Tonight on Future of East Riverside

For over a year now, the City of Austin has been working on a new master plan for East Riverside Drive.  Thursday at 6 p.m. it will present its progress in a community forum, but questions remain over how development on East Riverside will impact the area's current residents. 

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Arts and Culture
3:53 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

NPR Board Chair Speaks Out on Schiller Resignation

NPR's Headquarters Building in Washington
Image by Sarah Reynolds

The chairman of NPR’s Board of Directors spoke with public radio stations across the country this afternoon about the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO.  You can listen to that statement here.

Dave Edwards of WUWM in Milwaukee said in a teleconference that the decision to accept the resignation was a difficult one for both the board  and for Schiller.  Edwards praised Schiller’s work for the company and for the industry during her tenure at NPR.

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Politics
9:25 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Former Speaker Craddick Falls at Committee Hearing

Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland)
Photo by KUT News

Former Speaker Tom Craddick fell to the ground during a House Transportation committee hearing this morning at the Capitol.  The Dallas Morning News is reporting Craddick was at the meeting to lay out his bill banning texting while driving when he apparently fainted and fell to the ground.

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News Brief
5:24 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Top Morning Stories March 9, 2011

The Texas women's basketball team beat Missouri Tuesday in the Big 12 Championship opener.
Photo by KUT News.

UT Women's Basketball in Big 12 Quarterfinals

The Texas women's basketball team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship.  The seventh seeded Longhorns beat Missouri 79-66 yesterday in the opening round.  Five players scored in the double figures.  The Horns will take on Texas A&M in the quarterfinals this evening.

Travis County Extends Burn Ban

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Texas
4:51 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Texas Peace Officers Memorial Hopes to Get a Facelift

You'll find the Texas Peace Officers Memorial, located on the northeast part of the Capitol.  You'll also find it's in need of repairs. The memorial is dedicated to law enforcement officers and corrections personnel in the state of Texas who've died in the line of duty.

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Education
4:05 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Hochberg Files Bill To Illustrate Education Cuts District-By-District

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It's not often that state lawmakers admit they don't like the bill they just filed, but that's exactly what State Rep. Scott Hochberg (D-Houston) did today after filing HB 2485.  The bill is accompanied by a spreadsheet that shows how drastic cuts to public education would affect individual school districts.

"We'll be laying out a budget that cuts $9.8 billion out of the schools.  But that's a number that doesn't mean anything to a legislator unless they know that means you're taking between $500 and $2,500 dollars per WADA (weighted average daily attendance) out of their local district," Hochberg said.

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Arts and Culture
3:26 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse Signs Deal With Fandango

The tiled entrance at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz downtown. Soon you will be able to buy your Drafthouse tickets at Fandango.
Image courtesy mirsasha http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirsasha/

Alamo Drafthouse fans who snapped up last week's enormously popular LivingSocial deal of $9 for two movie tickets from Fandango are patting themselves on the back right now. That's because the local food and film franchise announced today in a news release that it is partnering with the web-based movie ticketing firm.

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Politics
1:58 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Former City Council Member Max Nofziger To Challenge Randi Shade

Max Nofziger, a former council member from 1987 to 1996, returns. He will run in the city council election scheduled on May 14, 2011.
KUT News

Michael “Max” Nofziger, who was a former council member from 1987 to 1996 and a well-known flower salesman, will run for the 2011 City Council election. He will have to unseat incumbent Randi Shade, who is running for re-election.  Shade is also facing challenges from Kris Bailey and Chris Nielsen.

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Austin
11:21 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Mardi Gras Hits Downtown Austin

The calm before the storm: 6th Street is bracing for Mardi Gras revelers tonight.
Image by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

It's Mardi Gras.  And that means downtown Austin will be filled with revelers celebrating the end of the pre-Lenten period and otherwise getting indulgence out of their system before the Christian observance of Ash Wednesday.

Where there are partiers in downtown Austin, there will also be Austin police and a batch of street closures.  Here's a map of what will be closed tonight.  APD will also be enforcing a no-refusal DWI enforcement period tonight.  During Saturday's no refusal period, police obtained 10 search warrants to draw blood on suspected DWI drivers.

Austin News Brief
7:42 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Top Morning Stories for March 8, 2011

The Austin Community College Board has picked three finalists for ACC president.
Logo courtesy of Austin Community College.

ACC Board Announces 3 Finalists for President

The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees selected three finalists on Monday night to replace retiring President and CEO, Dr. Stephen B. Kinslow.

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Education
6:51 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Austin School Trustees Reject $10,000 Resignation Incentive

The sun rises over AISD headquarters. Last night, trustees opted not to offer $10,000 incentives to teachers who resign voluntarily.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

 

The Austin Independent School District's Board of Trustees last night opted not to adopt a plan to pay contract educators $10,000 for resigning voluntarily, reports Community Impact News.

According to Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, the board's recommendation stems from the possibility of AISD paying both incentive packages and unemployment insurance benefits, which would not save the district money.

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Texas
4:41 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Top Texas Ranger To Retire

Antonio "Tony" Leal was the first Hispanic to lead the Texas Rangers.
Image courtesy Texas Rangers

The first Hispanic to lead the Texas Rangers is retiring at the end of this month. 47-year-old Antonio “Tony” Leal is leaving to work in the private sector. He was appointed as Chief Texas Ranger in 2008.

Here's the full news release from the Texas Rangers:

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Politics
2:45 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

House Passes Sonogram Bill

The House gives final passage to sonogram bill
picture by KUT

The Texas House easily passed a controversial sonogram/abortion bill on 3rd reading today.  The bill now goes back to the Senate.  Senators there can either agree with the House changes to the bill or ask for a House/Senate conference committee to hammer out the differences.  The committee is the most likely route.  The bill would require all women to view a sonogram and hear the fetus heartbeat before having

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Austin
1:09 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Austin Police: Dude, Where's Your Car?

Photo by KUT

We received this rather unusual press release from Austin Police Department this morning and felt like sharing it with you.  Please remember to drink responsibly.

Austin Police Department Reminds Citizens to Remember Where They Park

The Austin Police Department would like to remind citizens to remember where they park when visiting the downtown entertainment district.  Recently citizens have been parking their vehicles and not remembering where they left them.  Because of this, APD has received several auto theft reports. 

Education
12:32 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

AISD Board Votes Tonight On Paying Teachers $10,000 To Quit

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In an effort to alleviate the pain inflicted by deleting more than 1,100 jobs, Austin School Trustees will consider a proposal tonight that would offer $10,000 lump sum payouts to teachers who resign voluntarily. The money would be provided in lieu of unemployment benefits of up to $10,790 per employee. A similar plan enacted in Dallas has proven popular, but AISD could be hindered by its advance notification of employees whose jobs are up for elimination.

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